The Bottom Line
Mar 17 2014 - The Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295 is a very affordable 17-inch laptop with some impressive 3D and general performance. It is also thinner and lighter than many of the other 17-inch gaming laptops on the market but this comes at the price of a much smaller battery with half the running time. The standout feature of the system though is the very bright and colorful display that is certainly better than most of them on the market. The only downside is that its glossy coating makes it a bit more difficult to use outdoors. Overall, it is a nice choice for those looking at a slightly thinner and lighter gaming laptop that is still affordable, as long as you can live with some of its quirks.
- Bright and Colorful Display
- Solid Performance
- Very Short Battery Life
- Runs Hot
- Glossy Screen Coating
- Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- Two 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drives in RAID 0 Array
- Dual Layer DVD Burner
- 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M 3GB GDDR5 Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, 7-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.5" x 10.7" x 1.7" @ 7.6 lbs.
- Windows 8.1
Review - Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295
Mar 17 2014 - Toshiba's Qosmio laptops have always been a mix of entertainment and gaming. The 17-inch laptop is a clad in an aluminum silver-gray exterior and metallic red accents. This time around, they have reduced the amount of red so that it primarily is just a band around the keyboard deck and the bright red logo has been moved to the lower corner so as to not be as prominent. While still relatively thick at 1.7-inches thick, it is a bit thinner and lighter than many of the systems that it is up against.
Powering the Qosmio X75 is the Intel Core i7-4700MQ quad core mobile processor that is found in many of the 17-inch laptop systems. This processor offers a high level of performance that allows it to provide a fast experience whether it is playing a PC game or doing a task like desktop video editing. Just be warned that the system can get very hot when running these demanding tasks for longer periods of time such that it can reach temperatures where it throttles back the performance. The processor is matched up with 16GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth Windows experience and should no require any upgrading through its life.
Toshiba elected to stick with traditional hard drives for the Qosmio X75-A7295 but with a twist. Rather than using a single drive, it combines two 500GB drives into a RAID 0 array that provides it with additional performance compared to a single traditional hard drive. The problem is that while it does offer better performance, it still falls short of what a solid state drive could provide. Toshiba does offer other models with that option but they do cost more. If you do need additional space, there are four USB 3.0 ports (two on either side) for use with high speed external hard drives. There is a dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
With the Qosmio's focus being on entertainment, Toshiba elected to put in an excellent display. The 17.3-inch display panel features your typical 1920x1080 native display resolution for full 1080p high definition video. Brightness was certainly better than average and this helped provide it with deep color and good contrast. Viewing angles are also quite good. About the only negative with the display is the glossy coating compared to the matte coatings used by many others. This helps bring out the colors but makes using it outdoors or in challenging lightning more difficult but to reflections. The graphics for the system are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M graphics processor. This provides it with a solid level of 3D performance that will allow it to play most games at the full resolution with high detail levels. There are still a few very demanding games that will require that resolution or detail levels be turned down to have smooth frame rates.
The keyboard for the Qosmio X75 is of a nice overall size even though there is a fair amount of space on either side of the keyboard. The keys use a flat isolated style that are comfortable enough if a bit on the noisy side. The biggest problem is that the space bar is narrower than most others which can lead to more typing issues from time to time. There is a full size numeric keypad include along with red back lighting to match the red accents of the case design. The trackpad is a nice large size and features integrated buttons rather than discrete ones. Overall, it provided an accurate experience with single and multitouch gestures but it did pick up accidental brushes a bit more than would be liked.
The battery pack for the Toshiba Qosmio X75 is sadly quite small with just a 47WHr capacity. This puts it well below most other 17-inch performance laptops that average around 80WHr. The result is that the laptop only runs for two and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is well below the three to four hours that most of its competition was able to achieve in the same test. Sadly, this means that if you are gaming on the battery, you will likely only have around one hour before it needs to be plugged in.
Pricing for the Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295 is around $1300 which makes it one of the more affordable 17-inch laptops that are gaming capable. The primary competition that Toshiba has in this market segment comes from ASUS with their ROG G750JW and Cyberpower with their Fangbook EVO HX7. Both of these systems are in the same rough price range. Toshiba's system is much lighter than both of these two but it sacrifices much in terms of battery life. Both of the competing laptops do offer a few more peripheral connectors and more flexibility either when being ordered for the Cyberpower unit or after market in the case of the ASUS.