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Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T - 18.4in Laptop - Application and Gaming Performance

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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The Toshiba is clearly hampered in this artificial benchmark by its slow hard drives, though beyond the faster graphics we're at a bit of a loss to explain the Asus' relatively dramatic lead here.

In Stalker it becomes obvious just how much the Toshiba's GTS 250 looses out to the Asus' GTX 260.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 7
  • Features 9
  • Design 7
  • Battery Life 7


February 10, 2010, 4:21 pm

i looked at this as a relacement for my ageing xps gen2 but the graphics card put me off as well even a 300 series is still poor as these are mainly renamed 200 cards there appears to be a number of i7 laptops appearing most of which have poor 200 series cards which rather defeats the object of a gaming laptop the only one ive found with decent spec is acer 8942g same 18.4 screen i7 cpu ram from 4-8gb and an ATI 5000 series card all for between £1050-£1500 (if you can find one) waiting for a review before comitting hint hint


February 10, 2010, 9:48 pm


I completely agree with your point. Especially considering that graphics cards are FAR more important to mobile gaming than CPUs, the choice in this Toshiba is disappointing.

As to the "hint hint", we'll see what we can do - I'm looking forward to seeing how ATI's latest mobile GPU measures up myself :)


February 10, 2010, 10:28 pm

the acer appears to come with a hd 5650 which is infact slower than the 250m,although it uses less power and is cooler,horses for courses.look at the asus g73jh series which comes with a hd 5870 now thats prorper gaming


February 10, 2010, 11:36 pm

scrub that it actually uses the hd 5850 which is on a par with the 360m.still both are disapointing at this price point.

Will 3

February 21, 2010, 9:45 pm

@ Ardjuna

Are the HDD's connected in RAID? More specificly does the laptop use an Intel (or other) Raid controller?

Second Question:

Do you have any experience with Toshiba support? e.g. do they provide up to date drivers...etc

I had a VAIO laptop and Sony support is non-existent; I don't want to repeat a situation where I buy an expensive laptop with no customer support.


March 21, 2010, 9:38 pm

@ Will

I have a Toshiba for 3 1/2 months now and when it comes to drivers Toshiba sends notifications when something new comes about. Up to now it was new Bluetooth software, new bios, new Lan driver, new wireless driver and 2 graphics card drivers.

The drivers indicated/supplied by Toshiba are usually not the latest available.

As for support for hardware failures I have no idea how it is: I specifically chose Toshiba because in the last 12 years my father always had Toshiba and never needed to find out how is their support because there was never any need for it. That is why when I needed a laptop I went for this brand. Hope the quality and long term reliability is still the same.

I suspect with high end gaming machines this is more a factor and may influence their choice of hardware as higher performance gear is more prone to fail.

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