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Toshiba Qosmio X870 Review: Gamer’s Paradise


Now when a package arrives at your pace just before Christmas one can never be sure whether to be excited or to just sigh along with the possibility of it being socks, or designer underwear that are generally a size or two smaller..

It was my lucky day as the guys at Toshiba sent over the Qosmio X870 3D Gaming laptop over for review, needless to already say; this machine is a beast.

At first glance, one could confuse the Qosmio brand and styling with that of Alienware but luckily it is not as rugged and heavy. The shiny red chrome finish just makes the device more pleasing to look at, which over kills the black plastic body. Very clever of them.

The X870 chassis is a huge 418 x 272 x 44mm and weighs an impressive 3.4kg. Now, why would you go public transporting with this beast? This should never be tried at home.

For a tech enthusiast I could never tell the difference between an Intel Core i3 and i5 processor as the two differed quite minimally until a few weeks ago when I had a first-hand experience with the i7 powered Acer S3 Ultrabook.

Thanks to the combined power of the Intel Core i7-3610QM CPU, clocked at 2.3GHz and the NVidia GeForce GTX 670M graphics card this beast is capable of playing any game under the sun, smoothly with no hiccups also thanks to the 16GB of RAM.

With a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, (17.3 inch screen) you’ll be able to enjoy all your gaming in Full 1080p High Definition. The way that nature intended.

The Qosmio X870 comes bundled with NVidia active shutter glasses that come in handy, or rather, that you will need for 3D to shade the display dramatically. The stereoscopic 3D must be one of the best experiences I have ever had, with the NVidia Control Panel giving support on a list of compatible games and how well they work.

While NVidia’s 3D vision is one of the best I’ve come across, there is a downside to their glasses. Heaven knows, they are very heavy and somewhat stiff. Back to he drawing board there.

Don’t worry about the space required for high definition or 3D media, the Qosmio X870 has a terabyte of hard-drive space, giving you plenty of digital real estate for media and games. Toshiba has also built in HDD protection, so when vibration or a drop is detected; the X870 shifts the position of the drive to keep your valuable data safely protected.

The beast boasts with 4 USB 3.0 ports able to transmit at 5Gbps, a Blu-ray drive, HDD protection, a backlit keyboard and very powerful Harmon/Kardon speakers. The rest of the connections read as standard, HDMI and VGA for connecting extra monitors and a Gigabit Ethernet port in case you don’t want to use the 802.11n wireless connection.


Despite the lack of depth, the Qosmio X870 was comfortable to type on and there’s a good amount of space between the keys.

Admittedly, the blood-red backlight behind the keys does look great. You’re also given a dedicated numeric keypad on the right-hand side, although we don’t expect you’ll be spending a lot of time editing spreadsheets with this machine.

While the battery-life of the beast only lasted us 2 hours per use, it was to understand because it’s packed with some powerful hardware of great use.

I love the fact that Toshiba has managed to resurrect itself and produce this enjoyable gaming machine with 3D dimensions out of this world. The huge crisp, bright 17.3 inch screen must be awarded as a necessity to all other laptops. Decision to up their USB ports to 3.0 lets us use the latest gaming peripherals at top speed to help improve the experience also something to be thankful for.

I’ve been saying the X870 is packed with some heavy machinery to please any gamer out there, that’s if you’ve got R21 999 to spare.