Toshiba Qosmio X870

The Qosmio is a fine gaming laptop. Choosing between this and Asus' G75VW is going to come down to personal preference and your wallet.

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Toshiba's back with another gaming laptop, this time in third generation Core form. Qosmio's thing has always been red, and it doesn't disappoint here; the 17.1-inch laptop's trim and features are embellished with metallic red. It's otherwise a mixture of diamond-plated and faux brushed aluminium black plastic. It is actually quite understated compared to previous Qosmio efforts.

It's also taken the rather odd path of being a Harvey Norman exclusive.

A big beastie with discrete graphics, the X870 isn't kind on the battery — even less so since Toshiba's decided to enable Nvidia's 3D Vision, which is incompatible with Optimus. As a consequence, Intel's HD Graphics isn't enabled and battery drain will be quite impressive, even when idling.


  • USB 3.0: 4
  • Optical: Blu-ray/DVD±RW
  • Video: VGA, HDMI
  • Ethernet: gigabit
  • Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11n, Bluetooth
  • Audio: 2.1 Realtek audio

The dull-red backlit keyboard is welcome, however, only the primary keys light up — if you want to see function keys, you're going to have to turn on a light. As is increasingly the case, the function keys at the top have been inversed, so their primary duty is things like volume control and screen brightness. Hold down the Fn key, and you'll get F1 to F12 back.

The 1920x1080, 17.1-inch screen may be TN-based, but it manages decent colours, along with acceptable viewing angle, courtesy of its size.

Sound is passable, although the lack of a subwoofer in a machine this size hurts. There's no 5.1 out through re-assignable 3.5mm jacks either, just a headphone and microphone jack on the right — although, you'll have to figure out which is which yourself, as Toshiba's metallic red surfacing has no labels.

Four USB 3.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, gigabit Ethernet and an SD card reader make up the connectivity options, while wireless is handled by Bluetooth and 2.4GHz 802.11n.

Internally it's quite grunty, indeed, rocking a Core i7 3610QM, 16GB RAM, a 7200RPM 750GB hard drive and a hybrid 8GB SSD/1TB hard drive. There's also a GeForce GTX 670M, putting it directly in the firing line of Asus' G75VW. It's off to a good start: at 3.5kg, it's a whole kilo lighter.

Application performance

Choose a benchmark: Handbrake | iTunes | Photoshop | Multimedia

Handbrake encoding (in seconds)

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

No surprises here, with an almost identical configuration to the G75VW, both machines returned near identical results. The Photoshop result was the most interesting, the 7200RPM hard drive in the Toshiba giving it a leg up on Asus' 5400RPM.

Gaming performance

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Playable on:
Max Avg Min
103 79 52
1920x1080, 4x AA, Detail level: Very high, PhysX off.
Metro 2033
Playable on:
Max Avg Min
88 33 9
1600x900, DirectX 10, MSAA 4x, Quality: Medium, PhysX: Off.
The Witcher 2
Playable on:
Max Avg Min
52 39 31
1366x768, low spec.
Playable on:
Max Avg Min
64 43 35
1920x1080, medium detail

Interestingly, while the G75VW couldn't cope with Witcher 2 and played Skyrim on Medium, Toshiba's implementation managed Witcher 2 on Low, bringing it into the playable range, and Skyrim on High. We suspect that this is down to driver updates.

Battery life

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

All power and no Optimus makes the Qosmio hard on battery life. This won't be moving far from a wall.


The Qosmio is a fine gaming laptop, and choosing between this and the G75VW is going to come down to personal preference and your wallet. While the Toshiba is 1kg lighter and features speedier hard drives, it costs AU$500 more, loses the Thunderbolt/DisplayPort option and has a gloss screen. Our benchmarks do show better gaming performance, but we suspect this to be due to updated drivers.

While we're still holding out for a laptop with the elusive GTX 680M, if you need a gaming laptop now, you're spoiled for choice.

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"Toshiba Cosmio X870 GAMING LAPTOP if you DARE!"

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The Good:3D Vision, 17" FHD(120Hz), Quad Core 3630X Processor, Bray!

The Bad:Battery Life, Heat from right side Vent rather hot when 3D Gaming

Watcher, I can see you do not actually own one! Sorry your review is a little unfair I believe :)

I have had my Cosmio X870 since Christmas 2012 and like the promo add for the product saying it will be just as good after 365 days, is not an understatement by any means!

Yes, $3 G's is big money here in Australia too but as a desktop replacement it fits the bill perfectly! You get a very light 3.4 grams for a 17" Laptop, it was so much lighter than my older 17" Laptop that I had trouble at some airports getting on as carry on luggage.

It is now March 2013 (3 months after release) and I still don't believe there is any other laptop with similar spec's that has 4 DIMM slots that allow the user to upgrade the total RAM up to a WHOPPING (32GB) Who can't smile at that, if you are a serious gamer! :)

With a Intel 3630X Quad Core processor which has a 6 logical processors that will aid in meeting the most demanding game.

Did I hear some one say FULL HD, yep, 1920 x 1080 Back-lit screen and with a 670 GTX Nvidia GeForce GPU with 3GB (DRR5) and even a BLUE RAY Drive, now when traveling I can play my GAMES at max settings and even in 3D if I want; YES, 3D Blue Rays are great here too. (Maybe the 120hz screen might even be a factor here.

YES, I can't hardly fault this machine other than battery life and the heat that comes out of the right side port when the system is working in 3D. With a full size BACK LIT Keyboard and number pad and nice size mouse track pad, 4 x Extremely High Quality (Harman/Kardon Speakers), that are not pointing down into your work bench, you get some great sounds here too. 4 x (USB 3.0) which are 10x faster than yesterdays (USB 2.0).

And I don't care what anyone said about the BAD Windows 8 OS, I think it should have shipped with PRO but, the i$50 to upgrade is a no brain er here!

The red metal accent around the drive, ports and a decent 5 pin power port with a carbon fiber appearance in the finish and a metal power button.

At $2,999 AUS, it is still the BEST OF CLASS and SIMCITY 2013 with Ultra High graphic settings and in 3D, what more could a "Gamer" want ? OMG! TOSHIBA has pulled out all the stops to enter the GAMING LAPTOP MARKET, and I for one am so glad I switched to the Cosmio X870 :) BUY Recommended if you dare !

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FIXed the HEAT problems, Bought a super quiet Thermaltake MASSIVE 23 GT which sits neatly under the Qosmio X870 Gaming rig and Keep it COOL while you a pushing it as hard as you can!! :) Beautiful!! :)


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I wonder why it cost nearly $3000? In the american Toshiba website, with the same specs (customized) would have cost between $1900- $2000. Sure there is Shipping, insurance and other expenses but still there is a big difference considering AU currency is about the same as the US currency.

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  • ScottB5



    "Watcher, I can see you do not actually own one! Sorry your review is a little unfair I believe :)

    I have had my Cosmio X870 since Christmas 2012 and like the promo add for the produ..."

  • Watcher


    "I wonder why it cost nearly $3000? In the american Toshiba website, with the same specs (customized) would have cost between $1900- $2000. Sure there is Shipping, insurance and other expenses but s..."

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