July 30, 2013
- Comfortable, backlit keyboard
- Beautiful 1080p display
- Strong performance
- Blu-ray optical drive
- Undersized directional keys
- Below average battery life
The Toshiba Qosmio X75 is a gaming powerhouse thanks to its quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M graphics. It's 17-inch display is 1080p HD and extremely impressive.
The design of the Toshiba Qosmio X75 is like any other laptop that is designed with gaming in mind. It has a textured aluminum exterior and extends onto the keyboard deck. There is red chrome that runs around the edges of the laptop. On the keyboard deck, there is a brushed aluminum accent. It weighs 16.5 x 10.7 x 1.7-inches (wdh) and weighs 7.4-pounds. In comparison, this laptop is actually a little lighter and not as large as other gaming laptops.
For the keyboard, the X75 has a frameless, aluminum keyboard that really makes it look a little more higher-end. There is also a numeric keypad alongside the full-size keyboard. The keyboard was pretty comfortable to use as the chiclet-style keys didn't have any noticeable flex and were responsive. We did notice the arrow keys were rather undersized, which might pose a problem for gamers if you need to use these keys. The keyboard is backlit by a red light to go along with the red accents found on the body.
The touchpad was spacious enough for navigating the Windows 8 interface as well as performing associated multitouch gestures.
The display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, which is full high-definition. The quality of the display was above average and the colors looked very good. Viewing angles were very wide, even for multi-person viewing and brightness seemed brighter than average compared to other similar laptops. Because the Qosmio X75 is a gaming laptop, there is no touch screen, but that isn't a big deal for this category.
For ports, Toshiba includes four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, the usual audio jacks and an SD memory card slot. There is also a Blu-ray burner optical drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless.
The specifications of our review unit included an Intel Core i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz) Haswell CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, a 256GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M graphics with 3GB of video memory. In a PCMark 7 benchmark, the Qosmio X75 earned a score of 6,030, which far exceeded the Windows 8 desktop replacement category.
Because of the solid-state drive, boot times are extremely quick at around 7 seconds. The large solid-state drive also means you can store quite a bit of games and other frequently accessed files on it to help speed up performance. Gaming performance is very good at any of today's latest 3D games we tested. Thanks to the discrete Nvidia graphics, you can play 3D games at full, 1080p resolution.
Battery life taps out at just shy of 3.5-hours, which is more than 30 minutes short of the Windows 8 desktop replacement category average. This is most likely due to the strong internal components inside.