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Toshiba Qosmio X770 review

Toshiba Qosmio X770 - Your New Pet Monster

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8
Features:
8.5
Performance:
8.5
Value:
7.5
Mobility:
7.5
THE GOOD
Powerful discrete graphics
3D capable quality screen
Integrated 3D glasses transmitter
THE BAD
Expensive
Heavy
Small trackpad


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Open up the laptop, and you will be greeted with the same color scheme, and the same metallic looking materials, with the same red gradation. The touch-sensitive multimedia controls are close to the screen, just the way we like it because pressing the function button to change the volume is not how we roll, especially when we’re hard at work shooting zombies (yes we're Zombie fans!) and/or enemy soldiers.

The Harman Kardon stereo speakers are located at the edges of the red gradation, which is a good spot because it doesn’t get in the way of anything. Sound from the Qosmio X770 is exactly how you’d imagine it to be. It’s clear, crisp and most of all, it’s LOUD, perfect for hearing the enemy sneaking up on you. The subwoofer also delivers bass that while isn’t earth-shattering, is quite adequate for a portable gaming machine, and even better for movies on the go (but please not in the bus, library or train without your headphones).

The red backlit chicklet keyboard - while not surprising these days - is very much appreciated. Keys are placed a good distance apart from each other, ensuring that typing is a relatively pain-free experience. And even though the QWERTY portion of the keyboard was fairly spacious, Toshiba also found enough space (granted that's not very hard for a 17.3-inch notebook) to include a number pad. These extra keys allow for gamers to attach gaming functions to them, a feature that could be invaluable to experienced players. One noticeable flaw would be the presence of slight keyboard flex, that irks more than hinder, allowing you to live with it just fine.

The X770’s off-center track pad is fairly large, but seemed to be dwarfed by the overall size of the machine. There is a track pad on/off switch button on the top of the track pad that helps fill the void between the track pad and the keyboard, which typists will appreciate. But that also leads to a slight problem we had.

We felt that a giant notebook should naturally come with a giant track pad that utilizes all of the space it can find (an example would be the unused space where track-pad switch is located). Something else to note is that the texture of the track-pad is also unique, blending the surface area in with surface of the palm rest. It’s still pretty obvious where the track pad ends and palm rest begins, but it lends the entire area a pleasant uniform look.

The large 17.3-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution) screen is actually one of our favorite things about the Qosmio X770. It has a full HD resolution and best of all is a 120Hz screen which supports 3D viewing. We tried looking at the monitor from several different angles and didn’t find any strange artifacts like those found in cheaper screens. It’s quite glossy, but the bright LED back-lights helps tremendously when viewing it under the harsh light.

To complement the 3D display capabilities of the screen, you get not one, but two front-facing cameras above the screen, because it just isn’t enough to watch or play your games in 3D anymore. Sometimes you just need to be watched in 3D too. In case you’re wondering, that’s not all the 3D enabled Qosmio X770 can do. There’s also the very neat party trick of 2D to 3D conversion that the Qosmio X770 supports.

It not only converts your exisitng non-3D digital movies and games in real-time, it can also convert your Blu-ray / DVD titles to output in 3D. Sounds too good to be true? Maybe, because there seems to be a catch. It’s imperative to note that the converted images and movies have to be down-sampled to a lower quality in order for the graphics chip to churn out two images simultaneously which are then shown in very quick succession (and offset a bit) to give the 3D effect.