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TOSHIBA QOSMIO X505-Q890
Toshiba's updated one of our favorite
multimedia machines with an even
faster processor and graphics card,
making the Qosmio X505 the most powerful sub-
$2,000 gaming notebook we've tested, and the
ultimate desktop replacement.
The X505's glossy black plastic chassis has ac-
cents that make it look much more classy than the
average gaming rig. The back of the lid features
an interlocking grid pattern and the attractive
red Qosmio logo. The lid, base, and speakers
are trimmed in metallic red, and match the two
At 10.6 pounds, the X505 is not a system you'll
carry around much. You could practically do bicep
curls with its 2-pound power brick.
The huge keyboard and keypad light up in dimly
lit rooms. Its glossy surface is a bit slippery, and
the space between keys is narrow. The 3.2 x 1.6-
inch touchpad seems tiny compared to the two
giant mouse buttons, but it allowed us to navigate
around the desktop with great accuracy.
The gorgeous 18.4-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel
screen is the star of the show, offering plenty
of real estate with beautiful, sharp images. The
Harmon Kardon speakers are good enough to turn
the X505 into a stereo substitute.
For such a large system, the X505 has a relatively
standard array of ports; we wish it had USB 3.0.
However, its 1.3-megapixel webcam produced
impressively sharp and bright images even in our
dimly lit cubical.
The notebook's CPU has four high-speed cores that
can run a whopping
eight threads at once, improving
your multitasking or boosting the performance of
multithreaded apps. On PCMark Vantage, the X505
scored 10,392, nearly double the category aver-
age, and the third highest score we've ever seen.
The 64GB SSD booted Windows 7 Home Premium
(64-bit) 11 seconds faster than average.
Copying 4.97GB of files on the 7,200-rpm hard
drive took a mere 2 minutes and 51 seconds (37.1
MBps), comfortably faster than the 32.6 MBps
category average. The X505 converted a 114MB
MPEG-4 to AVI video in just 57 seconds.
With its discrete Nvidia GeForce GTS 360M
graphics, the X505 is a force to be reckoned with.
On 3DMark06, it scored 9,801, well above the
category average of 7,271. In World of Warcraft,
the notebook managed an amazing 78 fps at its
native 1920 x 1080 resolution. The ASUS G73Jh,
with its ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics,
achieved a comparable
318 fps at 1024 x 768 but
a stronger 111 fps at 1920
On the more demanding
Far Cry 2, the X505 got a
strong 33 fps at 1920 x
1080. Those numbers beat
the tar out of the category
averages, but aren't as
strong as the ASUS G73Jh
(110 and 51 fps).
When we played Call of
Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the
X505 provided a strong 45
fps at 1920 x 1080. We were
impressed by the level of
detail on 3D objects and even more impressed
that it didn't slow down the gameplay at all.
After playing City of Heroes for 45 minutes, the
touchpad reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit, the
space between the G and H keys was 104 degrees,
and the area above the keyboard measured 124
degrees Fahrenheit. Keep away from the power
brick, which reached 140 degrees!
We didn't expect long battery life, but the X505
lasted 2 hours and 51 minutes, 24 minutes longer
than the category average.
Toshiba's Utility and PC Health Monitor are the
most interesting of its bundled utilities. The first
lets you see, in real-time, how much power the
system is using, and to adjust settings
accordingly. The latter shows the
temperature of the CPU, the
fan speed, battery status,
and health of both
If you want to save
a few dollars, we recom-
mend the X505-Q888; it lacks an SSD and has
just 4GB of RAM, but is otherwise identical to the
X505. Whatever you do, get the full HD panel, the
best feature of the entire Qosmio X500 series.
With the Qosmio X505-Q890, Toshiba has upped
the ante on what was already an industry leading
gaming notebook. If you're looking for a gorgeous
multimedia experience with a giant 18.4-inch screen,
great speakers, and unmatched CPU performance,
look no further than this notebook.
LAPTOP | September 2010
Metallic red accents are
placed around the X505,
including the lid, speakers,
and touchpad buttons.
Speedy solid state drive
Gorgeous HD screen
Great webcam quality
Warm temperatures above deck
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