Sep 26 2010 - Toshiba's popular Qosmio X500 Series notebooks just received a refresh, and the updated models now offer an NVIDIA GTX 460M GPU with 1.5GB of GDDR5 allowing gamers to take advantage of DirectX 11 games. The Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q893 is an affordable notebook with these updated graphics that can play the latest games and supports NVIDIA 3D Vision. Although a quad-core processor isn't standard, it is adequate for the time being. However, if you're looking for a notebook to last well into the future you may want to upgrade to the Intel Core i7-740QM Qosmio X505-Q894 model.
- Strong Direct X 11 Graphics
- Supports NVIDIA 3D Vision
- HDMI Port
- Screen Resolution Lacks 1080p Support
- Uses Dual Core Processor
- No Blu-ray Drive
- Intel Core i5-460M Dual-Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x SuperMulti DVD Burner
- 18.4" WSXGA+ (1680x945) LCD Display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M Graphics With 1.5 GB GDDR5
- Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless 802.11b/g/n
- One eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo Port, Three USB 2.0 Ports
- 7.4" x 11.6" x 1.83" @ 10.1 Pounds
- >Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Review - Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q893 18.4-inch Gaming Notebook Computer
Seeing as the Qosmio X505 is a part of Toshiba's gaming laptop line, it is no surprise that the computer is a bit flashy at first glance. The finish is primarily Omega Black with red chrome trim that is sleek without being too bright. An Intel Core i5-460M dual-core processor is standard and runs at 2.53GHz with 3MB of L3 cache. This notebook is large with an 18.4-inch TruBrite display that offers 1680 x 945 resolution and 720p support. If you're not into 3D gaming, this resolution is a bit low. Don't expect to tote this laptop around all day, also, as it weighs a little over 10 pounds. Battery life is up to 3.75 hours with the included 12-cell battery, but Toshiba offers an Eco Utility button to conserve power if need be.
The Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q893 also comes equipped with a 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive. While additional storage is welcome, the 500GB drive is more than adequate for the $1,299 price. The same goes for memory in this notebook. Although 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 is included, the system is upgradable to 8GB. If you like to game with maxed out settings, you will do better with a more powerful machine, such as the ASUS G73JW. But for mainstream gamers, the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q893 is a great option.
Thanks to Toshiba's recent update, the entire line of Qosmio X505 notebooks now include an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics card with 1.5GB GDDR5 discrete graphics memory. It supports NVIDIA PhysX, 3D Vision, and DirectX 11, which is great for gamers on a budget since the previous generation did not offer these features.
As with most Toshiba notebooks, a slew of included options are at your fingertips. Harmon Kardon speakers are standard, along with an 8x SuperMulti DVD drive and wireless-N card. Unfortunately, a Blu-ray drive is only included in the pricier $1,599 X505-Q894 model. The Toshiba Qosmio X505-893 also has four USB ports with an option to charge electronics while the system is in sleep mode which is an added convenience. And since this laptop is made for gaming, it's a blast to have an LED backlit keyboard with a 10-key numeric pad.
In conclusion, the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q893 is a fantastic gaming laptop if you're on a budget. It offers the necessary features to play games, including 3D titles. For students, casual gamers, and individuals looking to use their computer to enjoy multimedia, the Qosmio X505-Q893 is a worthwhile buy.