Introducing the Toshiba Qosmio X775

Toshiba's flagship Qosmio line of notebooks have been, for the longest time, big, flashy, red and black beasts. These juggernauts sported 18" screens with high-end graphics and processing power, but at the same time they were...well, probably not the most attractive notebooks on the market. But Toshiba's success with the 13" Portege has led to some design changes, and the Qosmio has gone under the knife. It's still a substantial desktop replacement notebook, but it's shed a couple pounds, an inch off of the display, and some of the gloss. Is Toshiba's major redesign a success?

Toshiba's Qosmio line has tended to aim pretty high and unfortunately then as now they have some stiff competition. While the new Qosmios are priced to move and Sandy Bridge gaming notebooks aren't necessarily out in force at low prices, Toshiba still has to contend with ASUS's G74 refresh of our personal favorite budget gaming machine, the G73. ASUS kept the cooling system and fixed the keyboard, and we should have our review posted soon. For now, though, Toshiba has specced the new Qosmios across a number of price points, starting at an MSRP of $1,199 and going all the way up to a 3D-enabled model for $1,899. Here's the review system we received.

Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7272 Specifications
Processor Intel Core i7-2630QM
(4x2GHz, 32nm, 6MB L3, Turbo to 2.9GHz, 45W)
Chipset Intel HM65
Memory 1x2GB Samsung DDR3-1333 and 1x4GB Samsung DDR3-1333 (Max 2x8GB)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5
(192 CUDA cores, 775MHz/1550MHz/2.5GHz core/shader/memory clocks, 192-bit memory bus)
Display 17.3" LED Glossy 16:9 1600x900
(Samsung 173KT01-T01 Panel)
Hard Drive(s) 2x Seagate Momentus 7200.5 500GB 7200RPM HDDs
Optical Drive MATSHITA BD-ROM/DVD+-RW Combo Drive
Networking Realtek PCIe Gigabit Ethernet
Atheros AR9002WB-1NG 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth v3.0
Audio Realtek ALC269 HD Audio
Stereo speakers
Mic and headphone jacks
Battery 8-Cell, 10.8V, 48Wh battery
Front Side MMC/SD/MS Reader
Left Side AC adaptor
Exhaust vent
USB 3.0 (sleep charge)
USB 2.0
Right Side Headphone and mic jacks
2x USB 2.0
Optical drive
Kensington lock
Back Side -
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Dimensions 16.3" x 10.8" x 1.1"-1.49" (WxDxH)
Weight 6.6 lbs
Extras Webcam
Flash reader (MMC, SD/Mini SD, MS/Duo/Pro/Pro Duo)
USB charging
Warranty 1-year limited warranty
Pricing MSRP $1,449

Most of what we're seeing here we've become fairly accustomed to. Intel's Core i7-2630QM is practically ubiquitous right now, offering the most inexpensive mobile quad-core solution Intel's ever had, and Toshiba backs it up in this configuration with 6GB of DDR3; the 3D Qosmio, their $1,899 flagship model, bumps this to 8GB. The i7 and 6GB of DDR3 are joined by Intel's HM65 chipset, which doesn't support RAID.

The new blood here is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, which we haven't had a chance to really play with yet. This chip offers a very healthy bump in performance from the 460M; while it retains the 192 CUDA cores and 192-bit memory bus connected to GDDR5, the clock has gone up 100MHz to 775MHz (and correspondingly brought the shader clocks up to 1550MHz). The GDDR5 remains clocked at an effective 2.5GHz. Since i7-2630QM-equipped gaming notebooks are fairly common, we should be able to provide a fairly direct apples-to-apples comparison to see how much that clock bump affects the 560M's performance; given the specs, it should be roughly as powerful as a desktop GTS 450.

As for the rest of the Qosmio, it's fairly business as usual, with USB 3.0 and 2.0 support, a card reader, gigabit Ethernet, wireless-n, and Bluetooth. Toshiba opts to equip this model with a pair of 500GB 7200RPM hard drives; models further up the chain incorporate Seagate's Momentus XT hybrid drive as the system drive. There's a welcome Blu-ray reader, too, but your spirits will be dampened somewhat to know the screen is the exact same panel we just reviewed in our $700 Llano notebook: a 17.3", 1600x900 panel by Samsung. The only way to get 1080p in a Qosmio now is to buy the 3D Vision enabled $1,899 model. Boo, hiss!

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  • SlyNine1 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    "...the clock has gone up 100MHz to 775MHz..."

    You mean 675 to 775.

    Just trying to help out my favorit review site. Thanks for the great reviews and keep up the good work!
  • SlyNine1 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Never mind. My bad lol.
  • danjw - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    No SSD option, plus an extra pound to get a decent resolution display. 2 hard drives? What a waste. My question is are the hard drives user replaceable? So I could pull out the dead wait and install an SSD?
  • danjw - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    err, dead weight.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Yes, you can swap the HDD out. Also, since the HM65 doesn't support RAID, that at least means you don't need to worry about doing a RAID0 to non-RAID downgrade first (a problem I've encountered on some MSI models).
  • rallstarz - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Any word when your review of the Mythlogic laptops is coming out? Thanks!
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Writing as we speak... hope to be up by Friday.
  • rallstarz - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Great! Thanks! Looking forward to it.
  • Solidstate89 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Although it's not a gaming laptop, is there any chance of you guys doing a review of the new Dell Precision notebooks? Especially with the option of the IPS panel on the 15" M4600.

    Heck, I've got the TN panel version and its black levels are at least as good as the E-IPS monitor I use for my desktop. I figure it's a perfect way for you to get over all these disappointing screens Dustin, by reviewing a laptop with a good one ;)
  • Hrel - Thursday, August 18, 2011 - link

    I can't even start to consider this with that screen. I kind of understand skimping on lower end laptops, under 700 bucks. Even under 1000 to a certain degree. But this is among the worste 900p screen I've ever seen. Most of the time I consider 900p to be "good enough". On a 1300+ 17" laptop though... Whatever screen Clevo is using, is the minimum I expect.

    GTX560M is fine for a 15.6" laptop, I get it, heat constraints. But I expect more in a 17" laptop. From my perspective 17" is too big to be something you carry around everywhere anyway. So it's probably acting as a desktop replacement. Which means it needs to be able to play every current game at 1080p at max settings at over 60fps. Idk, maybe that can't be done for 1500 or less yet on laptops; but I'd never consider getting a desktop replacement if it can't be.

    The other thing I consider required is 2+ hdd bays and 4 RAM slots. Again, it can be done in 15" models, 17" should be a piece of cake.

    Fuck Blu Ray; that is all.

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