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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

As you would expect, at 4.6kg this desktop replacement pushes the boundaries of portability, yet its streamlined chassis makes it look less bulky than most gaming laptops. Battery life also suffers from the high specifications and twin hard drives, though the high-capacity 87Wh battery still managed to last an impressive one hour and 45minutes in MobileMark’s intensive DVD test (with screen brightness at 100 per cent). Unfortunately the Productivity battery benchmark failed to complete, but suffice to say this Toshiba performs surprisingly well away from a socket.

Finally we come to value, and here the Qosmio X500-10T fails to really impress. Interestingly, this is not because it’s bad value for what you’re getting, but because for an extra £100 you can buy Toshiba’s almost identical Qosmio X500-116 sporting an nVidia GeForce GTS 360M rather than the weaker GTS 250M. When you’re spending this much already, that seems like a decent investment.

If you’re a gamer rather than power user it’s also worth checking out gaming laptops from competitors at the £1,600 price mark. While you may not get some of the more niche features of the X500-10T, such as the Blu-ray writer drive, 8GB of RAM and twin hard drives, you will get a machine with a far more capable graphics card that'll ultimately be better for games.

A word of warning though: many of these use a Clevo chassis with which we’ve had issues in the past. Toshiba’s build quality, on the other hand, is excellent, and the Qosmio’s screen and speakers are also on another level. It's also worth considering the Asus G60J, which costs the same and has similar features, but performs a little better in games thanks in part to its screen’s lower resolution.

Verdict

A well-built and (generally) incredibly well-specified powerhouse of a system, the Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T is let down by Toshiba’s obsession with glossy plastic finishes and a surprisingly weak graphics card. However, if you can manage an extra £100, the next model up somewhat remedies this latter issue, making it the better option.

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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