Friday, February 6, 2009

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q706

There's no doubt about it: the Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q706 is not your average desktop replacement/mobile gaming system. Bedecked in flames and shiny bits and glowing with red lights (what the company calls its "Fusion Finish with Rogue pattern"), the design is no doubt an attempt to express the power that potentially lies within. Also, the behemoth laptop contains some top-notch components, including dual 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS graphics adapters and 4GB of RAM
The good:
Nvidia SLI graphics; great speakers; touch-sensitive media controls; HDMI and eSATA ports; charges USB devices, even when off.

The bad:
Gigantic; love-it-or-hate-it design; not configurable; low-resolution display for a 17-inch gaming rig.

The bottom line:
The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q706 offers some of the latest high-end components in an enormous, flashy package, but its performance doesn't outshine the competition.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.26 GHz) ;
RAM installed: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM ;
Weight: 9 lbs
The Qosmio X305-Q706 comes in a single, fixed configuration sold only in retail outlets. Its $1,999 price buys you a fairly powerful mobile processor--the 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400--backed by a generous 4GB of fast 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM (with 64-bit Windows Vista to take advantage of it) and a 7,200rpm, 320GB hard drive.

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