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Toshiba Qomsio X505-Q870 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q870 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Toshiba Qosmio X505

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The Bottom Line

Jan 27 2010 - If portability isn't too much of an issue and you want a high performance gaming system for $1500, the Toshiba Qosmio X505-870 is an excellent choice. The system offers some outstanding performance thanks to the Core i7 quad core processor and some superb gaming thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M. The inclusion of a Blu-ray drive makes it a nice multimedia platform. The big problem beyond the portability though is the screen resolution that diminishes what would otherwise be a superb system.

Pros

  • Fast Quad Core Processor
  • High Performance 3D Graphics
  • Blu-ray Compatible Drive

Cons

  • Screen Resolution Doesn't Support 1080p Video
  • Very Heavy
  • Glossy Keyboard Somewhat Difficult To Use

Description

  • Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 18.4" WSXGA+ (1680x945) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M Graphics With 1GB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, VGA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 17.4" x 11.6" x 1.6" @ 9.7 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, DVD MovieFactory, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Qomsio X505-Q870 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jan 27 2010 - Toshiba's Qosmio X505-Q870 is clearly designed as a high performance mobile gaming platform. While it isn't the highest level of X505 from Toshiba, it certain offers a good balance between price and performance that many will be attracted too. Much of the performance can be attributed to the Intel Core i7 quad core mobile processor that outperforms the previous Core 2 processors even when they are equipped with DDR3 memory.

The 18.4-inch display panel on the Qosmio X505-Q870 adds a significant amount of bulk to the laptop. This combined with the high performance parts and their required cooling means that this is one of the heavier laptops on the market falling just short of ten pounds. Add in the power adapter and it isn't one of the most portable. The big issue though is the 18.4-inch display used on this model only reaches a 1680x945 resolution rather than a more typical 1920x1080. This is probably one of the main reasons for the more affordable $1500 price tag.

One of the more interesting features on the Qosmio X505-Q870 is the new NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M graphics processor. Essentially it is a slightly faster version of the previous GTS 260M and falls between this and the higher end GTX series cards. It is quite capable and for gaming has no issue playing games up to the 1680x945 resolution of the 18.4-inch panel.

Toshiba was one of the main developers of the HD-DVD format and was a long hold-out to support Blu-ray after they had conceded the format war. Now they have included Blu-ray compatible drives on their laptops which is a nice addition. It would be nicer if the unit supported full 1080p resolutions but it can be hooked up to an external display via HDMI.

Battery life in the Qosmio X505 is not going to be one of its strong points. All of the power hungry components end up taking a toll on overall running time. DVD playback will net roughly two hours of running time while Blu-ray will drop this below two hours. More typical laptop usage will bring the overall running time closer to three hours. This isn't as bad as some gaming specific laptops but below the desktop replacement average.

Previous versions of the Qosmio laptops had some questionable coloring. Toshiba has decided to scale back the red flame display cover with a more subdued black design that will appeal to a larger audience. Surface materials are still quite glossy including the keyboard which can be problematic during long gaming or typing sessions where fingers can slip across the surface.

Overall, the Toshiba Qomsio X505-Q870 is a good choice for the gamer wanting a powerful desktop replacement for mobile gaming. Its performance in games is very strong and it isn't too bad in non-gaming applications either. It would have been nice to see a higher resolution display but that is always an option with their higher priced models.

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