Toshiba’s Qosmio range is set up for entertainment and the G20 stands at its head. With a large widescreen display and running Microsoft’s Windows Media Center 2005, Toshiba has pretty much thrown the kitchen sink at this thing in an effort to ensure that it can act as a full-on digital hub.
However, it’s not going to win any prizes for portability. This is a big heavy machine and weighs in at 4.3Kg and that’s without they external power brick. Certainly you’re not going to want to move it very often.
As an entertainment machine it’s important that it looks good and Toshiba has done well here. With the lid closed the silver finish and the Qosmio logo adorn the otherwise featureless expanse that is the lid cover. Surrounding the eye catching 16:10 17in display is a brown brushed metal bezel, while around the keyboard, is shiny plastic enhanced by blue lights in all the right places. The effect is somewhat spolit however, by its tendency to pick up fingerprints, so you’ll have to spent time on regular grooming. No surprise that a cleaning cloth is supplied.
Toshiba uses what it calls a TruBrite coating. This ensures that the screen is exceptionally bright with colours virtually leaping off the screen. In fact, I found that the maximum brightness setting made things look a tad washed out and I had turn it down a notch for optimum results. Set-up correctly though and viewing video and images on the Qosmio is a pleasure.
A major downside to the TruBrite coating is that it suffers from higher reflectivity that standard screens, which does bother some people. However, writing this review on the Qosmio under office lights was not a problem – I simply had to angle the screen to lessen reflections. In my opinion the benefits of the TruBrite coating outweigh the reflectivity problems, which you can get round by adjusting the angle slightly. You won’t have too much scope for this however, as vertical viewing angles weren’t that impressive, with the screen washing out when the screen was tilted too far forward or back. There was some colour shift when viewing from the sides but nothing too drastic, so you can get three or four people sitting round comfortably.