Toshiba Qosmio X70 review

A gaming laptop that makes a loud first impression

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Gaming laptops can't get away with skimping on the core components and so, true to form, Toshiba has made sure that the Qosmio X70 is packed with top hardware.

Red keys
Toshiba hopes you like red

The key component is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M graphics chip. Only two other mobile GPUs from Nvidia's range have more gaming grunt, and neither the GTX 775M or the GTX 780M are found in any of Toshiba's rivals.

It's not like the GTX 770M lacks for power, either. The chip inside this machine uses 960 stream processors that run at 811MHz. There's 3GB of GDDR5 memory and, while the core doesn't use GPU Boost to overclock, it still has the capability to challenge anything else in modern gaming laptops.

Opening it up
High-performance hardware under the hood

The Core i7-4700MQ processor is a familiar part, as it's appearing in virtually every high-end consumer laptop at the moment. It's easy to see why it's popular, though: four Hyper-Threaded cores that run at 2.4GHz and hit a top Turbo speed of 3.4GHz. It's the same processor as found in almost every other laptop here – only the Schenker has the faster Core i7-4800MQ, which boosts the core and Turbo speeds to 2.7GHz and 3.7GHz.

The rest of the specification is just as enticing. The boot drive is a 256GB Toshiba THNSNH256GMCT SSD built with cutting-edge 19nm NAND flash chips, and it's accompanied by a 1TB hard disk, again by Toshiba. There's a mighty 16GB of memory on-board, too, which is twice as much as provided by many other models – including the Asus, MSI and Gigabyte machines.

Innards
16GB of RAM as standard? Oh yes

Dual-band 802.11n wireless is welcome, but the Intel chipset included here can't hold a candle to the Killer Networking DoubleShot chip inside the MSI GS70, which is designed for gamers. The networking setup is rounded out by Bluetooth 4 and Gigabit Ethernet, and optical support comes from a Blu-ray drive. Audio is handled by a quartet of Harmon/Kardon speakers that provide six Watts of aural output.

The port selection serves up no surprises: four USB 3.0 sockets, HDMI and D-SUB outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, two audio jacks and an SD card reader. We're pleased to see so many USB 3 ports – most other laptops include two or three – but the absence of DisplayPort and additional audio jacks is disappointing.

Portside
Plenty of ports including four USB 3

The Toshiba is one of the heftiest notebooks we've seen for some time, but that does mean there's more internal access than most portables can provide. There are two vacant SO-DIMM memory sockets and an empty bay can be used for a 2.5-inch hard disk or SSD. The installed 1TB hard disk and wireless chip can be accessed, too, although there's no easy way to get at the SSD or existing memory.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyQosmio X70-A
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700MQ
ColourPrecious Dark Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.40 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE XL
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + LE
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height44 mm
Width418.6 mm
Depth272.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesX70-A
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelX70-A-12W
Product NameQosmio X70-A-12W
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineQosmio
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSPLTE-098052EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing InformationDesigned for entertainment, Qosmio products offer the most powerful multimedia and gaming experiences available on a laptop. Built for TV, music, video and gaming, they feature ultra clear, bright screen technology, surround sound and one-touch controls to access all your multimedia content. Models even include High Definition DVD-R for a cinematic film experience, and hard disk drive recording to allow you to record TV programmes direct to your laptop.

Maximum Memory32 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Qosmio X70-A-12W
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year