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Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q898 18.4-Inch Laptop (Fusion Finish in Omega Black)

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  • Intel Core i7-740QM Processor 1.73 GHz (2.93 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology), 6MB L3 Cache
  • Configured with 6GB DDR3 1066MHz (max 8GB) 2 main memory slots. Both slots occupied.
  • 64GB Serial ATA solid state drive and a 500GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive with TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor (3D sensor), Blu-ray Disc ROM and DVD SuperMulti drive with Labelflash supporting 12 formats
  • 18.4" diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT LCD display at 1920 x 1080 native resolution (FHD) with Native support for 1080p content at a 16:9 aspect ratio, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB GDDR5 discrete graphics
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with a 12 cell/48Wh Lithium Ion battery pack; Battery Life (measured by MobileMark 2007): 3 hours, 47 minutes
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Product Description

Get the extreme performance you crave-without the extreme price. Our award-winning Qosmio X505 laptop delivers powerhouse mobile performance with blazing-fast 3D graphics, the latest in multi-core processor technologies and a high-def sound system-all wrapped up in a sophisticated Fusion Finish design. Speed your way through the most complex tasks with a powerful combination of breakthrough processor technologies, including the newest Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processors, plus the graphics muscle of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M.3 Up to 8GB of ultrafast DDR3 memory and 1.5 GB of GDDR5 discrete graphics memory give you more bandwidth to do, create and enjoy, while speedy 7200RPM or available solid state hard drives9 hold tons of media content. Savor luxurious sound with built-in harman/kardon speakers and Dolby Home Theater audio technology. Enjoy the latest in HD movies with a Blu-ray Disc player. Add def to your standard DVDs using Toshiba's exclusive Resolution+ DVD upconvert technology. Or simply plow through your day across a brilliant 18.4" diagonal HD TruBrite Full HD or HD+ widescreen display. The Qosmio X505 laptop has the power, performance and portability to do anything you can imagine-at a price you can afford.

Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q898: Hard-Core Gaming, Brilliant Graphics

Amplify your 3D gaming and video editing with incredibly fast frame rates with the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q898 gaming laptop, which features a stunning 18.4-inch display--with true 1080p high-def resolution--and the Intel Core i7 processor with four cores of intelligent processing power. Additionally, it offers ultra-fast DDR3 system memory and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics with 1.5 GB of GDDR5 video memory. Together, this pairing of high-performance technologies allow you to rip through the latest 3D games at lightning-fast frame-rates or create high-definition video and audio faster and more efficiently with smooth rendering and encoding.

Toshiba Qosmio X505
The Toshiba Qosmio X505 features a striking design on the outside and is packed with premium technologies on the inside (see larger image).

This Qosmio X505 complements the large 500 GB hard drive capacity with a 64 GB solid state drive, which offers lightning-fast access times to your games and even greater reliability.

Fusion Finish in Omega Black
Fusion Finish in Omega Black.

And with its Blu-ray Disc optical drive (read-only), you'll enjoy truly brilliant HD movies--on the go, or splashed across a home theater with this laptop's HDMI connection.

The Qosmio X505 features Toshiba's striking Fusion Finish in Omega Black with stylish red chrome accents and a comfortable full keyboard with LED Backlighting and numeric 10-key pad. An intuitive touchpad with multi-touch control enables greater flexibility to browse and control what's happening on-screen with gesture-commands--including two-finger pinch, swipe, rotate and scroll.

It also includes a 1.3 megapixel webcam with Face Recognition capabilities for added security. And if you're using one laptop for several users--say for the whole family or for a small business--Toshiba Face Recognition lets you switch profiles with one simple look.

This Qosmio comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version).

Key Features

  • 1080p high-definition 18.4-inch TruBrite display with 1920 x 1080 resolution for amazing color depth and clarity.
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    Toshiba Qosmio X505
    The stunning Fusion finish in Omega Black with stylish
    red chrome accents (see larger image).


