|Screen Size||18.4 inches|
|Processor||2.26 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||500 GB Serial ATA hard disk drive|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1000 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||4 hours|
Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q860 TruBrite 18.4-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black\Red)
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- 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-430M Processor
- 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory
- 500GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive (7200RPM); DVD Super Multi Drive
- 18.4" CCFL (16:9) 1680x945 Display; NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M Graphics
- Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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- This is an extremely fast machine. It boots up in under a minute with Windows 7 and I have yet to notice the occasional lag with starting up programs that I experience with most Windows PC's.
- Newer games like "Dragon Age: Origins" run extremely well on this machine with all of the graphics maxed out
- The screen on this computer is beautiful. The color quality and contrast are extremely good and there is a ton of screen real estate. Some people have complained that it isn't full 1080p but I find that the 1680x945 resolution makes icons and text the perfect size for this size of screen.
- Multitasking works great with a dual-core processor (four virtual cores with hyperthreading) and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. I routinely have 12 Firefox tabs up while watching videos in iTunes and editing four or five MS Office documents. A lot of computers don't like this but the Q860 handles it wonderfully.
- The battery life is over three hours, which is pretty good for such a behemoth.
- This is an extremely heavy laptop and I wouldn't recommend it for frequent business travel. That being said, I do use this laptop for grad school and haul it back and forth to class one day a week using a Toshiba 18" gaming backpack and it isn't terrible on my back. I would definitely recommend a backpack if you want to carry this thing around as a normal laptop shoulder bag would probably destroy your neck and shoulder.Read more ›
-Size is AMAZING (could also be a con, due to lack of case selection available)
-Speed - The Core i5 430M (2.26) with Turbo Boost is nice, outperforms my Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4).
-RAM - 4GB DDR3 is expandable to 8GB.
-Graphics - The GeForce GTS 330M GDDR5 1GB is an excellent mobile video card.
-No restore discs shipped with the system.
-No back-lit keyboard
-Screen is too reflective, very hard to sit on my shaded porch and see the screen.
-Touchpad seems a little choppy. But I use my A4Tech mouse 95% of the time anyway.
All non-issues to be honest, but some people might find these a problem
-The glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet.
-The media keys are a little irritating, I just disabled them, no biggie.
-I did a LOT of research before I chose this. My next choice would have been an Alienware M17x, but this is a much better buy.
All in all, this is a magnificent system, Excellent cost to performance. You wont find a better gaming system at this price.
The following were my purchasing criteria:
(1) It ABSOLUTELY MUST have a big screen! - Between my 17-inch Satellite & 15/14/13-inch laptops from various sources, nothing beats a big screen when it comes to simultaneously viewing & working in multiple code windows.
(2) A modern Multi-core CPU - For my needs, I wanted a multi-core CPU that fell on the border between mid-range & high-end that was based on a recent CPU architecture. Not-so-good experiences with AMD knocked their products out, affordability removed the Core-i7s from the table, and I don't see any difference between a Core-i3 & a Core 2 Duo. Anyways, what is more important to me is....
(3) An excellent GPU! - All of my software projects require a rock-solid GPU backed by highly stable driver support. The factors that eliminated any ATI choice were - a) My work with OpenGL/CUDA/OpenCL, b) My target users are more likely to have nVidia cards, c) nVidia's SDKs & dev tools are more feature-rich & robust, IMHO, d) I've been using nVidia for the past 12 years, and e) I'm a casual gamer - I don't care if an ATI card can play a game 10 fps faster than what I have, at whatever high resolution that I cannot use anyway; also I don't care about 3DMark scores etc.
(4) Other requirements - I generally wanted at least 4 GB RAM, at least 1/2 TB of disk space, a DVD drive that opens/loads sideways & 4 USB ports.Read more ›
This is the second system I have had. Had to send the first one back because it would not boot up on Day 2. Amazon was fantastic to send out a replacement.
I spoke with Toshiba customer service regarding the failure and they said it needed a "power purge. Said the cure was to turn it off, take out the battery and hold down the power button for about 10 seconds.
Regardless, I sent the unit back and requested a replacement because I didn't want to keep a unit that had a problem straight out of the box. However, I have enough experience with Toshiba computers to know they generally make a solid product. (You can get a defect in anything from time to time!) The replacement unit has been great and have had no problems whatsoever.
I will admit when it didn't boot, I was EXTREMELY thankful to know I had bought the Square Trade 3 Year Drops and Spills Warranty! I didn't have to use the warranty because of Amazon's great replacement policy, but it is good to know the unit is WELL protected regardless of cause for the next 3 years. By then technology will have advanced enough that I'll be ready for a new unit. Major peace of mind. The cost of the 3 year warranty was $299 which averages just 27 cents a day over 3 years. I'd hate to drop the computer in 2 years and 10 months and know I could have had $1200 toward a new system...Money well spent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still working after many, many years of gaming and iTunes server time. Recently upgraded both hard drives and maxed out the RAM. Still works like brand new.Published on December 4, 2013 by Nickolas J Baker
Still going strong after quite a few years. The only upgrade Ive made was installing a 500gb solid state hard drive. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Bumpinlex
7 months later the AC adapter failed and there are no replacements available. When I called Toshiba after waiting for 3 weeks, they could only tell me "there's nothing we can do."Published on October 25, 2010 by Geoff Hower
I bought this laptop and was very excited to get it home. It is a beautiful and awesome laptop. 5 months of wonderful use and finally one day the battery fell out. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Jason H.
I did not buy this laptop off amazon but at micro center down the street. I bought a Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q860 laptop from Micro Center on 3/6/10. Read morePublished on September 16, 2010 by Amanda Daniels
Unfortunately, I had to return this model. After the computer warmed up, not even hot, an error came up stating that a cooling system malfunction was detected and would not... Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Captainkeyz
Size is AMAZING, The Core i5 430M (2.26) with Turbo Boost is still good as of Aug 2010 :-)
Lightning quick, great sound and video quality
Overall I am extremely... Read more
In spite of other guys I didn't have any problems with the item. I gave it only 4 start due to there is no button to switch off red lighted buttons on the left side of keyboard. Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by toster
I extremely happy with my Qosmio. It's beautiful, fast, and quiet. The 18.4 inch screen is just amazing. The keyboard is very nice, too. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Steve W. Phillips
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