"Amazing!!!"on by pennsu55
Pros Wide, bright display, easy navigation buttons, fast, and sleek
Cons Requires short, cords for external video, audio and TV tuner in. Toshiba loads on annoying software that takes up lots of memory and most are only trial versions. Heavy.
Summary Seeing how great the Qosmio g25 was, I decided to order the not yet rated Qosmio g35 hoping it was as good or better than the g25. I bet right!! This laptop is great. With a few minor cons, it does pretty much everything you want a laptop to do and much more.
The first thing I noticed when I got the laptop was its sleek design with a beautiful wide screen. The second thing I noticed was the nav buttons with the two built-in speakers. Being an audio lover, I was anxious to try the speakers out. They are very good speakers for built-in laptop speakers but don't believe they are going to blow you away! The processor is very good though at times in has a very short lagging period but I was doing multiple things at once. Really nothing to fuss about. I love the volume dial. It is really a nice feature to have.
Now for the cons; this thing is heavy for a laptop. Like 10 lbs!! But you can't have a powerhouse be light, can you? Another minor con was the short cords required to hook up the TV tuner and the composite in for external devices such as Xbox 360 which I haven't figured out how to use the laptop for my screen when playing Xbox. Another con is the software Toshiba pre-loads on. It takes so much memory that the laptop is kind of sluggish when you first boot it up. I had to uninstall most of the pre-installed programs which many of the programs were trial versions anyway. A very minor con is that when using the volume dial, you can't see in comparison how high or low the volume is. I also wish the g35 had more lights. I liked how the g25 had lights on the nav buttons. Now for the biggest con which has nothing to do with the laptop itself but rather Toshiba as a company.
Being one of the first people to order this laptop, I ran into a major problem with Toshiba. I had to send mine back for inspection! About 20 g35's had minor Bluetooth and pixel related problems and of coarse mine was one of the 20 first laptops sent out. Mine had no problems I could see but it is better to get it inspected than regret it later. A pain in the butt but Toshiba made the process as painless as possible. Free overnight shipping. Even so, Toshiba should have checked it out before sending my product. Shame on you!!
All in all, if you are thinking on buying a laptop, I highly suggest the Qosmio g35. It is a great laptop with multiple features. The design is sleek and stylish but a bit pricey.
Pros Toshiba laptops are powerful, cutting-edge. Great sound and picture
Cons The tech support is the worse I've encountered in the history of tech support. And I assure you I'm not exaggerating
Summary I apologize in advance if this sounds like a rant. I write this not to vent but to warn future Toshiba customers that, if your laptop ever runs into problems, their tech support will drive you nuts.
I also want to preface this by saying my product was the G15, but I'm also not reviewing the specific product, just their tech support.
About 10 months after I purchased the Qosmio, I started hearing clicking and bleeping noises coming from the bottom left part of the laptop. I called up the tech support, and they told me to send it to a depot. I did that, and without a second look they said Toshiba was requiring all Qosmio G15s to have their systemboards upgraded. Two weeks later, it came back. Not long after, the noise happened again. I called up Toshiba tech support again, and they said to send it back to the Depot. I did that, and told them the systemboard's already been changed. They told me that Toshiba is asking them to only send the Qosmios off to have systemboard upgraded even though I had specified my problem. Two weeks later, the laptop came back, and the noise was still there.
I called tech support a third time. This time they sent an onsite technician over. It took him 10 seconds to figure out that this was a problem with the hard drive, not the systemboard. He requested Toshiba to send me a new hard drive.
It arrived a few days after, and an onsite technician came to install it. There's a 60G and a 40G, and Toshiba had sent him a 60G. That's fine, but after this was all done, I found out that it was the 40 G that was broken.
So, I called tech support yet another time (by now it's three months after the problem first occurred) and told them to send the technician a 40 G. A week later, the technician came, and find out that Toshiba had sent him a 60 G.
I called tech support yet again, and told them about my problem. This time they sent the 40 G but the technician couldn't get the laptop to recognize it. He called Toshiba and they said I would have to send it to the Depot. They told me they'll send me a UPS box to put it in.
After the technician left, I googled the problem. Turned out that I had to just go into disk management, format the new drive, populate it, and it's working fine now. Took me 15 minutes to figure that out, and the slightly more tech savvy would've figured this out anyway.
Oh, and the UPS box never came.
Pros Fast. Great sound. Great screen. Plenty of storage.
Cons Heavy. Expensive.
Summary Having had a G25 and now a G35, I thought I would share my opinion about the 2 machines. The look, feel, size, screen, etc is pretty much the same. A couple of things I preferred on the G25 are the lights to show volume levels and touch pad on top for multimedia controls.
One big advantage on the G35 is the touchpad. Not just the quick controls, but the overall feel of it. The G25 had a scratcy surface. This one is smooth and much easier to use. The dual 80G drives are also nice allowing plenty of storage.
I keep reading about the 1 bit Audio processor on the new G35. Thats great, but how do I realize the true benefit of this? The manual provided is pretty much useless when it comes to explaining the advantages of all these inclusions.
The graphics card seems fine. When my card shows up in system info however on the G35, it says it has 512MB installed. Is this incorrect? Anyone else see this?
All in all, a great machine. Right now, the G25 can be picked up at Best Buys for $1799 while they are left. Is this one worth $600 extra? For my use, no, simply because I would not take advantage of all the high end features.
do I regret the purchase? No.
Pros Fast, full of features, the best desktop replacement, great multimedia.
Cons Maybe the price
Summary I bought my Qosmio G35, 2 weeks ago.
The configuration is:
Intel Core Duo 2GHz
2x 100 Gb HDD
Geforce 7600 with 256Ram
Display 1440x900 Wxsga
DVD with dual layer capabilities
TV Turner - amaizing quality, cristal immage with a normal aerial.
Microsoft XP Media Centre
Sound system "rocks"
You can't immagine something and this machine not to have it.
I had my share of laptops during the years and i love gadgets but this is the best ever.
Great gaming machine, excellent quality.
You can't go wrong with this one.
About the Price, well Dell for a similar model
is arround $300 cheaper but does not have TV Turner build in, and the maximum HDD is 100GB. Also you can buy an external TV Turner but the quality provided by Toshiba is excellent.
Pros Great screen, great audio
Cons Horrible video card (stay away from nvidia go 7300); Horrible load times for anything and everything; buggy and extremly heavy
Summary I bought this laptop only after a long conversation with a Circuit City employee. The laptop was absolutely horrible. Start up time was extremely long. When I thought that it was done loading...nope... more stuff to load at start up. So I went and disabled all non-neccessary applications from starting up with windows. That didn't help.
After installing World of Warcraft, I realized I had a problem. All of the graphic settings were set to the lowest settings and I was still lagging from the horrible 7300 go video card. Horrible. Counter strike source had to be on the lowest setting to even be somewhat enjoyable.
Loading any program, even paint, took way longer than it should have. Even with the 2 g intel centrino duo and 1 gb of ram.
Overall very laggy and disturbingly expensive. I don't ever want to put my hands on one of these crap boxes again.
DON'T BUY FROM CIRCUIT CITY! They charge a 15% restocking fee for returning a product. I paid $322 for them to resell that piece of ____.Updated
I just saw that circuit city dropped the price of the notebook $700.00. Now the notebook is close to what it is worth. I would say the price should be $1400.00, but it is on sale for $1700.00 at CC. Whatever. It's still a crappy notebook.