    Toshiba Qosmio X505
    A comfortable full keyboard with LED Backlighting and
    numeric 10-key pad (see larger image).
  • 1.73 GHz Intel Core i7-740QM processor (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.93 GHz) delivers maximum processing power in response to peak demands. Intel's Turbo Boost technology maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload--providing more performance when you need it the most. It also comes equipped with Intel HD Graphics--an advanced video engine that delivers smooth, high-quality HD video playback, and advanced 3D capabilities, providing an ideal graphics solution for everyday computing.
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  • 64 GB Serial ATA solid state drive is free of moving parts and almost two times faster than conventional drives. You can load an entire game onto the solid state drive, then sit back and enjoy the fun with no gaps in the action.
  • 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM)
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  • 6 GB of DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; upgradeable to 8 GB) gives you the bandwidth you need to get the most of today's popular software, multitask all day long and run applications without a glitch.
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  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5 GB GDDR5 discrete graphics memory offers what gamers want most--hyper-realistic action with intense 3D visuals, plus vibrant, lifelike scenes and dynamic character effects--thanks to NVIDIA's PhysX technology. With up to 4x the DirectX 11 tessellation performance of the competition, you get incredibly detailed characters, terrain and game environments with blazing fast performance. It goes beyond everyday gaming with built-in CUDA technology to speed demanding system tasks, like video playback and HD movie editing. And with support for NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, you'll enjoy a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D experience with compatible games, Blu-ray movies, videos, and photos.
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  • Watch Blu-ray Disc movies in crystal clear resolution with the read-only Blu-ray drive; also supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM. The drive also offers Labelflash printing, which enables you to personalize your discs and keep them looking attractive and organized with direct-to-disc laser printing.
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  • Wireless Connectivity
    • With its Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this laptop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers.
    • With integrated Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, you can communicate and synchronize wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
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  • Harman Kardon stereo speakers bring an added dimension to music, movies and gaming with rich, immersive virtual surround sound.
  • Dolby Home Theater suite of technologies delivers virtual surround sound from stereo speakers or any pair of headphones.
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    Toshiba ReelTime
    Toshiba ReelTime. Click here to learn about its features.


    Toshiba Eco Utility
    Toshiba Eco Utility. Click here to learn about its features.
  • Included Toshiba Software:
    • Toshiba Media Controller offers simplified media sharing. Using an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, it lets you share videos, music and pictures from the media library on your laptop with compatible devices in your home entertainment network, or with other compatible laptops and devices, like an Xbox 360 game console. And you can do it all without moving equipment, burning discs or fumbling with cables.
    • Toshiba Bulletin Board is an easy-to-use organizational and productivity app that lets you build your own personalized space on your desktop. With Toshiba Bulletin Board, you can quickly and easily manage your to-do lists and calendars, plus create your own custom work area by pinning your favorite photos, documents, links and more.
    • Toshiba ReelTime helps you cut down the time it takes to search for files. The easy-to-use app takes traditional text-based file structures one step further to help you find what you're looking for more quickly. Accessible from your taskbar, it shows you a visual timeline of your recently accessed files--using graphical thumbnails--so you can easily identify and get to your files faster. Previews are automatically added to documents, photos, and videos, and you can easily filter by file type.
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  • Included Toshiba Utilities:
    • Toshiba eco Utility makes it easy to go green as you go mobile. Hit the Eco Button and you'll launch the Toshiba Eco Utility, which puts all sorts of easy-to-read information on your screen, and gives you the ability to adjust the power settings on your laptop. It also activates a light showing you're in the Eco Mode. The Toshiba Eco Utility lets you pick the optimal power plan for your situation. Choose High-Performance when you need every watt you can get, Power Saver for the least energy consumption, or Balanced as a perfect blend of the two.
    • USB Sleep and Charge offers a great way to keep your portable electronics powered up without requiring your laptop to be on. With this laptop's Sleep and Charge USB port, you'll be able to charge your smart phone, MP3 player, and other portable electronics--all without having to keep your laptop awake.
    • Hard Drive Impact Sensor takes the worry out of taking your most important files and multimedia on the go. Able to detect sudden movement along three different dimensions, the impact sensor (a complex system of hardware and software) helps safeguard your data by "parking" the hard drive heads in the event of a drop or sudden movement. And it works faster than you can blink to help protect your laptop and all-important data.
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  • Up to 3.75 hours of battery life (12-cell battery; 87 Wh)
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  • Dimensions & Weight: 17.4 x 11.6 x 1.83 inches (WxDxH); 10.1 pounds
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Networking, Connectivity & Expansion

