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

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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