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Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7170 17.3 Inch Laptop Review

Effie XuReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★¼ (4.25) Updated On: Jul 30, 2014

Toshiba perhaps created its Qosmio-X75-A7170 gaming laptop to rope in experienced gamers who want a perfect ambience to try out their gaming skills in serious simulation-based video games. The superb anti-reflection display, easy-to-program GPU, mind-blowing sound technology, and more are some of the exciting features of this 17.3-inch laptop – that’s made just for high-end and heavily animated games. But, at a lofty price, will you still consider this laptop or settle for some other brand? Here’re some clues for your answer.

Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7170 17.3 Inch Laptop Review

Design

The little bulky and tad heavy (3.4kg), Toshiba-Qosmio-X75-A7170 is not easy to keep on the lap but churns out a unique gaming session. The laptop measuring (10.70 x 16.50 x 1.70) inches clearly shows that it is quite thick compared to other mobile computing gizmo in the market. However, the majestic looking, black-with-red striped laptop does not look like a cheap gizmo. The computing technology, handy ports, and display unit makes it resilient to the heat generated from any gaming CD. It can seamlessly perform without crashing.

The 17.3-inch display can be noticed at once from its anti-reflecting properties. There is a zero-flex and LED-backlight, black keyboard. It is ergonomically designed. The borderless keyboard has premium-quality properties that are just needed for a gaming utility. There is a user-friendly, bottomless touchpad with multi-touch facility.

Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7170 17.3 Inch Laptop Review

Features

Just like any suitable gaming laptops, this Qosmio model from Toshiba has 4th generation Intel core i7-4700MQ processor that continuously multi-task and perform gaming functions. The speed offered is 2.4GHz, and it can be further increased with a turbo-boost speed enhancing technology. The internal memory is 16GB DDR3 that provides a memory speed of 1600MHz. Toshiba has made the hard disk a little different than other gaming laptops. There are two Serial ATA HDDs (with 500GB*2 capacity). The speed of both the storage drives is at 7200 rpm.

Like a true gaming gizmo, this model has NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M graphics card with 3072 MB dedicated graphics memory. The laptop allows automatic transition between the dedicated NVIDIA card and the Intel graphics card.

The laptop uses TruBrite technology which ensures that ambient light is absorbed and not reflected. Naturally, the visibility is clear, colors are precise, and images are distinct. The TFT-LED technology of the screen allows wide viewing angles. The widescreen display has an aspect ratio of 16:9.

There are many useful ports in the system, such as USB ports, an RGB port, a HDMI port, Memory Card Reader, and a power adapter port. There is no No SmartCard Reader slot however.

Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7170 17.3 Inch Laptop Review

Performance

The computing technology allows continuous flow of data. There are no freezes or frustrating wait period. The gamers are in for a joy as the screen offers near-realistic photos at a resolution of (1920 x 1080) resolution. Videos can be seen at FHD version (1080p). However, many feel that a Solid State Drive (SSD) feature would have done wonders – especially when this laptop is among the premium branded products. The optical device is also DVD SuperMulti option and not a Blu-ray (unlike many high-end gaming laptops available in the market).

The detailed graphics computing technology allows the user to perform any type of simulations easily. In fact, the gamer can unlock the GPU and edit videos or images – without any hindrance. In short, the GPU is CUDA-friendly.

Though the battery is a lithium-ion 8-celled one with 47W, it offers only a fair battery life at 3.5 hours. Nevertheless, for a 17.3-inch display unit, this result is not that bad. The Toshiba Qosmio model allows wireless connectivity – such as, 802.11 A/C bandwidth Wi-Fi connectivity, Intel Dual Band wireless LAN, and Bluetooth connectivity.

There are many Toshiba-special utilities in the laptop, such as two USB3.0 ports, USB Sleep and Charge, Toshiba Sleep and Music, and 4K Ultra HD HDMI output option. The HDMI feature allows the users to connect to their home TV.

Help and Customer Support

Users or new buyers can visit Toshiba support center to find out about warranty details, new features and downloading options, as well as repair utilities. There is a dedicated service call registration facility that allows the users to register and tract their laptop (either for upgrade or repairing technical snags).

Pricing

The price of Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7170 17.3 Inch Laptop is $1,500. However, a usual buyer will look for SSD options in a gaming gizmo. Also, if you are keen to use Blu-ray DVDs, this laptop may not serve the purpose. Nonetheless, the gaming gadget is meant for hard core gamers as it is powered by resilient processors and detailed GPU.

Review Overall

Recommended
Summary: With such a hefty price tag, the laptop is meant for the premium list of products. In specifications and technologies incorporated in the system, the price is justified.
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