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Toshiba Qosmio X875: A Strong Gaming Candidate, But Is 3D Still Required?

The Good: The Toshiba Qosmio X875 provides great gaming and application performance, with adequate configuration choices for keeping the price affordable.

The Bad: one gets to pay for extras that are expensive , including Blu-ray burner and stereoscopic 3D. The design is, like the other replacement laptops, dated and clunky.

The Bottom Line: this Toshiba Qosmio X875 could be configured to a powerful and reasonably priced gaming machine.

 

Where to buy:

 Toshiba
Amazon.com
TigerDirect.com
Kmart.com

 

Quick Specifications:

starting price : $1,879 / $1,199
Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM
Memory: 16GB, 1600MHz DDR3
Hard drive: 1.0TB 5,400rpm w/8GB SSD + 1.0TB 5,400rpm
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Operating system: Windows 8
Dimensions (WD): 16.5 x 10.7 inches
Height: 1.7 inches
Screen size (diagonal): 17.3 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter: 7.7/9.8 pounds

 

Product Specifications

Manufacturer:  Toshiba
Part Number: CNETQosmio X875
Packaged Quantity 1
System Type Notebook
OS Provided Windows 8
Bundled with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Kit
Notebook type Desktop replacement ,Gaming ,HD display, Blu-ray drive , 3D display

Processor / Chipset

CPU  Intel Core i7 3 i7-3630QM / 2.4 GHz
Max Turbo Speed 3.4 GHz
Number of Cores Quad-Core
Cache  L3 cache – 6 MB
64-bit Computing  Yes
Chipset Mobile Intel HM76 Express
Features  Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Memory

RAM 16 GB ( 4 x 4 GB )
Max RAM Supported 16 GB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Speed 1600 MHz
Slots Qty 4
Empty Slots 0

Storage

Hard Drive  1 TB Hybrid Drive / 5400 rpm
Interface Serial ATA-300
Hard Drive (2nd) 1 TB HDD / 5400 rpm – Serial ATA-300
Optical Drive BD-RE – Fixed
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL) / 6x (BD-R) / 4x (BD-R DL)
Rewrite Speed 4x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM) / 2x (BD-RE) / 2x (BD-RE DL)

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature  41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating  20 – 90% (non-condensing)

Display

Type  17.3 in
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Widescreen  Yes
Image Aspect Ratio  16:9
Features TruBrite

Audio & Video

Video System Features  NVIDIA Optimus
Camera Yes
Camera Features 3D twin on-board cameras
Compliant Standards SRS Premium Sound 3D
Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M – 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Sound Harman/kardon quad speakers , Microphone

Input Type Backlit keyboard, ClickPad
  Features Built-in numeric keyboard, Multi-touch touchpad
Communications Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
  Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
  Features  Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
  Compliant Standards  Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Battery Technology 8-cell Lithium ion
  Capacity 47 Wh
AC Adapter Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
  Output 180 Watt , 19 V , 9.5 A
Connections & Expansion Interfaces VGA, HDMI, Microphone input, Headphone output,
4 x USB 3.0,LAN
  Memory Card Reader Card reader ( SDHC Memory Card ), ( SDXC Memory Card ),( SD Memory Card ),( miniSD ),( microSD )

Software

Software Included Toshiba Recovery DiskCreator, Toshiba Service Station Toshiba Hardware Setup Utility, Skydrive Desktop, Norton Anti-Theft (60 days trial),
Toshiba Resolution+, SRS Premium Sound 3D, Norton Online Backup (30 days trial), Toshiba PC Health Monitor, Toshiba HDD Protection, Toshiba Supervisor Password Utility, Intel Wireless Display Technology 3.0, Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery, Toshiba HDD recovery, Toshiba Eco Utility, WildTangent Game Console, Origin, Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, Toshiba Bluetooth Stack,
Toshiba Disc Creator, Toshiba Sleep Utility, Toshiba Video Player, Toshiba Book Place, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft Office (60 days trial), Toshiba Media Player, Microsoft Windows Essentials, Norton Laptop Checkup, Norton Internet Security 2013 (30 days subscription)

Miscellaneous

Color Black widow styling in diamond-textured aluminum, black keyboard
Compliant Standards RoHS
Localization United States
Features Toshiba Hard Drive Impact Sensor,
Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately) ,
USB Sleep-and-charge ports,
Sleep-and-music

Dimensions & Weight Width:  16.5 in
  Depth: 10.7 in
  Height :                1.7 in
  Weight :  7.5 lbs
Manufacturer Warranty Service & Support:  1 year warranty
  Service & Support Details : Limited warranty – Parts and labor – 1 year,  Limited warranty – Battery – 1 year
Sustainability ENERGY STAR Qualified                 Yes
Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011)      2.8
Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012)      2.3

 

This is one of the few gaming laptops with 17-inch screen that we have seen since Windows 8 launch and it already is unique in all the convertibles or slim ultrabooks.

Actually, it goes one step ahead, by going to the hard-drive bandwagon including the ITB drive. Toshiba calls the $1,879 X875 features “the industry’s first 1TB 2.5-inch high-capacity hybrid hard drive,” with flash memory of 8GB. According to Toshiba, the new in-house developed drive reduced the application startup and read/write times. The rest of the configurations run beginning from $1199‒$2299.

