Toshiba Qosmio x500-11g

Toshiba's Qosmio marvel is a rig for the enthusiast and will eat anything that you throw at it. Fired up in 'precious black' and red it is also the most stylish desktop replacement around

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Toshiba Qosmio x500-11g The Toshiba Qosmio makes a powerful statement in shiny black and Red
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  November 4, 2010

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Key Specs

Display adapter: nVidia GeForce GTS 360M
Display screen: 18.4-inch
Internal storage: 500GB x2
Memory: 8GB DDR3
Motherboard: Intel PM55

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Finished in what Toshiba describes as ‘precious black' with some tasteful red accents the Qosmio X500-11G makes a very strong style statement.

Moving beyond its finish the machine makes no apologies for what it is; with a weight of 4.86kg the X500-11G is a desktop replacement in every sense. It is 800g heavier that the second heaviest machine in this grouptest (HP's Pavilion dv8-1190ee), so unless you're built like a tank, forget about lugging this machine around for extended periods of time.

Once you get past the Toshiba's size and weight however there's plenty to celebrate. The X500 packs a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a nVidia GeForce GTS 360M GPU with 1GB of memory. These impressive parts give the machine serious punch.

Running our Street Fighter IV and World in Conflict benchmarks at the LCD's native 1920 x 1080 pixels the machine spat out framerates of 90fps and 30fps respectively. These scores make the Toshiba the only desktop replacement notebook here to manage playable framerates in both of our benchmarks without reducing graphics quality.            

And, thanks to the Core i7 Q720 processor the Toshiba also returned very strong application numbers. That said they weren't the highest owing to the
fact that the Asus and Fujitsu notebooks feature newer, faster Intel TurboBoost enabled Core i7 dual-core processors.

Verdict:  If you want a fully-fledged desktop replacement that packs serious performance and features the Qosmio X500-11G is for you.

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