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We use the program Battery Eater for testing the runtime on the PA5036U-1BRS battery provided with the laptop. In order to test the best possible runtime, we use Readers Profile. Here, the Qosmio X870 achieves a run time of 2 hours and 13 minutes. This result is roughly the same as indicated by Toshiba on the product page. It speaks of 2 hours under normal conditions. The other two models of this series last for 4 hours. One reason for the better run time would be Nvidia Optimus. Optimus is missing on the X870-119. Accordingly, the other tested run times fall short.
In our WLAN test, which comes closest to real life usage, the notebook did not even manage to stay on for 1 hour. The run time was about 52 minutes. Anybody who wants to see a DVD or Blu-Ray movie while traveling will be disappointed: After 78 minutes the lights go off, and most movies won’t be finished. Under load, the PA5036U-1BRS battery is able to hold out for 33 minutes.
Toshiba today unveiled its newly honed range of consumer laptops. But, in amongst the troop of affordable 13in, 15in and 17in models, there lay something far more exciting – its latest 17.3in gaming laptop, the Qosmio X870.
Even set against the multi-coloured bevy of Satellite laptops, the Qosmio X870 had no trouble seizing attention. Finished in a combination of dark greys, black and edged in a glossy blood-red, this 17.3in portable is relatively understated by gaming laptop standards. Fire it up, however, and a few touches help it to stand our from the crowd – with a keyboard backlit in striking red, and another gleaming red logo set adrift on the lid, the X870 is keen to differentiate itself from the average home laptop.We like the red frame a lot, as well as the illuminated Qosmio logo on the lid which makes the laptop look nice. The surface is, for the most part, made out of aluminum, making the notebook pleasant to grip. You need some time to get used to the dotted surface of the laptop lid and thanks to this you can largely avoid fingerprints on the surface. (3S4400-S1S5-07 batteries)
Even when opened, the X870 scores high in terms of stability. The palm rests and the area above the keyboard don’t yield under pressure. However the keyboard does yield in the number pad area when pressure is applied. In other areas of the keyboard, the yielding is negligible.
The large display is held securely in place by two hinges. Even though they are set firm, they allow for the comfortable opening of the notebook with one hand. The display can be twisted with moderate effort, and some minor image errors become visible.
Even though the Toshiba Qosmio X870 does not provide plenty of connectivity options for its size, most users will be more than satisfied with four USB 3.0 ports. The newer USB 3.0 standard is a very welcome addition that can helps in high speed data transfer of very large files when compared to the older USB 2.0 standard. The other ports available are standard for such a system and there are no alternative data transfer ports like Thunderbolt or eSATA present. Something to note is the presence of the Bluray drive on the left side of the laptop rather than on the right where most other laptops have their drives. This has meant the shifting of the vents to the right side and annoying placed right where the right-handed user would place is/her hands when using a mouse.
The Toshiba Qosmio X870 comes with a chicklet-style keyboard. Each key has a dimension of 14 mm x 14 mm and should be big enough for most users. The gap between the keys is 4 mm. The typing noise is pleasant and is neither too loud nor too soft. In our opinion, the key stroke could have been better defined and more responsive. During the test it was quite usual that some letters were skipped as the keys wouldn’t register the tap. Key travel is decent and is suitable for a gaming notebook. As befitting a notebook directed at the premium segment, the Qosmio has a back-lit keyboard allowing gaming and productivity in the dark. The illumination is in red and cannot be varied.
Toshiba has avoided the implementation of keys for special functions normally associated with a gaming device. It has simplified matters by providing a single key to activate or deactivate the 3D functionality of the display. The only other key is the power button on the right side.
The touchpad of the X870 is not as pleasing as the keyboard. Although it’s pretty big considering its width of 122 millimeters and a height of 80 millimeters (diagonal is approximately 130 millimeters), the mouse buttons were found wanting. The buttons are integrated into the surface to form a clickpad and the disturbing part was the movement of the entire clickpad assembly when the surface was depressed to register a click. Other than this issue, the touchpad performed adequately. The surface is pleasant, and pointer accuracy was found to be good. The tactile feedback is good and the clicking response is satisfactory
Toshiba Qosmio X870 series comes with two different types of displays. The cheaper non-3D models come with a 1600×900 resolution HD+ screen while the high-end 3D display comes with the superior Full-HD 1920×1080 display. For this reason, the notebook is accompanied by 3D glasses from Nvidia. Another feature that Toshiba offers is the dual camera setup that allows the user to capture stereoscopic images that can be played back as a 3D movie by the built in software. It is left to the user to decide the usefulness of this feature.
