Gaming laptops today are looking more mighty from its sheer appearance down to its core. They scream of power and they pride on the contempt of every gamer that has experienced it.
As games today become more graphically realistic, it’s no wonder that the laptops of today have to keep up with the demanding requirements of games, not to mention the gamers themselves. So today, I have the luxury of testing out the Qosmio X770 which is Toshiba’s latest rig in their Qosmio lineup.
Design and Features
What’s apparent with the Qosmio X770 is its 17.3in HD screen, which is by all means huge! It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and renders visuals impressively with vivid and well-saturated colors. The black bezel around the screen has a glossy smooth surface which in turn, makes it smudgy. The overall design ditches the boring business look and opts for the red, silver and black palettes that would please any gamer. It’s mainly made of plastic but is solidly built making it feel really durable.
The keyboard keys are well spaced from each other and are a bit bigger than regular laptop keyboards. Because of the huge real estate, it still has room for a numpad to complete a full keyboard layout. And best of all, it lights up in bold red for those late night gamers to enjoy.
The touchpad and its controls are very responsive although I would presume that gamers would still opt to use an external mouse for more precision gaming.
A set of Harman/Kardon speakers are located on the top left and right sides of the laptop as it delivers rich booming sounds to satisfy your multimedia needs. This clearly compliments the gaming experience as it is loud enough to fool your neighbor of having some war action going on inside your room.
Looking at the laptop sideways, the back portion is raised considerably for typing comfort. At the left side you’ll find the exhaust which is pretty effective in cooling down the laptop considering the powerful hardware it has inside. At the right side is where you’ll find the blu-ray drive/dvd burner, two USB ports with the headphone and mic jacks.
Now for the juice that powers up the rig. The Qosmio X770 comes packed with an Intel Core i7 2630QM, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB worth of storage. Topping it off is an NVIDIA GTX 560M GPU and we have a monster rig that would make any gamer kneel down in contempt. It also comes with the Nvidia 3D vision goggles for a more intense 3D multimedia experience if that’s your thing.
With all that muscle packed in the Qosmio X770, it may seem obvious that it can handle pretty much everything you can throw at it. One of the best ways to test this one is loading it with some of the latest games around. I was able to play Need for Speed Hot Pursuit at maximum settings and still the frame rates are smooth all throughout the game.
Now the 3D feature of the X770 is a definite plus for gaming to add more realism and wow factor but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’ve enabled the 3D feature while I was playing Need for Speed and the frame rates went abysmal with some of the game’s graphics stuttering. That was a downer for me considering how cool I looked with the 3D vision goggles on. I had to revert to non-3D gaming then so I guess the 3D feature would best be left for 3D movies or games that are optimized for 3D.
Don’t expect extended gaming on this laptop if you’re out somewhere with no power outlet in sight. This baby is meant to be a desktop replacement so it needs to be connected to a power source at all times.
Gaming laptops such as the Qosmio X770 is a great one to have if you would sparingly use it for 3D gaming. Maybe an update would fix the 3D problem on games but for now, that seems to be the looming issue with this one considering it is one of its main features. Setting that aside, it is a stellar gaming laptop that comes packed with top-of-the-bin hardware that would last you for years. Of course, with all the latest and best components in the bag it also comes at a hefty price of Php129,990.
|Toshiba Qosimo X770 Specs:|
|Intel Core i7-2630QM processor (2.0GHz, 6MB Cache, with Turbo Boost Techology up to 2.9GHz)|
|Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|8GB DDR3 1333MHz|
|17.3-inch, Diagonal widescreen TruBite TFT LCD (1920 x 1080)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M with 3D Vision (1.5GB GDDR5)|
|1TB (2 x 500GB) SATA HDD|
|Blu-ray Disc Rewritable Drive|
|10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth v3.0+HS|
|Harman Kardon Stereo Speakers with built in Subwoofer|
|1 x USB 3.0 (Sleep and Charge), 3 x USB 2.0|
|Built-in 3D webcam|