April 5, 2013
- Extremely strong performance
- Blu-ray burner optical drive
- Good-looking 1080p display
- Very good gaming abilities
- Very short Space bar
- Short battery life
The Toshiba Qosmio X875 is a gaming laptop both inside and out thanks to its design and strong internal specs that include an Intel Core i7, 1080p display and 16GB of RAM. The display is also stereoscopic 3D-enabled and it also has a Blu-ray burner, which is a rarity.
The design of the X875 is rather simple with some gaming-esque flares, like the red edges and slick black diamond-textured aluminum exterior. It is rather big and heavy at 16.5 x 10.7 x 1.7-inches and weighs 7.7-pounds.
Toshiba continues the gaming flare with the keyboard, which is backlit with red lighting. The keyboard keys are Toshiba's traditional flat design that both works well and feels good. We did not like the extremely short space bar, which may occasionally throw you off while typing.
Toshiba gives you a large click pad with more than ample room for navigating and performing Windows 8 touch gestures. The touch pad is also outlined in red, which gives it a good look.
One of this laptop's selling points is the 17.3-inch display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels. We really liked the display's brightness and vivid colors. Viewing angles were exceptionally wide, which makes multi-person movie watching really easy. Some potential buyers may be disappointed that this display is not a touch screen as the Windows 8 tile interface is much easier to navigate with touch gestures.
Despite that, the display is stereoscopic 3D enabled and requires you to wear glasses. These glasses do tend to darken the image and lessen the quality just a bit.
For ports, the Toshiba Qosmio X875 offers two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, the usual audio jacks, Ethernet and an SD memory card reader. There is both Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. There's also a Blu-ray burner and DVD+/-RW combo optical drive, which is rare to see.
Our laptop had a configuration that included an Intel Core i7-3630QM (2.4GHz) CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, an 8GB solid-state drive and Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics with 3GB of video memory. For the $1600 price tag, you get quite a powerful computer with some hefty specs.
This configuration is extremely fast and performs ahead of other 17-inch Intel Core i7 equipped laptops. Gaming performance is outstanding and will allow you to play any of today's (and tomorrow's) 3D games thanks to the strong-performing Nvidia GTX 670 graphics. With this setup, you can play games at maximum graphics settings without any issue.
Battery life is weak with this system, but that's due to the high-end components. We were able to squeeze out about 1.5-hours, but if you take into account what you're getting, this probably isn't that bad. However compared to the 17-inch laptop category, it does fall short.
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