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:
|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|
|Screen size (diagonal):||17.3 inches|
|System weight / Weight with AC adapter:||7.7/9.8 pounds|
|Part Number:||CNETQosmio X875|
|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|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel HM76 Express|
|Features||Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0|
|RAM||16 GB ( 4 x 4 GB )|
|Max RAM Supported||16 GB|
|Hard Drive||1 TB Hybrid Drive / 5400 rpm|
|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)|
|Min Operating Temperature||41 °F|
|Max Operating Temperature||95 °F|
|Humidity Range Operating||20 – 90% (non-condensing)|
|LCD Backlight Technology||LED backlight|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9|
Audio & Video
|Video System Features||NVIDIA Optimus|
|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|
|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 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)
|Color||Black widow styling in diamond-textured aluminum, black keyboard|
|Features||Toshiba Hard Drive Impact Sensor,
Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately) ,
USB Sleep-and-charge ports,
|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
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.
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.
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.