  • 4 total USB ports with 1 eSATA/USB combo port that also features Sleep and Charge capabilities. The combo eSATA/USB port enables you to connect to compatible external hard drives for lightning fast transfers of large multimedia files--up to 5 times faster than via a standard USB port.
  • FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals.
  • HDMI-CEC high-definition audio/video output allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your compatible digital TV or external monitor. The HDMI-CEC connection also allows you to control additional media players with just a single remote as well as scale up movies and games to 1080p high-definition video.
  • VGA video output (analog, RGB)
  • Combo headphone S/PDIF digital audio output plus microphone/line-in jack
  • Multi-format memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Multi Media Card, xD Picture Card
  • ExpressCard (34/54) slot lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features.
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version), you'll be able to easily create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Windows 7 is designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to.

And with Windows Anytime Upgrade, you'll be able to add new features to your PC in as little as 10 minutes. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process, it requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings

What's in the box

This package contains the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q898 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions.

It also comes with the following software:

Norton Internet Security 2011 (30-day trial); Microsoft Office Starter 2010; Google Toolbar; Microsoft Windows Media Player 12; Microsoft Silverlight; Intuit Quickbooks Financial Center (trial); Toshiba PC Health Monitor; Toshiba Online Backup (30-day trial)

This laptop is backed by a 1-year limited hardware warranty.

Environmental Specifications

  • Energy Star 5.0 certified
  • Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact.
  • RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances

Learn more about Toshiba's environmental commitment.

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25th Anniversary of Toshiba Laptops
25th Anniversary of Toshiba Laptops

This year, Toshiba celebrates its 25th anniversary of innovations and quality in the notebook PC business. Beginning with the launch of the Toshiba T1100, the world's first clamshell-type, fully functional laptop PC, Toshiba has led the with such innovations as the first laptop with a color monitor in 1991 and a laptop with integrated CD-ROM drive in 1995 (followed by the addition of a DVD drive in 1998). And in 2009, Toshiba unveiled the world's first ultraportable laptop with 512GB solid state drive.

Today, Toshiba continues to be a leader in manufacturing, with virtually all of its consumer laptops earning EPEAT Gold status for meeting standards that help reduce overall environmental impact.

Product Information

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Screen Size18.4 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Processor1.73 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM6 GB ddr3
Hard Drive64 GB
Graphics Coprocessorgeforce
Card DescriptionNVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
Brand NameToshiba
Item model numberPQX33U-05G025
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight10.1 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H11.60 x 17.40 x 1.63 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #43,005 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight16.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableSeptember 26, 2010
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ballack on November 5, 2010
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This product deserves 4.5 stars. It is almost perfect but for the small SSD supplied.

I have used laptops of various sizes, 12" to 15" and now 18.4".

I was looking for a laptop which had a fantastic keyboard (ala "Lenovo") and sufficient GPU power for the latest games. Not that I'm a hardcore gamer but I was looking for a new laptop which could last longer (in terms of obsolescence) as nowadays it is the GPU rather than the CPU which determines whether or not your laptop is capable of running games.

Without further ado, here's the reasons why I bought this unit. No offence to owners of the other brands but I had to eliminate other popular choices due to the reasons below. I actually narrowed down my final choice of a new laptop to either SAGER or TOSHIBA.

1. Keyboard
A full keyboard (backlit!) is provided along with a full numberpad.

For me, the keyboard design was really important. I have used a Lenovo Thinkpad laptop before and their keyboards were (and still are) really the best for typing.
Yes, even better than this unit.

