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This 17.3-inch behemoth might not look very different to the last Qosmio, but you'll notice the improvements as soon as you fire up some of today's games. While the exterior retains the solid, chunky chassis of the popular Qosmio, Toshiba has given the interior a thorough overhaul, decking it out with some of the finest new gaming components available.
Design and features
The X70-A014 looks and feels much like its predecessor, clad in the same huge aluminium and plastic chassis that gamers have grown to know and love over the last couple of years. It's unmistakably a gaming machine, with the bold red and grey colours delivering a striking finish. Weighing in at a chunky 3.5kg, it's actually not too heavy for a 17-incher, at just half a kilogram more than some 15-inch gamers.
The full-sized, backlit keyboard feels rock solid, and the responsive touch pad is one of the better gaming pads we've used, though owners will obviously prefer to bring along their favourite headshot-enhancing mouse. Given the large screen, we were a little concerned that the HD resolution of 1920x1080 might not be quite high enough, but were relieved to see that the pixel structure was very hard to notice, even at extremely close range. If only the screen wasn't coated in an annoying glossy finish, which serves as a mirror in all but the darkest conditions. Toshiba has fitted the audio system with four Harmon Kardon speakers, and they deliver a surprisingly clear sound scape that doesn't suffer from the tinny problem that most laptops endure.