Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850 review: Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850

As a gaming machine, the X505 is a capable performer, although perhaps not at the level we'd expect from a nearly $2,000 laptop. Cranking Unreal Tournament III up to 1,900x1,050 pixels, we hit nearly 60 frames per second from the single Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M. However, systems such as the Alienware m17x, with dual GeForce GTX 208M GPUs, got about 170 frames per second on the same test. The moral of this story is that high-end gaming rigs are simply expected to have dual video cards these days, at least once you pass the $1,500 point.

Juice box
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850 (Average watts per hour)
Off 0.4
Sleep 1.36
Idle 17.89
Load 96.58
Raw kWh 153.71
Annual energy cost $17.45

The Qosmio X505 ran for 1 hour and 53 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included 12-cell battery. That may not sound like much, but from a massive desktop replacement, anything even close to 2 hours is usually good. These bigger systems are usually tethered to a single location, and don't spend a lot of time away from a wall socket.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. We'd expect a longer default warranty for such a high-end system, but at least Toshiba's support Web site is easy to navigate, providing a custom page of info for your specific model. Support is also accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
622 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
111 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
140 

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF*  
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
1,920x1,200, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
Malibal Veda Clevo M980NU @ 16x9 / @ 19x10
215.7 
198.1 
180.9 
Alienware M17x
201.4 
200.1 
168 
Asus W90VP-X1 @ 1400x1050 / @ 1280x768
143.3 
129.6 
119.4 
Gateway P-7808u
124.8 
100.3 
iBuyPower M865TU @ 1680x1050
142.7 
111.4 
94.1 
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850 @ 16x9 / @ 19x10
107.4 
79.2 
57.5 

Video Playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
113 

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Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M; HDD No. 1: 64GB, Toshiba SSD / HDD No. 2: 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Gateway P-7808u
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus W90VP-X1
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600; 6GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Dual ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Malibal Veda Clevo M980NU
Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9300; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; (2) 512MB SLI Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M; (Nvidia Stripe) 250GB 5,400rpm / 80GB solid-state hard drive

iBuyPower M865TU
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9800; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Alienware M17x
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit; 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9300; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; (2) 512MB SLI Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M; (2) 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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    Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850

    Part Number: PQX33U-00L00H Released: Oct 22, 2009
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Oct 22, 2009
    • Installed Size 6 GB
    • CPU Intel Core i7 720QM / 1.6 GHz
    • Resolution 1680 x 945
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Color fusion finish in omega black
    • Weight 10.1 lbs
    • Optical Drive BD-RE
    • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
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