Review Price £1,300.00
Toshiba Qosmio F750 – Connectivity, Specs and Usability
Connectivity is decent. On the left you'll find VGA, USB 2 and 3, and HDMI 1.4. At the front is a SDXC card reader, while the right houses headphone and microphone jacks, a second USB 2 port, and of course the tray-loading optical drive. In this case it's a Blu-ray XL recorder, which means that – unlike a regular Blu-ray writer – it can write discs of up to 100GB, a handy feature for permanent backups. The TV tuner antennae you see on our photos won't be present on shipping European models.
Moving onto the laptop's insides, it will come with a whopping quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM, which supports up to eight virtual cores, and runs at 2GHz by default (with a maximum Turbo frequency of 2.9GHz). So where processing power is concerned, the Qosmio F750 is more than a match for many desktop systems.
It's backed by a reasonable 6GB of RAM and generous 650GB hard drive, though the latter is of the slower 5,400rpm variety. Of course Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi N are also present, and the webcam is of the HD variety.
Naturally, for a flagship 3D laptop, the graphics card is one of the most important elements. Unfortunately, to keep the machine's price around £1,300, Toshiba has compromised a little here with an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M sporting 2GB of RAM. While this is a solid card that will provide a great experience with 3D Blu-rays and can even run some fairly advanced 3D games in 2D, for stereoscopic 3D (which requires twice the processing power) in demanding titles like Crysis it might not hold up all that well. Still, if you're willing to scale down the resolution and detail a bit, it will do the job. We just wish Toshiba had elected to go with a Core i5 and GT 560M combo instead.
As it's a GeForce card, Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching technology is supported. And the F750 needs all the spare juice it can get, as the best estimate we received for how long its 48Wh/4200mAh battery would last was three hours (though we're guessing that's with 3D enabled).
On the usability front the F750 holds up very well. Its keyboard offers a good layout, and the large keys are well-spaced. Though their semi-glossy finish makes them just a tad slippery to the touch, key feedback is superb, with plenty of travel and a nice, positive click. Basically, typing is a pleasure.
The touchpad has the distinct honour of being one of the few non-glossy parts of this laptop. A lightly textured matt surface makes it good to work with, and though its individual chromed buttons are a little on the stiff side, they're still very usable.