H/w, this Toshiba unit has the edge over Alienware and SAGER/CLEVO units where the keyboard is concerned. I actually went to a real store to check out the Alienware laptops but just did not like the feel of their keyboards. I also do not like the way SAGER/CLEVO removed some of the keys on their numberpad.

BTW, the MSI GX/GT 660 series deserves honorable mention for their keyboard design. I like the look on it. H/W some reviewers have claimed that there is a certain amount of flex, hence I did not go for the MSI units.

2. Battery Life
Granted, most people would not move a desktop replacement unit around much.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Taylor on December 8, 2010
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After having to surrender my last laptop back to my company when I was laid off, I went looking for a new laptop and this is what I ended-up purchasing.

Working in the IT industry and having a passion for building computers means that I have to keep abreast of the ever changing hardware scene as well as all of the current offerings from various manufacturers. Having never owned a Toshiba Laptop before this would be my first purchase so naturally I was skeptical at first. I had gone to several vendors and customized computers with around the same level of hardware offerings that come in this Toshiba Unit. I visited Sager, Dell/Alienware, HP, and Asus. The Dell offerings were all very expensive, more than $2,200.00 and up for similarly equipped models and even more for the Alienware units with slightly better options. Next I moved to HP and their offerings were similar with the exception of the several of their video processors which were lesser models. The Sager laptops were the most expensive but offered the greatest flexibility for configuration. In the end for around $1,800.00 the Toshiba was clearly the best value.

Having used an Alienware M15x before which I surrendered back to my former company, the Toshiba had big shoes to fill and fill them it has! I was impressed initially by the sheer size of the unit which is massive. The screen is an absolutely beautiful and crystal clear 1920x1080 with no dead pixels or backlighting consistency problems. The chassis is made of a mirrored black and anodized red finish that is beautiful but naturally attracts a lot of fingerprints and dust so be prepared for this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rascal77 on December 21, 2010
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this THING IS HUGE! Every time I take it out everyone says "That is a big screen!" Then when I tell them about the SSD and the 6 GB of RAM they go, "Why do you need all that?" Well after throwing a lot of games and software and playing a Blu-Ray and booting up in less than a minute, I say "That's why I have this awesome computer!" As always Amazon was very fast and helpful as the payment method was kind of unusual, but customer service was helpful and I am very Happy!
EDIT: I have been running this laptop everyday since I have received it. It now has several different operating systems on it, several emulators for console games and does a fair amount of browsing. It has performed flawlessly and has never locked up or needed to be restarted. Kubuntu started right up and after loading the Nvidia drivers looks awesome. If you need a giant laptop with top performance don't be afraid. This one is great.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Old Guy on November 14, 2010
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I have used this laptop for about 2 weeks now. Everything works as billed. The startup time is less than 50 sec due to the solid state hard drive. The only negative is the weight but with a computer of this size that is very acceptable. Well worth the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MechCspe on November 21, 2010
For many years, I have not had good experience with Toshiba for work related purposes although many of my colleagues like them alot. I have used and bought extensively with Sager and Dell before at home and work. I have also gotten a high end notebook (over $3000) which I returned (due to broken screw set at the bottom of laptop after I have received it and other issues) and came down to this one. Since I do not want to deal with the Asus key issue (although I have been building PC with their motherboard), I gave this one a try and here is what I found.

1. Nice layout and 18.4 is just like the custom built type in the market now
2. Harmon Kardon speakers
3. Windows 7 64 bit
4. The 7200 rpm hard disk protection
5. Backlight keyboard

1. Keys are bit cramp with a small trackpad.
2. Webcam is 1.3 MP instead of 2.0 MP as many other high end laptop does.
3. Small 64 GB SSD
4. Windows 7 Home

I am still in the process of downloading and trying to upgrade to Windows 7 PRO/ULITMATE. Will update more if I found the good and bag things more about this computer.

I have just tested the laptop with continuous internet surfing. The battery life is about 2 hours flat. I do find that playing games is a bit difficult as my left pinky and ring finger will accidentally hit the control panel keys on the left side. I am now using an external keyboard to play games instead.
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