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Posted on March 6th, 2012 by Sasha Muller

Toshiba Qosmio X870 review: first look


Toshiba today unveiled its newly honed range of consumer laptops. But, in amongst the troop of affordable 13in, 15in and 17in models, there lay something far more exciting – its latest 17.3in gaming laptop, the Qosmio X870.

Even set against the multi-coloured bevy of Satellite laptops, the Qosmio X870 had no trouble seizing attention. Finished in a combination of dark greys, black and edged in a glossy blood-red, this 17.3in portable is relatively understated by gaming laptop standards. Fire it up, however, and a few touches help it to stand our from the crowd – with a keyboard backlit in striking red, and another gleaming red logo set adrift on the lid, the X870 is keen to differentiate itself from the average home laptop.


Load up one of the latest gaming titles, however, and there’ll be no doubt as to the X870’s gaming credentials. Toshiba swore us to secrecy as to the CPU and GPU thrumming away inside the X870, but with a release set for Q2 of this year, you can be sure it’ll be the latest and greatest hardware from Intel and Nvidia. Will that mean a high-end Ivy Bridge processor? Only time will tell.

DSC02949Power isn’t likely to be lacking in Toshiba’s gaming prodigy, but the Qosmio X870 has squeezed in a whole host of gaming-friendly technology. ¬†Toshiba were keen to boast about the X870’s 17.3in Full-HD display. With a blazingly quick response time of only 5ms, this 120Hz panel is as capable of silky-smooth 2D gaming as it is wowing with Nvidia’s 3D Vision. We saw the X870 hooked up to a 42in Toshiba 3DTV (yes, HDMI 1.4 comes as standard), and Batman: Arkham City seemed to be barrelling along at a fluid framerate – even with the resolution pumped right up to 1,920 x 1,080.

Sound is impressive, too.¬†Harman Kardon speakers are partnered with SRS’ sound-enhancing Premium Sound 3D technology, as well as Harman Kardon’s bass-boosting Slipstream concept, and they certainly reached a decent volume in our brief time with the X870.


Turn to less exciting details, and the Qosmio still ticks all the boxes. With four USB 3 ports scattered around the chassis, 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth 4, there’s no shortage of high-speed connectivity. Look beneath the red glow of the backlit keyboard, meanwhile, and the large buttonless touchpad provides accurate cursor control and gesture recognition.


There’s no doubt that the Qosmio X870 is packed to the gills with gaming-friendly specifications, but with a release slated for early in Q2 of this year, we’ll have to wait and see if this is the gaming laptop we’ve all been waiting for.

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7 Responses to “ Toshiba Qosmio X870 review: first look ”

  1. David Wright Says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Only HD? That is a shame, given the size of the panel, I was hoping for at least 1920×1200 or better still 2560×1400.

    My 15.4″ Sony has full HD and it is very limiting in daily use. Those extra vertical pixels are really missed.

  2. Sponge Buster Says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Why would they put a 2560×1400 res screen in a gaming notebook? No mobile GPU would be able to play a current game at that resolution, not to mention no other content (Blu Ray’s) etc use that resolution.

    1080P was the right call!

  3. David Wright Says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Good, I’m not a gamer, but the rest of the spec is very interesting, although I wouldn’t need the graphics card, the onboard graphics of the Core i7 would be enough.

    A decent processor and a decent amount of screen real estate are what is important to me.

  4. Vazgen Says:
    March 14th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    When i saw Toshiba Qosmio G35 for the first time it was really impressive. It wasnot look like other notebooks, it was very elegant and unique. also it has really good display, not like these days Qosmios, which have simple and third rate TN matrix (it is a shame and doesn’t compliance with line of Qosmio). In addition, there is no need to make some modifications in Satellite line and introduce it as Qosmio(such as Qosmio X770, what a disappointing unit). I like also Qosmio X505 a lot. Very nice, good for producers, but it is very sad that Toshiba stopped producing that beautiful machine. 18.4′ is excellent. why, really, they stopped that model… What about X870, it is a middle, not so good, not so bed. I expect much more from Toshiba and I hope that 18.4″ notebook will come alive. Thank you.

  5. 1kdrocks Says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    can any one help me out to fix gaming of my lenovo ideapad z570 please . gaming stops on it after 15 minuits progresively.please help me

  6. Dave Douglas Says:
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Spongebuster you are total idiot…
    You say there is no mobile gpu that will play blu ray or games at that resolution. Well how much about computers do you actually know? As of now i can say u don’t know jack sh%t. You can easily watch blu ray movies with 1080P and 1080I with nvidia 7600 at resolution of 1920X1200. No framerate loss what so ever. Many games such as Quake 4 can be runned on the same mobile gfx card at full resolution. And with gfx card GTX670 and cpu I7 this laptop can run every modern game in max, so keep your stupidity to yourself.

  7. Jamie Wilson Says:
    January 17th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    @David Wright It does have a full HD resolution silly! – LED Lights – GU10, MR16…


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