Thursday, June 16, 2011

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725

The Qosmio X305 is the flagship gaming notebook sold by Toshiba, with configurations including dual graphics cards, dual storage drives, and the latest Intel quad-core processors. With a stylish design and great surround sound speakers the Qosmio notebooks walk the fine line between consumer notebooks and super high-end custom gaming notebooks. In this review we cover all aspects of the X305 to give you the information needed to make an informed purchase.

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725 Specifications:

* Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9000 (2.0GHz, 1066MHz, 6MB Cache)
* 4GB DDR3 memory PC3-8500 DDR3
* Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit, SP1)
* NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX graphics (1GB GDDR3)
* 17” WSXGA+ Display 1680x1050 (Glossy)
* Intel Mobile PM45 Chipset
* DVDRW-SuperMulti with Labelflash
* 64GB SSD + 320GB hard drive (7200rpm)
* Intel 5100AGN WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
* Stereo speakers with subwoofer
* Webcam and microphone
* 180W (19V x 9.5A) Power Supply
* Battery:8-cell 14.4V 58Wh
* Weight: 9lbs 5oz
* Size: 16.2” x12.0” x 1.7” /2.5” with feet
* Warranty: 1-year parts/labor
* MSRP: $2,699.99

Build and Design

The Toshiba X305 gaming notebook is one of the larger models we've seen in the office, with the rear of the notebook peaking at 2.5” thick including the feet. Its wedge shape amplifies the height at the rear, making the notebook look twice as thick going from front to back. The X305 is designed to handle a quad-core processor and dual graphics cards which need extra room to get proper cooling ... not to mention fitting the components themselves. To put its size into context, the dual-screen Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is only 2.1” thick. Overlooking the thickness, the design is stylish and gives you the impression that this is definitely not a standard notebook. The glossy trim, flame paint job, and translucent red plastics really help to get that point across. The paint job could have been more detailed with more realistic flames, but that might have been cost prohibitive with the production process.

Build quality is average, and perhaps should have been better in certain areas. The back cover of the display shows a significant amount of flex due to a large empty space between the lid and screen panel. When holding the laptop with one hand from the side (if your hand is big enough) the lid compresses and squeaks quite a bit. Better support might have resolved this problem and given the lid a much more durable feel. The keyboard was another area that could have been much better. The support beneath the center of the keyboard was fine for heavy typing, but typing near the bottom corner of the keyboard resulted in a "popping" sensation making the keyboard move around.
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