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Toshiba's back with another gaming laptop, this time in third generation Core form. Qosmio's thing has always been red, and it doesn't disappoint here; the 17.1-inch laptop's trim and features are embellished with metallic red. It's otherwise a mixture of diamond-plated and faux brushed aluminium black plastic. It is actually quite understated compared to previous Qosmio efforts.
It's also taken the rather odd path of being a Harvey Norman exclusive.
A big beastie with discrete graphics, the X870 isn't kind on the battery — even less so since Toshiba's decided to enable Nvidia's 3D Vision, which is incompatible with Optimus. As a consequence, Intel's HD Graphics isn't enabled and battery drain will be quite impressive, even when idling.
- USB 3.0: 4
- Optical: Blu-ray/DVD±RW
- Video: VGA, HDMI
- Ethernet: gigabit
- Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11n, Bluetooth
- Audio: 2.1 Realtek audio
The dull-red backlit keyboard is welcome, however, only the primary keys light up — if you want to see function keys, you're going to have to turn on a light. As is increasingly the case, the function keys at the top have been inversed, so their primary duty is things like volume control and screen brightness. Hold down the Fn key, and you'll get F1 to F12 back.
The 1920x1080, 17.1-inch screen may be TN-based, but it manages decent colours, along with acceptable viewing angle, courtesy of its size.
Sound is passable, although the lack of a subwoofer in a machine this size hurts. There's no 5.1 out through re-assignable 3.5mm jacks either, just a headphone and microphone jack on the right — although, you'll have to figure out which is which yourself, as Toshiba's metallic red surfacing has no labels.