There’s a reason why readers usually refer to the Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 as an all-around entertainment laptop rather than a hardcore gaming rig. That’s because it’s actually lighter than most gaming laptops and it doesn’t have that extravagant pimped-up facade often found in Dell Alienware.
Simply because gaming isn’t emphasized explicitly, doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, it’s a powerful gaming laptop with an 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700QM processor and a whopping 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M graphics card.
The following segments will dissect and detail the advantages and disadvantages of choosing the Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22.
Powerful Gaming Performance
There’s no stopping the Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 . It’s as powerful as it can get without being such a burden on the wallet- an immediate contrast to what the Toshiba brand is known for, high prices. Also, it’s far cheaper than Alienware.
Where speed plays an important role on the virtual life and death situations gamers often encounter, this Qosmio X70 will easily breeze through Max Payne 3, Hard Reset, Stalker and Dirt 3 at 1920 x 1080 resolution (in the highest settings).
Though perfectly playable at mid-level to low settings, gamers might have to deal with stumbling fps rates on Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Witcher 2 and Metro 2033.
Still, that’s a lot better compared to Asus’ G75VW which wasn’t able to handle The Witcher 2 at all.
The Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22’s dedicated graphics card is no push-over. It’s 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M GPU that’s capable of going through those graphic-intensive processes such as Photoshop. The same goes for programming, video-editing and computer-aided design.
The 17.1″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen makes watching movies or playing games a most memorable experience.
Enough about processing prowess! It’s time to focus on its physical attributes. To say at the least, the Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 is a whole kilo lighter than the Asus G75VW. At 3.5 kgs, it’s a no brainer that the Qosmio easily beats Dell’s Alienware M17x which is at 5.3 kgs.
Great Listening Experience
It’s not exactly Hansen or Naim, yet the Harman/Kardon quad speakers of the Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 proves to be one of the loudest speakers a gaming laptop could have. SRS Premium Sound 3D further helps in providing a more realistic audio experience.
It’s not just about the 4 USB 3.0 ports or the Sleep and Charge functionality. This Qosmio X70 has been commended, through customer reviews, for its great Wi-Fi connectivity.
Bad Battery Life
Perhaps one with the poorest battery life among its competitors, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M video card just sucks the life force out of the Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 (even when it’s armed with Optimus Technology). Its battery life expectancy is at 3.9 hours.
There’s no point in loading games that gamers won’t probably touch. It would seem odd to expect that a person who’s after a powerful Toshiba gaming rig would care about these pre-loaded games.
The Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 customizable laptop is a competitive gaming rig with heavy specifications. With a little of everything, it can turn into an entertainment system without breaking a sweat.
More importantly, it’s a desktop replacement that transforms into the powerful gaming laptop that’s expected of it.
While bad battery life is a trend for Toshiba laptops, the Qosmio X70promises to be a purchase that’s well worth the cost.
Up to 4th gen. Intel Core i7-4700QM Processor
Up to Windows 8.1 Pro
Up to 256GB SSD (Solid State Disk, Serial ATA)
3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M with Optimus Technology
Up to Blu-Ray disk rewritable drive
Weight 7.6 Lbs.
Battery life: up to 3.9 hours
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