Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-Inch Laptop Review

Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-Inch Laptop

The Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-inch laptop is an impressively well equipped, high end laptop that is ideal for gamers and power users who need serious computing power on the move.

Driven by a third generation Intel Core i7-3630QM ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor running at 2.4 GHz (3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology), and sporting 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, this machine promises breathtaking speed in even the most demanding applications.

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That promise is partly fulfilled by a hybrid 1000GB (1TB) hard drive / 8 GB Soldid State Drive, together with a second 1TB hard drive for additional storage, giving a total of 2TB of disk space. The hybrid drive offers the bulk storage of a conventional hard drive in tandem with the raw speed of an SSD to give the best of both worlds.

This magic is achieved by using the SSD as a cache to store open and commonly used files, leaving the hard drive to deal with bulk storage. Helpfully, the machine is equipped with a hard drive impact sensor which detects sudden movements – such as falls – and automatically parks the hard drive heads to reduce the risk of damage to your valuable data that is often caused by sudden shocks and knocks.

Graphics, of course, are at the heart of any gaming laptop. This machine uses NVIDIA Optimus technology to automatically switch between integrated graphics for routine tasks like checking email or word processing, and a discrete, high performance, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M Graphics Processor with 3GB of RAM for demanding games and other graphically intense work. Although seemingly complex, this approach prolongs battery life by disabling the powerful, but power-hungry, GTX 670M until its services are needed.

As you would expect from a top of the range laptop, the Qosmio X875-Q7390 features a full range of connectivity options. A Gigabit Ethernet port allows for high-speed wired networking, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi provides the convenience of wireless networking, and Bluetooth 4.0 makes it easy to connect to a wireless mouse, headset or other peripherals.

Pros :

  • Fast, powerful laptop for gaming and power users
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • Hybrid hard disk, 8GB SSD / 2 x 1TB hard drives
  • Powerful graphics
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • None

For more conventional wired peripherals, this machine has four high speed USB 3.0 ports, two of which feature Sleep and Charge technology. This allows you to charge your smartphone, MP3 player or other device directly from these two USB ports, even when the laptop is asleep or off.

The integrated Blu-ray Disc (BD) rewritable drive, which reads and writes BD-R/BD-RE and is also to play and write to DVD/CD media, makes this an ideal machine for watching the latest movies, either on the 17.3-inch TruBrite, LED-backlit, 1920 x 1080 display or on an even bigger screen or monitor connected to the laptop’s HDMI port. There is also a VGA port for connecting to old-style monitors and projectors.

A mulit-format memory card reader, built-in Harman/Kardon quad speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement and the usual headphone microphone sockets round off the standard features. However, Toshiba’s Sleep & Sound feature lets you use the laptop’s built-in speakers to play your favourite music without booting the machine up – simply connect your music player to the microphone port and press play!

The backlit keyboard looks great, and is practical too, allowing you to work (or play) in low lighting conditions that would otherwise make accurate keystrokes difficult, while the new, larger touchpad fully supports the gestures favoured by the supplied copy of Windows 8.

All of these features and more are packed into a diamond-textured aluminum case with Black Widow styling that measures 16.5 x 10.7 x 1.7 inches (WxDxH) and weighs just 7.5 pounds. If you’re looking for a modern, Windows 8 driven laptop that looks great and has enough power for gaming, multi-tasking and multimedia content creation on the move, Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-inch laptop could well be the machine you’ve been waiting for.

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