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Toshiba's Qosimo X870-11R: A Review of This Monstrous Machine

By Edited Sep 19, 2015 0 0

Toshiba wasn’t shooting for subtlety when it released the Qosimo X870-11R, a refreshed version of the Qosimo X770. The monstrous laptop sports a 17.3 inch screen and an aggressively styled body that will fit nicely into any gamer’s arsenal, but may be off-putting to those seeking a more subdued design. At £1,700, it isn’t cheap, but it’s got the guts to handle almost anything you can throw at it.


If you’re looking to spend this much on a laptop, then you’re probably in the market for some serious power. In this regard, the Qosimo X870 exceeds expectations. Clocking in at 2.3 GHz, the Intel Core i7 packs a whole lot of power. Complimenting this is the X780’s impressive memory limits (up to 32GB DDR3) and graphics chipset. While gaming is the obvious use for the laptop’s GeForce GTX 670M, working with special effects in After Effects and high-resolution images in Photoshop were hiccup-free and exceptionally smooth.

General computer use is also enjoyable. Programs open quickly and the 1TB hard drive performed as expected. The laptop did come with an enormous amount of garbage programs and games, however. These were removed before testing for performance, and the Qosimo X870 managed an excellent Geekbench score of 13,538.

Design & Feel

The Qosimo X870, like most laptops in the category, is an imposing beast. Accented by angry red highlights around the machine and made from a sturdy plastic and metal alloy, the laptop feels substantial. Weighing in at 3.4kg, it certainly isn’t something you’ll be tossing in your bag and carrying around. Both the screen hinges the frame itself are of solid construction, even if the power plug seems flimsy.

This isn’t a laptop to be carted around– you’ll most likely end up finding a spot for it and moving it rarely. The laptop feels well planted to the table during use, although the same feeling may not carry over to your lap. Placing the Qosimo X870 on anything but a table is both unwieldy and highly uncomfortable.


Along the edge of the machine sits an impressive array of ports. The Qosimo X870 includes four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA outs, headphone and microphone jacks, as well as a standard ethernet port. Also featured is a Blu-Ray disc player, which comes in especially handy when using the laptop’s 3D screen.

The screen is nothing short of phenomenal. Blacks are deep, and colors are vivid, which makes it an excellent machine for watching movies. Toshiba usually puts quality displays into their laptops, and this is no exception.

The 3D aspect to the display is on par with most other 3D devices. Using the included glasses, the 3D feature makes movies and even some supported video games a lot more entertaining. One thing to consider, however, is that watching 3D content on a laptop is not the same as watching from a 3D TV. Due to your proximity to the screen, you’ll want to make sure that you’re seated directly in front of the display and at the same level to avoid perception issues.

Mouse & Keyboard

Both the trackpad and the surrounding area are functional and appropriately styled. The trackpad surface is enormous, and the lack of visible buttons makes the smooth matte surface a pleasure to use. The red ring around the trackpad fits in well with the rest of the laptop and adds to its aggressive styling.

The keyboard, on the other hand, feels more utilitarian. Lacking any flair at all, it’s the most generic keyboard you’ll find on a gaming laptop. Backlighting is not an option, and the whole keyboard feels out of place in the context of such a flashy machine.


Underneath its fiery exterior lies an equally fierce set of components capable of taking on almost any game or program. With a graphics card and processor, the well-built Qosimo X870 is the perfect heavy-duty laptop for anyone who isn’t planning on moving around too much.



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