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Toshiba Qosmio X70 review

A gaming laptop that makes a loud first impression

Our Verdict

The price, too, is just too high. If you're determined to spend around £1,700 on a gaming notebook, the MSI GS70 Stealth is a more rounded package.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great gaming power
  • Good processor
  • Fast SSD
  • Bright screen
  • Blu-ray

Against

  • Awful battery life
  • Garish design
  • Mixed build quality
  • Mediocre speakers
  • High price
Scores in depth
Design 3
Features 4
Performance 5
Usability 5
Value 3

Toshiba's Qosmio gaming laptops have never been shy about showing off their high-end heritage, and that's certainly true of the new X70: it's got a ring of red metal around its base.

The same material is used to circle the touchpad and the power button, and the keyboard is illuminated with the same bright colour.

The bright, anodised borders contrast well with the aluminium used to create the rest of the 3.4kg Toshiba.

The metal is dark, finished with a pattern made of small diamonds, and is used on the wrist-rest and lid.

The Qosmio logo on the lid is large and metallic and lights up when the machine is turned on, and the chassis is 44mm thick – which puts it into the top tier of gaming notebooks.

Red finish
The gaming trackpad dominates

The Qosmio has a suitably high-end specification to match the garish exterior. This gaming behemoth is powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M, which is one of Nvidia's most powerful mobile GPUs. It's supported by a Core i7-4700MQ processor and 16GB of RAM. A 256GB SSD is used as the boot drive, and there's a 1TB hard disk to house an extensive library of high-end games. The screen is standard fare in the realm of high-end gaming notebooks: a 17.3-inch panel with a Full HD resolution.

The Qosmio is designed to attract attention from potential buyers, but this laptop has also attracted plenty of competition. The MSI GS70 Stealth is a gaming notebook with a 17-inch screen, but it crams high-end hardware inside a chassis that's 2.7kg in weight and just 22mm thick – dimensions that make the Toshiba seem chubby.

Qosmio
Ports aplenty on the Qosmio

The Asus G750JX is a superb all-rounder with a suitably high price, and then there are 15.6-inch models in the former of the Schenker XMG P503 and Gigabyte P25W – machines with huge power in slightly smaller designs.

Qosmio
The Qosmio is loud and clear about its gaming pretentions

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyQosmio X70-A
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700MQ
ColourPrecious Dark Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.40 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE XL
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + LE
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height44 mm
Width418.6 mm
Depth272.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesX70-A
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelX70-A-12W
Product NameQosmio X70-A-12W
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineQosmio
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSPLTE-098052EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing InformationDesigned for entertainment, Qosmio products offer the most powerful multimedia and gaming experiences available on a laptop. Built for TV, music, video and gaming, they feature ultra clear, bright screen technology, surround sound and one-touch controls to access all your multimedia content. Models even include High Definition DVD-R for a cinematic film experience, and hard disk drive recording to allow you to record TV programmes direct to your laptop.

Maximum Memory32 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Qosmio X70-A-12W
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year