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Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 3D Laptop review: Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 3D Laptop

An included 8GB of RAM and a beefy collected 1.25TB of storage space spread across two hard drives--one 500GB and 7,200rpm, the other 750GB and 5,400rpm--should be more than necessary for nearly anyone. Toshiba's only 3D Qosmio comes in a fixed configuration at $1,899, significantly higher than the nearest model, a similarly equipped but 3D-lacking Qosmio X770-ST4N04 for $1,599. You're essentially paying $300 for 3D. Again, some might find that price for 3D, albeit with glasses, too much to pay.

We can't complain about the processing power. A quad-core 2.0GHz Core i7-2630M processor matches what we saw on other similarly large and expensive laptops such as the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G-9600 and Dell XPS L702X. Multitasking is a particular strong suit, and we had no problems running any programs we desired. The Acer Aspire Ethos and Dell XPS performed similarly to the Qosmio, fluctuating slightly in one benchmark category or another. We'd call all three laptops pretty similar under the hood, except in terms of graphics.

This Qosmio comes with Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics, a step up from the GeForce GT 555M graphics on the Ethos and XPS 17. All other things being equal, hard-core gamers should consider this Qosmio first. Street Fighter IV played back at 59.5 frames per second at 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution with graphics settings set to medium. Metro 2033, a more demanding game, ran at 23.5fps in native 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution with graphics settings at high and 4x antialiasing, and a playable 37.6fps at 1,366x768. Gaming in 3D looked impressive, but be forewarned that 3D games take a modest hit on overall frame rate. Metro 2033's frame rate in native resolution and 3D dropped to 16.4fps, and 19.6fps at 1,366x768. Games still look very good, but there's a compromise.

Juice box
Toshiba Qosmio X775 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 1.18
Sleep (10 percent) 12.93
Idle (25 percent) 70.37
Load (5 percent) 60.17
Raw kWh 6.83
Annual energy cost $1.18

Annual power consumption cost

We wouldn't expect good battery life out of a laptop this large, and we were right. The Qosmio X775's included eight-cell battery lasted 1 hour and 54 minutes playing back continuous video before needing a recharge. Still, most people aren't likely to use a laptop this large very far away from a power outlet.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a customized support search page can direct you to online documents and driver downloads for this specific model.

It's the rare person who's looking for a high-end, large-screened gaming/multimedia laptop over $1,000 that's 3D-enabled. For the $1,899 cost of the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78, you might better off buying a 3D all-in-one desktop PC and a small cheap laptop instead. However, if you are that rare customer, rest assured that this Qosmio is one of the most impressive packages of specs and performance we've seen all year.

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Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M; HDD #1 - 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm + HDD #2: 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell XPS 17 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730; 500GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.73GHz Intel Core i7-740QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 350M; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Envy 17 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850; 640GB Samsung 7,200rpm

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