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Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q review: Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q

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The Good Powerful components; Full HD screen; Glasses-free 3D will appeal to some.

The Bad 3D system is far from perfect; Poor battery life; Uninspiring keyboard design.

The Bottom Line The 15.6-inch Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q is a bold-looking laptop with some powerful components. Its glasses-free 3D system is certainly interesting, but it's definitely not ready for the prime time just yet.

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At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q is just like any other laptop. It has a 15.6-inch screen, a flashy design and packs some decent components under the hood. This machine has an ace up its sleeve though -- it can show all your 3D content without you needing to wear silly glasses.

The F750-10Q can be yours now for £1,299.

Design and build quality

The F750-10Q seems to have borrowed its looks from Acer's Ferrari-branded laptops. The outside shell is a deep red with a wavy, perforated effect. It makes quite a statement and will certainly help the F750-10Q to stand out against the plethora of black laptops clogging up meeting rooms. Whether you actually like it or not depends on how you feel about bold, red things. If you're big into all things rouge then the F750-10Q will definitely float your proverbial.

The plastic shell didn't offer much flex under our Hulk-like poking, nor did it give off too many creaks when we opened and closed the lid. This all makes the F750-10Q feel like a generally well-constructed machine.

The keys on the F750-10Q aren't the isolated type we like so much, which in itself isn't much of a problem -- they're pleasingly wide and comfortable to type on -- but it's certainly not the most attractive keyboard we've seen.

Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q angled front view
The keyboard is comfortable to type on but by no means the best we've seen.

The trackpad can be found left of centre. It's smaller than we'd like to see on a machine on this size, which isn't great if you regularly find yourself scrolling through long documents. It doesn't support multi-touch input either so there's no two-finger scrolling or pinch-to-zoom. It has a rough finish though that makes it easy to slide your finger around. Above sits a little button that allows you to disable the trackpad if you often accidentally move the cursor while typing.

Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q trackpad
The trackpad could be bigger for a laptop this size and it doesn't support multi-touch either.

The plastic on the wrist-rest has been given a carbon fibre effect which, together with the deep red lid, feels very butch.

Measuring 380x38x254mm, and weighing 2.9kg, the F750-10Q isn't the most backpack-friendly machine around -- better to leave it securely at your desk, rather than risk a hernia.

Audio specialist Harman Kardon has provided the speakers, so we were hoping for some ear-splitting noise. The sound -- and volume -- is definitely an improvement over the pitiful efforts we usually hear from laptops but it lacks the warmth you'd find with a dedicated subwoofer. If music is on your agenda, you'll really need a proper set of speakers or some good headphones.

Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q angled front view
The Harman Kardon-powered audio is a step above most laptops' sound quality.

Glasses-free 3D

Everyone needs a party piece. For us, it's swallowing loose change. For the F750-10Q, it's displaying 3D content without requiring you to wear any ridiculous specs.

Rather than using active-shutter glasses like normal 3D laptops, which show different images to your left and right eyes to achieve a 3D effect, the F750-10Q tracks your eyes' position using the webcam, and then sends two different images to each eyeball simultaneously. It's also capable of displaying 2D content at the same time as 3D. This means you can be working on a normal document and have a 3D video open in a separate window.

Although you don't need to put glasses on when you want to watch 3D material, the eye-tracking system means that only one person can see the 3D effect at a time, so don't get your mates around for a 3D film fest. You also have to maintain a fairly fixed position in front of the laptop. The webcam will track slight movements of your bonce, but don't try lying down comfortably to watch a film or you may see a distorted image.

Toshiba Qosmio F750-10Q back view
You'll be seeing red if you use the F750-10Q -- or rather your colleagues around the boardroom will be.

When we were sat correctly, the demo material we saw delivered a decent 3D picture -- decent, but not fantastic. There was still a noticeable double image at times as the camera fought to get a lock on our faces.

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