First Look: Strong gaming contender, but do we still need 3D?
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First Look: Strong gaming contender, but do we still need 3D?

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We have yet to see a truly great gaming laptop built from the ground up with Windows 8 in mind, but the 17-inch Toshiba Qosmio X875 can be configured into a powerful, reasonably priced mainstream gaming machine.

I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Toshiba Qosmio X875. This is one of the only new Windows 8 17-inch gaming laptop that we've seen and like the handful of other examples of this desktop replacement with discreet graphics category that we've looked at in the post Windows 8 era. It doesn't really feel like it's made for Windows 8 because it does not have a touchscreen like pretty much every other Windows 8 laptop so far. Now for gaming, you certainly don't really need one. You probably gonna spend most of your time using Steam or another system like that-- maybe having a gamepad plugged in or at least using a mouse and basically going through the old, non Windows 8 UI desktop that [unk] the rest of the time when you're not gaming-- that not having the touchscreen kinda makes it harder to navigate around this tile-based Windows 8 UI. You spend a lot of time kinda trying to swipe off the side of the touchpad like that. Now, Toshiba makes one of the only kinda mainstream, super high-end 17-inch gaming laptops out there. They made this Qosmio system for many years. This latest version has NVIDIA G4670 and graphics card, a quad-core full voltage not low voltage core i7 processor and it comes in a bunch of different configurations. This is kind of a high end one about $1,800, and what you're paying for with that is a blu-ray recordable drive which you don't' see very often, a 3D system with NVIDIA's 3D vision. They get a 3D glasses with it-- not that you're likely to watch that many 3D blu-rays or play 3D games on it and a hybrid hard drive that's 1 terabyte hard drive. Actually, there's 2 one terabyte hard drives and SSD cache. You can actually dial one of those settings back and get the base model of this system which has the same graphics card and the same CPU, but none of the other bells and whistles for about 1,199. That's actually a pretty reasonable deal if you want something that can do really well playing games but isn't gonna cost a fortune. Now, of course, with any desktop replacement laptop from the gaming side of things, the components are very up to date and we've seen this not just from Toshiba but Alienware and other companies. The design-- it's a little dorm room chic. There's like red chrome highlights. It's big and thick and boxy. It doesn't have that sort of a static minimalism that you find in other even very high powered laptops that's kind of the trade-off I think we need to make right now until somebody comes up with a really great looking Windows 8 gaming laptop with of course a touchscreen. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the Toshiba Qosmio X875.

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