Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 review

Has Toshiba struck a balance between laptop performance and budget?

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Our Verdict

A good budget option, but seriously outperformed by high-end rivals

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1680 x 945
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great connectivity
  • Decent performance
  • Good image quality...

Against

  • ...shame about the sub-1080p resolution
  • Build quality and usability is dodgy
  • Expensive for the performance

The Toshiba Qosimo G50-127 is a large media centre that offers good value for money, although its rather garish design and sheer size might put some buyers off.

The 18.4-inch screen is bright and detailed, so movies look fantastic, although the 1680 x 945-pixel resolution doesn't challenge the full high-definition displays used by Sony and other manufacturers. The use of a Super-TFT screen coating also means that reflections can be irritating in bright light.

A powerful Nvidia GPU has been used, with 512MB of dedicated video memory, and we found this laptop ran the latest games without any problem.

As with most of the Qosmio range, the keyboard is a mixed bag. The action is smooth and comfortable enough to use for long periods of time, but the board is a little spongy and a few of the keys actually squeak when you strike them, which is a surprise at this price point.

Considering the laptop's size, the touchpad is a little small, but it suffices nonetheless and the mouse buttons are large, stylised and responsive.

The chassis' design will attract and repel in equal measure, as will the lid. Glossy black and silver plastics have been implemented with a lined pattern, which gives the laptop a garish look that doesn't really reflect the asking price.

Toshiba qosmio g50 127 speakers

Speakers from audio specialist Harman Kardon are built in and enhance the audio experience. A line of hotkeys also let you access multimedia applications with ease and offers great functionality. At 4.8kg, this is not the most portable machine, but the impressive 238-minute battery life will provide you with plenty of freedom on the go should you ever need to move around.

Fast performer

Internally an Intel Core 2 Duo processor powers the machine and is combined with 4096MB of memory for fast office performance. You'll have no problems running resource-intensive software, such as photo, movie or music editing suites.

The 320GB hard drive isn't the most capacious around, but will provide room for any large applications, music and photos you may want to carry with you.

Unfortunately, there's no Blu-ray drive and you'll have to make do with DVD quality, but a digital TV tuner is included for watching TV on the go.

Connectivity is excellent, with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet both present. Mini-FireWire and HDMI ports are also included alongside four USB interfaces.

The Qosmio G50-127 is a good option for those after a powerful laptop that won't break the bank, but if you're after true performance and can afford the price, we'd recommend looking elsewhere.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 9600M GT
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.25 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyQosmio G50
Processor ModelP8600
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Screen Resolution1680 x 945
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelPM45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height48.3 mm
Width452.3 mm
Depth311 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesG50
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelG50-127
Product NameQosmio G50-127 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineQosmio
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPQG55E-03P00GEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

If you're into hard-core gaming, brilliant graphics, immersive music, stunning graphic design or serious video editing, you need a PC that takes you beyond the ordinary-and one you can take with you wherever you go. That's why we created Qosmio G50-127 Notebook.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Qosmio G50-127 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • IR Transmitter Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed1066 MHz