The last Qosmio, the X500, I reviewed was tacky, not as powerful as its competitors and had no real zest.
It seems as though Toshiba has come up with an infinitely more exciting gaming laptop. All this excitement goes by the spine-tingling title…X870.
To be honest I am not surprised as it follows a series where each year Toshiba adds one hundred or two hundred to attain a new name. That being said Toshiba are not the only ones. I’d like to think that gamers want their laptop to have as cool a name as its performance. However that marks one of the very few criticisms I have for the X870.
This laptop is tremendously powerful boasting: Intel i7 3610QM 2.3GHz processors, 16GB of 1600MHz RAM, GeForce GTX 670M 3GB DDR5 graphics and two 750GB 5400rpm hard drives. It also has a Blu Ray Optical Drive, Harman/Kardon speakers, a 3D capable screen and four USB3 ports. Suffice to say that Toshiba have not skimped on power or technology. I am surprised that this laptop is still able to operate for 8 hours on its battery whilst playing three games, watching a movie and surfing simultaneously. I am equally surprised that it does not require a nuclear power station to keep it running.
In addition it does not have a weight equal to that of a small moon. The one I am reviewing only weighs 3.8kg which is roughly the same as a new born baby and we all know that you can pick those up with one hand.
However the reason for this lack in weight becomes obvious when you notice how cheap the plastics Toshiba used are. It feels flimsy and I can honestly say it lacks solidity. I get the feeling that if Toshiba did refuse to use metals and denser plastics it was only to save money. When I buy top performing objects I expect them to be made of materials so rare that they haven’t even be named yet. That being said the Qosmio is cheaper than the equivalent Alienware.
Another issue I had was the tile keyboard, which is fantastic for a work oriented laptop. The Qosmio however, is not a work oriented laptop but rather a hard-core gaming machine. Any gamer will tell you that a precise mouse and perfectly suited keyboard makes all the difference to their gaming performance.
There is one aspect that I could not quite categorise, its look. It is understated, simple and inconspicuous. I am not sure whether this is in its favour or not. On one hand I think a gaming laptop should be brash, loud and attract attention in any situation. However I can almost perceive the technicians and designers at Toshiba focussing solely on performance and giving the styling a quick run through. Though when you put it next to an Alienware it becomes apparent that you wish Toshiba had put a little more time into its aesthetics.
The Toshiba Qosmio X870 is a tremendous laptop and will perform as well as all its competitors at a fraction the cost. Paying a little extra though might just be the best bet considering the dull styling and keyboard. Though if you are strapped for cash and need a powerhouse gaming laptop then look no further the X870 as it will meet your every need.
Toshiba Qosmio X870 Rating: 7/10
Check out the Toshiba website: http://www.toshiba.co.za/