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.
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.
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