August 11, 2011
- 1080p HD 3D display
- USB 3.0 & dual-hard drives
- Strong performance
- Strange design
- Keyboard comfort issues
- Below average battery life
The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is a 17-inch laptop that has a 1080p full HD 3D display, a second-generation Intel quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM. Along with USB 3.0, dual-hard drives and a Blu-ray player, users will find this laptop's performance to be very appealing.
The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is quite large and rather thick, so it's probably not something you'd want to carry around with you often, so it's more of a desktop replacement than a mid-line notebook.. In total, it measures 16.3 x 10.8 x 2.4-inches (wdh) and weighs 7.5-pounds. On the laptop's lid, there's seemingly random horizontal textured stripes against a brushed metal-like design. The color scheme is silver and and a bright red, which might turn some users off. Overall the design might be a little too far off the edge for some, but others might adore it.
The keyboard is full-sized and has a full-size numeric keypad as well. While the keys felt adequately spaced, they are flat and slick, which caused numerous typing errors. The space bar is quite obviously undersized and the directional arrows are awkwardly placed. The touchpad was about average size and centered directly under the keyboard, but it is flush with the front edge of the laptop, which leaves a lot of space between the keyboard and touchpad. This posed some comfort issues because typically that's not the case with the placement. The pad also seemed to be quite sensitive, which caused some accidental pickup of non-finger activity.
The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78's 17.3-inch 3D-ready display has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, which makes if full 1080p high definition. The quality of the display was exceptional and colors were vivid. Viewing angles were also very good and allowed watching a DVD by two people without any issues.
To watch 3D content, you have to wear the included (one pair) active shutter glasses (each additional pair costs about $150). The Nvidia glasses are fairly comfortable to wear and are rechargeable via a mini-USB cable, which can either be a pro or con depending on your preference. There's an IR receiver to the left of the display, so you must be in direct line of sight to it. When viewing a 3D Blu-ray movie, we found the 3D quality to be quite good, especially from a laptop screen. You can also use the 3D screen to play 3D-enabled games too, which is a definite plus.
Toshiba includes a 3D webcam, which once calibrated, provides very good 3D images. In order to do this, you have to use the included Nvidia 3D Vision software.
In terms of connectivity, you'll find a USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, audio jacks and a 5-in-1 media card reader along the front edge. There's also a tray-loading Blu-ray optical drive and DVD burner combo. The inclusion of a USB 3.0 port is rapidly becoming standard, especially on the higher-end laptops, so Toshiba's decision to provide one is well-appreciated.
The internal specifications of the Qosmio X775 include a second-generation Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core CPU (2.0GHz), 8GB of RAM, a 750GB 7200RPM primary & 500GB 5400RPM secondary hard drives and Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 1.5GB of dedicated memory. The dual-hard drives mean that you get a speedy primary drive for you most commonly accessed data and 500GB of spare storage after that, so you'll never run out of space.
Speed is definitely this laptop's strong suit with performance that runs above most other similar laptops, but it's still not the absolute fastest out there, but it's pretty close. For most everyone, this laptop will give you way more performance that you'll need.
The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 does have dual-graphics that is powered by Nvidia Optimus technology, which means you can use the discrete Nvidia graphics when needed and the integrated Intel HD graphics when lots of performance isn't needed or when you want to stretch battery life. This switching is done automatically and seamlessly based upon your needs, but you can manually override it too. Performance with the discrete Nvidia card was definitely better than most other laptops, so gaming is this laptop's strong suit.
With the included battery, expect battery life to be about 2 hours on average, which is about an hour or so less than other similar laptops. While low, it isn't unexpected considering that it is a desktop replacement and has some powerful internals.