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Toshiba Qosmio X75 A7298: A desktop replacement that won't break the bank--or your back

Michael Brown | Sept. 24, 2013
This notebook can do it all, including driving a 4K monitor.

The size of the display allows Toshiba to provide adequate space between the keys and to include an embedded numeric keypad, but it's unfortunate that the arrow keys beneath the Enter key (and the function keys at the very top) have been rendered half-size.

There's an extra-wide (4.5-inch) wrist rest beneath the keyboard, which allowed Toshiba to place a large (4.5 inches wide by 3.1 inches tall) and very responsive multi-touch keypad in this area. A large speaker grille resides above the keyboard, directly under the display. The Qosmio's audio system, designed with the assistance of DTS and Harman/Kardon, is excellent: The speakers deliver crisp highs and deep, well-defined bass response.

The Qosmio has plenty of real estate to harbor ports, and Toshiba took full advantage, placing two USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit ethernet port next to the Blu-ray burner on the left side. Two more USB 3.0 ports, separate mic and headphone jacks, VGA, and HDMI out occupy the right side, and a multi-format media-card reader resides in front. I was disappointed, however, to see Toshiba give short shrift to wireless networking: A $1900 laptop deserves better than a single-band (2.4GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter.

I was surprised at how quietly the Qosmio ran, considering all the high-performance hardware stuffed inside it. Less surprising is the brief battery life, though 2 hours and 22 minutes is more than enough time to watch a full-length movie (not that this behemoth would fit on any airline tray table). This computer can do it all and anywhere, so it's a great choice for a desktop replacement.


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