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Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78Sure, you don't need a $1900 17-inch 3D laptop--but if you're dreaming of a big machine with tons of memory, speed, graphics, and bells and whistles galore, check out Toshiba's latest top-of-the-line 3D Qosmio.
-Hi. I'm Scott Stein, senior editor at CNET.com and this is the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78. Fancy yourself with 3D laptop? Well, this is one of them. It comes with NVIDIA 3D vision and these NVIDIA 3D glasses. Now, whether or not you're interested in a 3D laptop, the technology is out there to play games and 3D Blu-ray movies in a lot of the high-end models that we've been seeing. This is one of them Toshiba's Qosmio line has always been about high-end multimedia and it got a facelift in the past lineup. It used to have an 18-inch display and it went down to a 17.3-inch, the desktop replacement really and you're gonna want to have this thing parked on your desk. Now are you interested in a laptop that it's this large and this well-featured and might we say this expensive? It costs 1900 dollars in this configuration. Well it depends and if you really want desktop high-end features packed into a laptop even if you're gonna sacrifice some portability, and you do with this. You get fantastic specs. I mean you got a Quad Core i7 processor, 2nd-generation. You got 8 gigs of RAM, a collected 1.25 terrabytes of hard drive storage on 2 different hard drives, the 500 gig and the 750 gig. And it has really high-end NVIDIA GT 560M graphics that are in here, GeForce graphics that are step above. We've seen even on other equivalent 17-inchers and again it's got 3D vision built in that uses an emitter on here and connects to the glasses for 3D content and it also has a Blu-ray drive that also writes Blu-rays. So that's a big package of collected value in here but you're gonna be paying pretty steeply for it. The 3D worked really nicely. I mean 3D vision if you're never used it before works a lot like the effect that you'd see in a movie theatre with active shutter glasses, and the depth and pop-out effects are pretty nice especially in games and the advantage is that with this technology you don't have to purchase any specific games. Most mainstream games already have that data encoded in them and they'll just start playing in 3D once you set 3D on on the laptop. 3D Blu-rays played well, but with both games and Blu-rays we did notice a tiny bit of stutter and slow-down compared to the non-3D version. But generally it still looked nice and the question is if you don't wanna spend that much money for 3D, you can get a Qosmio for 300 dollars less than this version that has all the same specs except for the 3D capability. So you are basically paying about 300 dollars for the 3D. You're getting this glasses which costs over 100 dollars normally so there's a value in that. You're gonna have to weigh that out. It really is sort of a high-end bell and whistle, kind of a fun novelty that does work as advertised but probably most people want one to get into it. But if you want a laptop that does everything, has a gigantic screen, has gaming capabilities, and also has really nice multimedia and Blu-ray playback check this one out. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78.