Toshiba Qosmio X70

Toshiba's multimedia slab gets the Haswell treatment, along with a new Nvidia GPU thrown into the mix.


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This 17.3-inch behemoth might not look very different to the last Qosmio, but you'll notice the improvements as soon as you fire up some of today's games. While the exterior retains the solid, chunky chassis of the popular Qosmio, Toshiba has given the interior a thorough overhaul, decking it out with some of the finest new gaming components available.

Design and features

The X70-A014 looks and feels much like its predecessor, clad in the same huge aluminium and plastic chassis that gamers have grown to know and love over the last couple of years. It's unmistakably a gaming machine, with the bold red and grey colours delivering a striking finish. Weighing in at a chunky 3.5kg, it's actually not too heavy for a 17-incher, at just half a kilogram more than some 15-inch gamers.

The full-sized, backlit keyboard feels rock solid, and the responsive touch pad is one of the better gaming pads we've used, though owners will obviously prefer to bring along their favourite headshot-enhancing mouse. Given the large screen, we were a little concerned that the HD resolution of 1920x1080 might not be quite high enough, but were relieved to see that the pixel structure was very hard to notice, even at extremely close range. If only the screen wasn't coated in an annoying glossy finish, which serves as a mirror in all but the darkest conditions. Toshiba has fitted the audio system with four Harmon Kardon speakers, and they deliver a surprisingly clear sound scape that doesn't suffer from the tinny problem that most laptops endure.

Connections, performance and battery

Given the large dimensions of this brute, there's plenty of room for inputs and outputs, and the Qosmio comes packed to the rafters with ways to plug devices in. All four USB ports are of the latest 3.0 standard, while Ethernet delivers gigabit connectivity. This port sits right next to the Blu-ray burner, perfect for a spot of disk-based movie viewing. Microphone in and headphone out sit on the right side of the chassis, alongside the HDMI and VGA ports. The rear is surprisingly clear of any ports, yet it doesn't feature any vents, either, with the Qosmio instead venting to the sides. We expected this to result in more obvious fan noise, yet the Qosmio delivered one of the lowest sound meter readings we've seen from a gaming laptop, showing just how cool the new products from Intel and Nvidia run when they're in the right case.

Diving into the specs, we see Intel's shiny new quad-core Hyper-Threaded Core i7 4700MQ processor at the heart of the system, with a maximum turbo speed of 3.4GHz. That's plenty of oomph for today's games, and is mated perfectly with Nvidia's new GTX 770M GPU, a mid-range part that goes a long way toward explaining the AU$3000 price tag. Sixteen gigs of DDR3 memory is the de facto standard for gaming laptops, while twin 1TB drives provide plenty of storage space, albeit at positively archaic speeds, despite one of the drives packing an 8GB SSD cache.

Given the excellent hardware specifications, we were a little surprised to see the Qosmio still struggle with the likes of Metro Last Light on Ultra detail, averaging just 14 frames per second. It appears that the most demanding games are still out of reach of laptops unless you're packing the absolute cream of the crop in CPUs and GPUs. Thankfully, the other benchmark results were much more impressive, with the Qosmio showing smooth performance in all.

We're used to gaming laptops blazing through batteries like a Tassie devil discovering a fresh lamb roast, but the Qosmio managed to exceed our expectations by dying just 63 minutes into the PowerMark benchmark. This is not a machine that can live without a power point nearby.

3DMark 2013 — FireStrike Test, 1920x1080 (overall score)

  • 5180
  • Origin EON15-S
  • 3157
  • Toshiba Qosmio X70
  • 3131
  • Asus G750JX
  • 2436
  • Gigabyte P35K
  • 2242
  • MSI GS70

(Longer bar equals better performance)


PowerMark: 50 per cent brightness, normal mode (time)

  • 2h 09m
  • Origin EON15-S
  • 1h 03m
  • Toshiba Qosmio X70
  • 2h 39m
  • Asus G750JX
  • 3h 07m
  • Gigabyte P35K
  • 1h 55m
  • MSI GS70

(Longer bar equals better performance)


Peak Noise: dB (scaled to reflect log differentials)

  • 54
  • Origin EON15-S
  • 44
  • Toshiba Qosmio X70
  • 40
  • Asus G750JX
  • 53
  • Gigabyte P35K
  • 49
  • MSI GS70

(Shorter bar equals better performance)


Conclusion

Toshiba has delivered a very well thought-out package in the latest iteration of the Qosmio. We're struggling to fault a single choice in the build, with all of the components the perfect match. The only weakness in our sample was the choice of mechanical drives over SSD, but this can be resolved come buying time, installing a larger SSD as an optional upgrade. Overall, it's an excellent system for the price, perfect for both gaming and multimedia use.

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The Good:Not much

The Bad:Didn't work at delivery

I bought a Toshiba Qosmio X70-A

2400 or 2600 US and the first thing I found out was that the sound didn't work. After searching the internet I found out that this was a common problem.

The fan is on the right side so the air will blow over your right hand if you use the mouse (if you're right handed) The power cord is not a plug, more of a din plug and the contact is not deep and falls of very easy.

And while on the computer you’re not checking the cord until the LOW BATTERY alarm shows up.

1 week after I bought the computer the hard drive sized and I had to buy a new SAMSUNG computer.

I'm not impressed by Toshiba's HIGH END laptop. I have had many (my first Toshiba) and I use to buy 20" but they seems to be very hard to find now a days so I decided to try Toshiba. Service left a lot to wish for, had to buy a new computer while the Toshiba Qosmio was on service as I need my computer

Never Toshiba again

The Rewiev Man
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"I will never buy Toshiba again"

The Rewiev Man posted a review   

The Good:Not much

The Bad:Didn't work

I bought a Toshiba Qosmio X70-A

2400 or 2600 US and the first thing I found out was that the sound didn't work. After searching the internet I found out that this was a common problem.

The fan is on the right side so the air will blow over your right hand if you use the mouse (if you're right handed) The power cord is not a plug, more of a din plug and the contact is not deep and falls of very easy.

And while on the computer you’re not checking the cord until the LOW BATTERY alarm shows up.

1 week after I bought the computer the hard drive sized and I had to buy a new SAMSUNG computer.

I'm not impressed by Toshiba's HIGH END laptop. I have had many (my first Toshiba) and I use to buy 20" but they seems to be very hard to find now a days so I decided to try Toshiba. Service left a lot to wish for, had to buy a new computer while the Toshiba Qosmio was on service as I need my computer

Never Toshiba again

The Rewiev Man
1
Rating
 

"I will never buy Toshiba again"

The Rewiev Man posted a review   

The Good:Not much

The Bad:Not working properly whe delivered

I bought a Toshiba Qosmio X70-A

2400 or 2600 US and the first thing I found out was that the sound didn't work. After searching the internet I found out that this was a common problem.

The fan is on the right side so the air will blow over your right hand if you use the mouse (if you're right handed) The power cord is not a plug, more of a din plug and the contact is not deep and falls of very easy.

And while on the computer you’re not checking the cord until the LOW BATTERY alarm shows up.

1 week after I bought the computer the hard drive sized and I had to buy a new SAMSUNG computer.

I'm not impressed by Toshiba's HIGH END laptop. I have had many (my first Toshiba) and I use to buy 20" but they seems to be very hard to find now a days so I decided to try Toshiba. Service left a lot to wish for, had to buy a new computer while the Toshiba Qosmio was on service as I need my computer

Never Toshiba again




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