Toshiba Qosmio X500-148 reviews and prices: 18.4" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop scores high on performance. - It scores poorly on size and weight.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 27 reviews.
Toshiba Qosmio X500-148 with Intel Core i7 i7-720QM 1.73 GHz Quad Core Processor, 8GB of Memory and 640GB Storage on Windows 7 Home Premium. DVD drive, 3 hours of battery See full product description
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Kev, Stockport Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This lap-top is extremely fast, partly down to its massive 8GB of memory with separate graphics memory. I have always been a fan of Toshiba lap-tops, but the Qosmio is on a whole new and powerful level. I would definitely recommend this lap-top to anyone who is wanting a fast and reliable computer.
Bad points:
The operating system ... Windows 7 is not really any better than Windows Vista and in my opinion neither are as good as Windows 2000/XP, why Microsoft feel they needed to tinker with a successful system by designing something worse I haven't yet got to grips with.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Oct 2010

Frank, Frome, Somerset Music, gaming or video fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Size of screen, large [2nd] D: hard drive, 640Gb with 596 GB available, number of ports - there can always be more needed - and added bonus bits such as fingerprint and/or face recognition. 8Gb memory and the speed in completing some tasks.

Probably lots more good points but have had little time to enjoy due to having to restore 3 times to factory settings and re-install as well as "transfer" folders and files across from another couple of XP computers.

Would recommend this laptop but there are some poor design faults you have to learn to put up with but I've had to do that with previous computers in the past.
Bad points:
The quite SMALL at 64 Gb [59.2 available] SSD "C" drive... VERY restricting when setting up from scratch and using Win7 File Transfer of content from any other computer.
As most programs install to "C" by default this is where the W7 Transfer Wiz copies to - MS should have given options for selecting another drive to install/transfer to - couldn't locate such if it is there.

That said, Toshiba SHOULD program the X500 to bring up the FOLDER MIGRATION UTILITY it provides so that you don't have to do the transfer of folders bit by bit because of the restrictive size of the SSD. This utility only came up after I'd done some jigging about to copy files to the larger "D" drive - "E" being the BD optical drive. Toshiba could make this information known IN the first pages of the user manual OR on the first bootup screens when you start - - - who really wants to read the manual when they get a new "toy" to play with?

Couple of other small poorly design points are the location of the extremely SMALL "DEL" key - sandwiched under the "INS" key next to the NUM LOCK light - - - why oh why don't manufacturers make the number pads available without having to "LOCK" the numbers pad "ON"? Another DEL key is avaiable on the NUM PAD but it is a dual key in also being the decimal point key - so this DEL is not available when the NUM PAD is locked.

Location of optical drive - on lefthand side - + the small and hard to locate "eject" button... easier to use the mini menu by selecting the drive and then "eject"
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Dec 2010

Simon, London General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very fast gaming Laptop
Well built and full of features.
Fantastic laptop
Bad points:
The SSD drive could be larger only 64Gb. Just remember to install your programs on the extra 600Gb hard drive and not the SSD drive.
It is a big and heavy laptop but what can you expect from a super gaming machine.
Sits somewhere between a Laptop and a desktop
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 3.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Dec 2010

Royston, Cheltenham General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great design.
Good keyboard
Quiet
Fast
Bad points:
Reflective screen
Short battery life
Left hand touch keys irritating
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2010

Kevin, Gateshead General home user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Design not to everyone's taste, but I quite like it, looks better than web pictures of it would suggest. Powerful processor and lots of system memory - Windows experience rating 6.8. SSD Drive and Blu-ray re-writer included. Large screen with big desktop and great for watching Blu-ray movies. Good Illuminated keyboard. Fingerprint reader. Harmon Kardon Speakers are great. Excellent and very efficient large "Brick" power supply, can easily handle the power requirements of this beast and never gets even slightly warm.
Bad points:
Lots of unwanted Toshiba software, difficult to unravel what' s needed and to uninstall it. Windows 7 Home Premium installed instead of Professional or Ultimate. No infrared port: Port and Remote only supplied with TV Tuner models, this is fair enough for the remote, but it would be nice if the port was included.) Quite heavy, but this is definitely a desktop replacement. Too easy to accidentally hit the media console buttons (next to keyboard) and I have not found a way to temporarily disable this console - a function key for this purpose would be good.
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Sep 2010

Matt, Aberdeen Music, gaming or video fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Plays games like Dawn of War2 & Command and Conquer smoothly even in high settings
Boots up and shuts down quickly
Nice backlit keyboard
Great screen for watching blurays
Great amount of USB ports
Bad points:
Audio is not too great, but what do you expect from laptop speakers? There's popping in the backtrack whilst playing Dawn of War 2 - not too noticeable
Fusion finish does attract fingerprints, but looks nice if you keep the surfaces clean
Loud beeping noises made when using the media buttons on the left of the keyboard
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Dec 2010

Rodney, Price Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent performance
Bad points:
The cooling fan sounds like it is a food mixer
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 18.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 8
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 640
Number of cores Quad
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core i7
Processor number i7-720QM
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 1.73
Number of USB ports 4
Connections Firewire
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Battery life (Hours) 3
Weight (kg) 4.6
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GeForce GTS 360M
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 1024
Remote control No

Also known as: Qosmio X500-148

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Manufacturer's Description

Premium gaming power and performance. The Qosmio X500 is designed for gaming, high definition entertainment and high performance computing. It offers powerful Intel quad core processors combined with nVIDIA graphics for an outstanding gaming experience. The Qosmio X500 has a glossy black chassis with Toshiba’s fusion grid design featuring a red chrome trim, illuminated backlit keyboard and LED feather touch controls. The Qosmio X500 is designed to show its premium home computing and gaming credentials. An 18.4" Full HD display, Harman Kardon speakers and Blu-ray playback and recording complete the picture.


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