The Bottom Line
Jul 20 2012 - Toshiba's Qosmio X875-Q7280 offers a decent overall 17-inch gaming laptop but it has one major issue and that is the display. Most gaming laptops in this price range offer a full 1080p capable display but Toshiba opted for a lower resolution one. They make up for this by including more memory and storage space than much of the competition but it misses the fact that the graphics and display are the two most critical components for a gaming system. Performance is good thanks to the Ivy Bridge quad core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics but at its price point, there are just better overall options for those looking to use it for gaming.
- Strong General and 3D Performance
- Greater Memory And Storage Space
- Lower Resolution Display That Can't Support 1080p Video
- Small Battery For Relatively Short Running Times
- Intel Core i7-3610QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 12GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- Two 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drives
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M Graphics With 3GB Memory
- 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" @ 7.5 lbs
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Review - Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7280
Jul 20 2012 - Toshiba's Qosmio lineup of laptop has typically had some flare to the design typical of many gaming systems. With the X875 version, they have kept the much of the same overall with a number of changes to the locations of the red flare and the design of the keyboard which I will talk about more later on. Now rather than red on the bottom of the display lid, it has been moved to the sides of the laptop. On the keyboard deck, the red has shifted away from the top deck to the trim the various keys and trackpad. The laptop is still a fairly chunky beast with 1.7-inch hinge.
In terms of performance, Toshiba went with the Intel Core i7-3610QM quad core processor to power its latest Qosmio X875-X7280 laptop. This should provide the system with more than enough performance for PC gaming or even demanding general tasks such as desktop video editing. It is paired up with 12GB of DDR3 memory which provides it with a very smooth experience in Windows and will likely never require memory upgrades. Most similarly priced systems tend to come with 8GB of memory.
Storage for the Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7280 is a bit different from most others. It relies on traditional hard drives which isn't unusual but it does come with two 500GB drives rather than a single drive. This means that it has a bit more space than the average gaming laptop that typical features either a single 500GB or a 750GB hard drive. There is no solid state memory at all in the system either as a cache or a dedicated drive but in many ways it would have been nice to see Toshiba use a single larger drive with a smaller cache based SSD drive for improved data access and boot times. If you do need additional space, the system features a total of four USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of DVD or CD media.
Most 17-inch gaming laptops opt to have a display that can display a full 1080p video or game. Toshiba has opted to use a lower 1600x900 resolution 17.3-inch display panel for the Toshiba Qosmio X875. This is a bit disappointing as it can't support 1080p. The color and contrast are both acceptable as are the viewing angles. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics processor, it has no problem playing the most modern games up to the full resolution of the display. This is one slight advantage of having the lower resolution screen but it does drop the detail compared to its competitors. The graphics processor also has the benefit of accelerating non-3D applications that use the CUDA code.
The keyboard design uses the isolated or chiclet keys that are typical of most laptops these days. It is in a recessed portion of the deck and features a red outline with backlighting. A number of the media keys and lights present in the past versions have been removed to give it a cleaner overall appearance. The keyboard offers an accurate enough experience that isn't great or bad in any particular way. The trackpad uses a textured surface that is very subtly distinguished from the deck by the red outline trim similar to the keyboard. Unfortunately, the buttons are integrated into the trackpad which is problematic at times when dealing with the left and right clicks. Of course, gamers will typical use an external mouse so this probably won't be a huge issue.
For a gaming laptop, the Toshiba Qosmio X875 is relatively light at seven and a half pounds. Much of this weight savings comes from the small 47WHr capacity battery pack used in the system. This is relatively small and more common with a typical 15 or 17-inch consumer laptop than a power hungry gaming laptop. In video playback testing, the system ran for just under two and a half hours before going into standby mode. Toshiba claims it could run up to 3.9 hours but this would be with very little use on the most conservative power settings. Obviously, a gaming laptop isn't going to be used like this much. It does beat out a couple of other gaming systems such as the ASUS G75VW and Samsung Series 7 Gamer but only by fifteen minutes. It falls well short of what the HP Pavilion dv7 can achieve with its battery that is twice the capacity of this one although it is a general purpose laptop.
With a price or roughly $1450, the Qosmio is priced within a number of other 17-inch gaming laptops including the ASUS G75VW, the base Alienware M17x and a number of MSI GT70 based laptops including the Cyberpower and iBUYPOWER. In each of these systems, they all offer a higher resolution display and generally better battery life. Both Alienware and ASUS are heavier while the MSI based systems offer a similar overall weight. Of course, each has less overall storage space and only the ASUS offers the same amount of RAM.