What do the terms “Full HD”, “3D”, “gaming” and “laptop” have in common? The Toshiba Qosmio X870 of course! Coming with a hardware configuration that keeps the pace even under the most stressing conditions, the Toshiba Qosmio X870 has one distinctive feature that’s not found in most laptops out there: a 3D-capable Full HD display. Enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies or take your gaming to another level with the Toshiba Qosmio X870-144 high-end 3D gaming laptop. Buy it now from currys.co.uk for £1799.99.

Toshiba Qosmio X870 Review – 3D Everywhere

At first you had to go to the cinema if you wanted to watch a 3D movie; time passed and 3D TVs appeared, allowing you to watch 3D content from the comfort of your living room. Now, with the introduction of 3D-capable laptops, such as the Toshiba Qosmio X870 we’re testing today, you can easily take 3D content with you everywhere.

The Toshiba Qosmio X870-144 was built to stand out, there’s no doubt about that, because it comes with a design that makes it hard to remain un-noticed. Combining an aluminum-like finish with the red accents on the illuminated Qosmio logo on the lid and the illuminated keyboard, the X870-144 is one of the most attractive laptops that visited our ‘labs’.

It seems like Toshiba really wanted to impress with the Qosmio X870-144 as its design is not the laptop’s only attractive feature. On the hardware side we found an Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive paired with an 128GB SSD and, the main attraction, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M GPU. Other uncommon specs include the 17.3-inch Full HD 3D display and the integrated Blu-ray drive. Not so long ago we reviewed a laptop with a very similar configuration, the Medion ERAZER X7819, and we knew what to expect from the Qosmio in terms of performance; however, we were very eager to put the 3D feature to work.

Unfortunately our enthusiasm was quickly hit due to the fact that most of the games that ran perfectly in “high” or even “ultra” settings became unplayable when 3D was activated unless we reduced detail settings. We noticed a fps drop of approximately 50% so only the games that were usually reaching 60+ frames per second in 2D mode managed to remain playable with acceptable frame rates when switched to 3D. The reason for the drop is simple: the laptop had to process two individual frames, one for the left eye and one for the right eye, just to achieve a single 3D frame, so the drop is perfectly understandable.

On the bright side, Blu-ray content looked absolutely superb in 3D, whether we watched it on the laptop’s 17.3-inch Full HD 3D display or on a 3D TV connected via HDMI. The integrated NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Wireless Glasses Kit included in the box was easy to set up and comfortable to use, a sign that Toshiba really struggled to make the 3D experience as good as possible.

Overall, despite the minor gaming inconvenience, the Toshiba Qosmio X870 does an impressive job handling 3D content, providing decent value for money.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • Laptop Model – Toshiba Qosmio X870-144
  • Processor – Third Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM, Ivy Bridge
  • CPU Speed – 2.4 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz), 6MB Cache
  • Screen Size – 17.3-inch
  • Display – 1920 x 1080, Full HD, LED, 3D Display
  • Memory – 16GB RAM (4x4GB)
  • Storage – 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
  • Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX with 3GB DDR5 Memory
  • Blu-ray ROM Drive
  • Harman Kardon Audio
  • Connectivity – USB 3.0 x4, HDMI x1, VGA x1, Ethernet x1, multi card reader x1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n x1
  • Battery – 8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery – up to 2 hours
  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows 8


 

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