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Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T - 18.4in Laptop - Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers
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Below the keyboard is a small button that deactivates the touchpad and its red LED strip, though there is also a dedicated keyboard shortcut for this function. The wide aspect multi-touch touchpad itself is responsive and offers a pleasant textured surface. Its flat buttons are a major improvement over some of the convex iterations we’ve come across on older Toshiba laptops. Feedback of the left button is just right, and though the right button’s travel is uncomfortably shallow it’s hardly a big deal. There’s a fingerprint scanner nestled between them for extra security.

Connectivity is generous enough, with Gigabit Ethernet, a combined eSATA/USB port alongside a plain USB one, HDMI video out (supporting Regza-Link for use with Toshiba televisions), mini FireWire, and a 54mm ExpressCard slot on the left; a physical wireless switch and memory card reader on the front; and a further two USB ports, VGA video output and 3.5mm jacks for headphone/ digital audio out and microphone to the right. As we've touched upon the X500 also features a BD-RE drive, which writes at x6 and re-writes at x2.

Toshiba’s unique Resolution+ technology (which upscales standard definition material to the screen’s Full HD resolution) is still on hand, though given the lack of a Cell co-processor we assume this is handled by the CPU alone. Unfortunately you’ll be hard-pressed to notice the difference with the upscaling available to any Windows PC using a dedicated graphics card.

While on the topic of high definition, the X500-10T’s 18.4in screen, with its 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, will certainly do Blu-rays and games as much justice as you can expect from a laptop display. Crucially, it improves on the poor viewing angles and contrast shift that noticeably affected the Satellite P500 screen. Though very far from what you would get on a high-end desktop monitor like the new Dell UltraSharp U2410, horizontal viewing angles are good enough that you can enjoy a film with some friends.

Colours are bright and vibrant, helped by the screen’s glossy coating. Sharpness is excellent and there is very little sign of backlight inconsistency or banding. Inevitably greyscale performance is patchy, but Toshiba has sensibly (for an entertainment-focused machine) configured the panel to prioritise dark detailing over white saturation - so while you’ll miss subtleties in bright scenes, at least you’ll have a good chance of spotting that monster hiding in the shadows. Overall, it’s one of the better 18.4in laptop screens we’ve come across.

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colin

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

TechVegan

February 10, 2010, 9:48 pm

@colin:


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 :)

betelgeus

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

betelgeus

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.

xmeiro

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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