The Qosmio X870 did well in the display brightness tests. The maximum brightness of the display was 370 cd/m2 and the average was found to be around 334.5 cd/m2. Unfortunately, the drop in brightness from the lower edge of the screen towards the upper edge is pretty big. The brightness decreases from a maximum of 370 cd/m2 to 292 cd/m2 which is pretty noticeable when viewing dark scenes and pictures. This resulted in a poor illumination of just 77%.
On the other hand, the black level is really good at 0.41 cd/m2. Blacks in pictures, movies and games look black and not gray. As a result of the low black level and good maximum brightness, the contrast ratio amounts to a considerable 821:1. The fact that Toshiba does not automatically throttle the brightness when running only on battery speaks in favor of the display. (TOSHIBA PA3904U-1BRS batteries)
The display also does well when it comes to color representation. It can almost fully reproduce the sRGB spectrum, and only in regards to the AdobeRGB spectrum are there noticeable differences. This should not, however, be an issue for the gamer as these comparisons are extremely important to a professional graphic designer.
In outdoor operation, the Qosmio X870 still scores high despite the reflective display surface. Responsible for this is the good contrast and the high brightness of the display. However, the display cannot be viewed in direct sunlight.
In regards to viewing angels, the Toshiba display does perform well. If you look head on at the display, there won’t be any issues. You can also comfortably sit with several people around the notebook and watch a movie. However, you can only do it in 2D. In 3D mode you will need to sit right in front of the notebook and at the right distance. In addition, every viewer will need appropriate glasses. In 2D mode, the display can be tilted without compromising the image. Eventually, at some point color inversion will take place on the Qosmio X870.
Nvidia 3D Vision
The premium model of the Qosmio series has a 3D capable display (120 Hz) which we have, of course, tested extensively. People interested in the 3D experience will be delighted with the display performance. The display does generate the 3D effect pretty well with the help of the shutter glasses. Although the seen image loses some of its brightness due to the glasses, this loss can be compensated, thanks to the high brightness values of the display.
Also games can be played in 3D. Some games provide an excellent experience thanks to the 3D functionality while others should be played without the effect. For instance, Diablo 3 is especially fun to play with 3D glasses. Everything looks more realistic and the names of the characters as well as the description of the items “reach out” to the viewer. Gamers who want maximum performance will push the Qosmio to its limits. More details will be available in the subsequent sections.
The speakers are alright, but can’t compete with those in top systems. They perform better towards their middle volume levels; however, the sound becomes slightly less defined the higher the volume is set. Unfortunately, the bass is missing completely. Nevertheless, movies can be comfortably played back on the notebook, and you can also confidently enjoy games without using headphones. (TOSHIBA PA3928U-1BRS batteries)
Toshiba offers the customer the Qosmio X870-119 which is a potent gaming and multimedia notebook. The built-in hardware provides sufficient performance to play the latest games at high details and resolution. But you do have several issues with this laptop.
First, you have the selling price of the notebook: Toshiba prices the gaming machine over 2000 Euro which is not little money. In addition, the Qosmio X870 feels itself comfortable next to a power outlet. Without external power supply, the notebook runs out of power pretty quickly.
Interesting features are, of course, the 3D glasses from Nvidia and the possibility to play games in 3D. Despite that, many games don’t exploit the 3D potential sufficiently. Furthermore, select movies can also be seen in 3D. For the 3D effect, you require expensive displays and you can tell that Toshiba has made effort to offer a good display. The built-in panel impressed us.
The input devices were up to our standards for the most part. The keyboard is very useful and appropriate for gaming. The touchpad did disappoint us, but someone who is essentially a gamer will take advantage of a proper mouse.
The lack of Nvidia Optimus in our high end version of Toshiba’s Qosmio X870 is seen to a disadvantage. With Optimus, the notebook would have probably been quieter and cooler for office use and lasted much longer than the run times that were recorded.
Altogether, the Qosmio X870 certainly has its charms, but the laptop is too expensive for the features it offers. Whether the 3D display is worth the premium over the two smaller models should be evaluated by the buyer. The cheapest version of the X870 is already available for 1599 Euro, and the expected performance shouldn’t be much below our expensive top model, due to the same CPU and GPU in both models.
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