Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290 Glasses-Free 3D laptop review: Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290 Glasses-Free 3D laptop

While a Blu-ray drive is what we'd expect to find in a multimedia laptop such as this, the big surprise is that the drive records Blu-rays as well, not just DVDs. As this laptop is currently only available in a single fixed configuration, you're stuck with that potentially expensive extra, and there's no chance to upgrade the midlevel Nvidia GeForce 540M graphics.

The quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM is an excellent, powerful CPU, and makes the F755 more than capable of handling just about any task, including the intensive work required for glasses-free 3D playback. It performed on par with other multimedia laptops with the same CPU, including the Dell XPS 17 and the Toshiba Qosmio X775, which has active-shutter 3D.

The Nvidia GeForce 540M graphics are fine for basic mainstream gaming, but this definitely is not a dedicated gaming machine, especially as the 3D effect doesn't work in games. In Street Fighter IV, the system got 44.3 frames per second at full 1080p resolution, while a much more graphically intensive game, Metro 2033, ran at 7 fps at the same resolution. If you dial the settings back, however, most current games should run acceptably. Getting a driver update to support 3D gameplay would be great, as 3D gaming is arguably much better and more flexible on a PC than on game consoles.

Juice box
Mainstream Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.47
Sleep (10%) 1.4
Idle (25%) 13.34
Load (05%) 63.82
Raw kWh number 105.8
Annual power consumption cost $11.93

Annual power consumption cost
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
$11.93 
Dell XPS 17 3D
$15.69 

No one really expects a semiexperimental laptop such as this to have great battery life, even though at 15 inches it's not an unreasonable size to carry around. It actually did a bit better than we expected, running for 2 hours and 14 minutes in our 2D video playback battery drain test. In casual use, the system died in under 1 hour when playing 3D Blu-ray video. Clearly, this is not the laptop for watching 3D movies on during an airplane flight.

Toshiba supplies a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with Qosmio F755, but we'd strongly consider getting an enhanced or extended package for such an unusual system. Adding accidental damage coverage for that one-year term is an extra $79, while a three-year plan is $149 for basic coverage and $299 for three years with accidental damage protection.

The Toshiba Qosmio F755 is a bit of a one-trick pony, but when it works right, it's a pretty good trick. It's exactly the kind of technology that a company such as Apple would refine for a few additional in-house generations before releasing to the public, but we also appreciate the opportunity Toshiba is offering to be an early adopter, if you can handle the typical early-adopter growing pains.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
419 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
77 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
122 

Metro 2033 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,366x768, High, DX11, AAA, 4X AF  
1,920x1,080, High, DX11, 4X AA, 16X AF  
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
12.1 
7 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
134 

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System configurations:

Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M; 750GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Dell XPS 17 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio VPCF215FX/BI
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M; 640GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1.5 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M; HDD #1 - 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm + HDD #2: 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290 Glasses-Free 3D laptop

Part Number: PQF75U-02601

MSRP: $1,699.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • CPU Intel Core i7 (2nd Gen) 2630QM / 2 GHz
  • Color fusion 3D finish in brilliant red, black keyboard
  • Weight 7.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive BD-RE - fixed
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM
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