Toshiba Qosmio X75 review: Great performance proves looks aren't everything

While I'm being a bit tough on the X75's design and lack of a touch screen, no one will have any problem with the system's performance. With a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ Haswell-generation processor, plus 16GB of RAM, the new Qosmio gave us a nice performance boost over the X875 model. Even heavy-duty Photoshop use, video editing, or gaming won't give the X75 much of a problem.

Speaking of gaming, with a current-gen Nvidia GeForce 770M graphics card, this is a better pure gaming rig than, for example, the even-more-expensive Razer Blade 14 , although that ambitious 14-inch laptop is much thinner and lighter. A massive gaming desktop like the Falcon Northwest FragBox will mop the floor with it, but in terms of laptops, it's hard to do better, and we ran BioShock Infinite at 1,920x1,080 resolution and very high detail settings and got 29.9 frames per second.

The nice thing is, even if you trade down to the $1,199 version of the X75, you still get the same CPU/GPU combo, although the smaller amount of RAM and slower hard drive can affect performance.

One of the biggest advantages of Intel's new Haswell chips in laptops has been amazing battery life. But apparently, not always. The X75 barely benefited over the previous, non-Haswell model, running for 1 hour and 45 minutes in our video playback battery drain test, only a few minutes longer than the older X875. The Razer Blade ran for more than 7 hours in the same test.

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Conclusion
Toshiba offers a very compelling set of components in the new Qosmio X75, and even better, gives you configurations from $1,199 to $1,999 that should fit any reasonable gaming laptop budget.

The design is still stuck in the past, painfully so, and the lack of a touch screen will have you reaching for your old Windows 7 install discs. But even with all these annoyances, if I had to pick up a serious gaming laptop without breaking the bank, the X75 would be high on my list.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Multimedia multitasking test, iTunes and HandBrake (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298
178 

BioShock Infinite (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298
29.91 

Metro: Last Light (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298
14.67 
Razer Blade 14
11.33 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations

Toshiba Qosimio X75-A7298
Windows 8 (64-bit); Intel Core i7-4700MQ; 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 770; 256GB SSD + 1TB HD 7,200rpm

Razer Blade 14
Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ; 8,192MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 2GB (Dedicated) Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M; 256GB SSD

Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390
Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM; 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 3,072MB (Dedicated) HDD No. 1: 1TB Hybrid Toshiba 5,400rpm, HDD No. 2: 1TB 5,400rpm Toshiba

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch w/Retina Display (June 2012)
OS X 10.7.4 Lion; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M + 512MB Intel HD 4000; 256GB Apple SSD

Falcon Northwest FragBox v3 (Overclocked)
Windows 8 (64-bit); 4.5GHz Intel Core i7-4770K; 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,800MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780; (2) 960GB SSD RAID 0

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Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298

Part Number: PSPLTU-017016

MSRP: $1,899.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
  • Operating System Windows 8
  • Installed Size 16 GB
  • Color black widow styling in textured aluminum, black keyboard
  • Weight 7.6 lbs
  • Optical Drive BD-RE
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M - 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
  • CPU Intel Core i7 (4th Gen) 4700MQ / 2.4 GHz
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