Friday, June 17, 2011

Toshiba Qosmio X505

Aimed at both media enthusiasts and gamers, the Qosmio X505 is Toshiba’s largest and most powerful desktop replacement machine featuring a quad core processor and a mid-range nVidia GPU. Does the X505 live up to expectations? Read our review to find out.

Our Toshiba Qosmio X505 review unit has the following specifications:

* Intel Core i7 720QM (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
* Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
* 18.4-inch WUXGA glossy screen (1920x1080)
* 6GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM
* 64GB Toshiba SSD
* 500GB Hitachi HDD
* nVidia GTS 360M, 1GB VRAM
* Internal fixed Blu-Ray optical drive.
* Realtek 802.11n Wi-Fi, Atheros Gigabit Ethernet
* LED Backlit Keyboard
* 12-cell 8000mAh battery
* One-year warranty
* Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.6 x 1.63 inches
* Weight: 10.5 pounds, not including the 2 pound power adapter
* Price as configured: $1,899

Build and Design
Our first impression of the Toshiba Qosmio X505 is that it is big, heavy and is a champion when it comes to build quality. When it comes to design, the X505 has a very sophisticated look. The piano black finish with metallic red highlights could appeal to people who never would have considered a “flashy” notebook. The glossy surface is a fingerprint magnet though. Even the LEDs on the notebook match with the black and red theme.

Despite the X505's all-plastic design, build quality is superb. The base of the notebook uses high quality plastic that should brush off bumps and bruises easily. The palm rest and other areas of the notebook are satisfyingly firm and gives us the impression that the internal design and structure of the notebook was carefully planned. The LCD housing does a good job of protecting the screen as well. We were not able to produce distortions on the screen with poking or prodding on the back side of the LCD housing, and it also resisted twisting motions well.

A notebook this large has to have a solid screen hinge to support the weight of the LCD, and Toshiba delivers in that respect. The hinge is firm enough to keep the notebook closed and open when needed, but the screen wobbles a little when bumped and the hinge occasionally squeaks. It also takes some effort to open the notebook.
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