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Toshiba Qosmio X500 review: Toshiba Qosmio X500

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The Good Speedy processor; impressive graphics performance; Blu-ray drive included; great screen.

The Bad Horrible styling; huge power supply.

The Bottom Line The configuration of the Toshiba Qosmio X500 that we reviewed, the X500-116, packs a powerful punch in terms of features and performance. That goes some way towards making up for its huge size and unappealing colour scheme, but we also think it's slightly too expensive

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Toshiba's Qosmio range aims to pack all the fun of a desktop PC into a laptop chassis. The machines in the Qosmio X500 series offer a huge 18.4-inch screen, a muscular Intel Core i7-720QM processor and a speedy 3D graphics chip. Obtaining all this power will cost a fair amount of your hard-earned cash, however. The configuration we review here, the X500-116, costs around £1,700.

Elephantiasis of the laptop
Weighing in at a back-breaking 4.6kg and packing a humungous, 18.4-inch display, the X500 is a real beast of a laptop, and one you're certainly not going to want to lug around too much. Even its power supply is the size of a small house. But this is partly the point of the X500 -- it's meant to cram a desktop computer into a laptop form factor. When it's not in use, you can just close the lid and store it in a drawer or on a shelf.

It's not just this laptop's size that makes it far from inconspicuous -- the loud red and black colour scheme also makes it hard to miss. We find the styling far too showy. It reminds us of the cheap boomboxes found in teenagers' bedrooms in the '80s.

We find the X500's colour scheme unappealing, but you might beg to differ

Nevertheless, the laptop's full-sized keyboard makes it quick and easy to rattle off long emails, and it comes complete with a separate numerical keypad. There are also backlit media-playback controls on the left-hand side, and you'll find a fingerprint reader nestled between the two buttons on the big, smooth trackpad.

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