X875 is for everyday tasks and for gaming, and is quite fast, as could be expected from an Intel Core i7 CPU laptop with graphics card of GeForce 670M. The laptop also has a screen that is compatible with the stereoscopic platform with Nvidia’s Vision 3D and also with a 3D glasses pair. It is expected that touch screen rather than the 3D feature should have been included.

Its Features And The Big Design
the new model carries on the tradition of extravagancy and the style is known as the “sophisticated Clack Widow styling”, featuring an aluminum shell which is diamond-textured and has the Qosmio logo on its lid.

As opposed to the concept of weight and size reduction with technology advancement, this laptop weighs 7.7 pounds and is 1.7-inch thick. A good feature that comes with a big laptop is a big keyboard and touch pad, a style associated with Toshiba and not changed from quite a time. A full-size number pad is also included this time. The keys are backlit with Toshiba’s red colour and function keys now are reversed, what means one doesn’t need to hold the Fn key in order to access brightness, volume or other controls relating to keys from F1 to F12.

The big touch-pad is clickpad-style, without the mouse’s left button and right one being separate. This gives one space for navigation of fingers and specific combination of textured-pad surface, with the Synaptics touch-pad hardware and also software, making it a responsive and awesome Windows 8 touch-pad experience for users. This is particularly important since the 17.3-in display, running with 1,920×1,080 pixels isn’t touch screen. Majority of the laptops with Windows 8 have touch screens but not any of the gamer-level graphics have come with this feature.

Full-HD screen happens to be bright and look good from the off-axis views as well. With 2D monitor, it is great for video playback and games. Using the Nvidia 3D glasses, game content and videos and photos do look good but the glasses darken the image overall and cut the resolution one normally sees.

The Blu-ray player, which is a Toshiba app to watch movies in 3D Blu-ray, is also slow and counterintuitive as one cannot use the mouse actually to navigate within the menu options and has to depend on Enter and arrow keys.

Unless coded with Nvidia 3D Vision support, games are either a miss or hit. The latest BioShock: Infinite, for instance, looks terrible and runs slow in the the 3D mode.

 

Toshiba Qosmio X875

Average For Category [Desktop Replacement]

Video VGA plus HDMI VGA plus HDMI or DisplayPort
Audio Quad speakers, headphone/microphone jacks. Stereo speakers with subwoofer, headphone/microphone jacks.
Data 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader, eSATA
Networking Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical drive BD-RW drive DVD burner or Blu-ray player

Battery Life, Performance And Connections

  • Connections

This laptop is not what you can call ultraslim and comes with dual-video outputs, mic and headphone jack, four ports for USB and a recordable drive for Blu-ray.

  • Performance

If you don’t intend to spend much, consider the $1199 model that has graphics of Nvidia 670M, Core i7 processor and 1080p screen. What lessens is the RAM to 8GB from 16GB and the 3D functions and Blu-ray are not the part of package.

This is not a surprise that the laptop, with Intel’s Core i7 2.4GHz CPU and 16GB RAM, along with the hard drive that’s hybrid, will be quite fast. This is matched with the other laptops with Core i7, like the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500. This means that X875, either you pay $2200 or $1200, would be faster for even video editing, heavy multitasking and other tasks that require high pressure.

The basic reason to go for it and not other quad-core laptops is its high-end GPU. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 is towards the top of line and a reason you could consider to pay for a laptop more than $1000. At 1080p resolution, X875 runs BioShock:Infinite at the rate of 20.1 frames in a second with high settings. The high-end Metro 2033 runs with 13.3 frames each second at same resolution. This means by dialing back somewhat from top settings that are for the purpose of gaming desktops, one can get the “frame rates” from any game currently being played, even at pixels 1,920×1,080.

  • Battery life

With much power running through this system, it would be wise not to expect much when it comes to battery life. With a video playback, it could run till an hour and 39 minutes and with a game running, along with any of 3D content, the battery life will be even less.

Closing Statements:
The Toshiba Qosmio X875 is one among the only new 17-inch Windows8 “gaming laptop” that could be bought right now. Inside, the components are current, also including the hybrid new hard drive, though feature and design feel dated and also the stereoscopic clunky 3D implementation as well as lack of touch screen. When you go to market for replacement of a gaming desktop, you are advised to skip the 1800-plus configuration but start with the $1199 model and adding the must-have upgrades along.

The Good: The Toshiba Qosmio X875 provides great gaming and application performance, with adequate configuration choices for keeping the price affordable. The Bad: one gets to pay for extras that are expensive , including Blu-ray burner and stereoscopic 3D. The design is, like the other replacement laptops, dated and clunky. The Bottom Line: this Toshiba Qosmio X875 could be configured to a powerful and reasonably priced gaming machine.   Where to buy:  Toshiba Amazon.com TigerDirect.com Kmart.com   Quick Specifications: starting price : $1,879 / $1,199 Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM Memory: 16GB, 1600MHz DDR3 Hard drive: 1.0TB 5,400rpm w/8GB SSD…

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