Toshiba Qosmio DX730 review: Toshiba Qosmio DX730

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Vivid 1080p screen; Blu-ray drive; decent performance.

The Bad A little pricey; Touchscreen isn't particularly accurate.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba Qosmio DX730 won't win any beauty awards, but it's no dog either. Its bright, Full HD screen, Blu-ray drive and decent performance make it a good option for movie-lovers.

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All-in-one PCs don't typically come with the super-charged components you'd find in similarly priced desktops, so they won't be to everyone's taste, but their lack of a separate tower makes them a great choice for areas where space is more of an issue.

The Toshiba DX730 offers a Full HD 23-inch screen and a Blu-ray drive, making it instantly appealing to film fans. The top of the line model we tested is running on an Intel Core i5 processor and 6GB of RAM, for which you'll be required to shell out around £850, although less powerful versions are available.

Design and build quality

Many all-in-ones come out of their packaging looking very much like a standard PC monitor that you wouldn't dream of putting pride of place in your living room. The DX730, though, is more reminiscent of a real TV. Not a beautiful TV like some of LG's new models, admittedly -- more like a cheap TV from the early 2000s.

You probably won't want to make a big song and dance about it whenever anyone comes round, but you won't feel you have to hide it away in a dusty old study either. The surround is entirely black plastic -- pretty much par for the course -- but the three-point base looks sleek enough to be considered attractive.

Toshiba Qosmio DX730 side
It might not be as slim as this year's best TVs, but it's pretty impressive that there's a PC in there too.

With a 23-inch display, it's hardly small, so don't expect it to sit quietly out of the way, but it's a good size to act as a secondary screen in your living room, and it's ideal as a media machine in a student's bedroom.

The casing feels sturdy and doesn't offer much in the way of the creaks and clicks that betray cheap construction. The whole things sits firmly on the base, so as long as you put it on a rigid table or desk you needn't worry about it toppling over, spilling your tea everywhere.

There's not much to see on the front, except for the webcam at the top, but on the sides you'll find two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port for hooking up your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, an SD card reader, Ethernet out and headphone and microphone jacks.

You also get a Blu-ray player, which is a particularly handy addition if you intend to use the DX730 as a media machine. On the same score, a very generous 2TB hard drive is plenty of room for all the TV shows, movies, photos and music you could want.

A wireless keyboard and mouse are also included to let you get straight on with your work. Neither are exactly what I'd call premium, and if I was going to live with the DX730 for a while, I'd upgrade to something more luxurious. They're inoffensive enough though, and fine if they'll only be on show when you've got work to do.

Screen

If you're going to be using the DX730 for watching films, you're going to want a screen that can display your videos at their best. Luckily then, it's rather good.

With a full 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, it's perfectly capable of playing back your high-definition Blu-ray discs. Standard definition content still looked crisp and sharp. My copy of Alice in Wonderland (the one with Johnny Depp in it) on Blu-ray looked particularly good, which only added to the overall creepiness of the film.

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Where to Buy

Toshiba Qosmio DX730

Part Number: CNETToshiba Qosmio DX730

Typical Price: £850.00

See manufacturer website for availability.