The Toshiba Qosmio X770-107 is a beefy laptop with an equally impressive set of features. An Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor provides oodles of grunt, as proved by the WorldBench 6 score of 132. The ample frame houses not one but two hard disks, both manufactured by Seagate and spinning at 7200rpm for faster data access. If that weren't enough, one of the hard disks is a solid-state hybrid, using 4GB of NAND flash memory. Seagate's Adaptive Memory technology monitors which applications you use most frequently and puts them on to the solid-state portion of the drive for ultra-quick access.

The upshot of this is that not only does the Qosmio X770-107 offer 1TB of storage, it improves the performance of apps you use frequently. Frame rates achieved by the Qosmio's nVidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics card were impressive, scoring 82 frames per second in the FEAR tests at highest settings.

The Qosmio is also 3D-capable, coming with 3D glasses (that fit over ordinary eyeglasses, should you wear them) so if you want to watch 3D content or play 3D games you can, but it'll be a fairly solitary experience unless you're prepared to fork out for more pairs of 3D glasses, at around £100 a pop. The screen itself is a corker - 17.3in with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and though it has a glossy finish the anti-glare coating really works a treat and reflects less light back into your eyes. Definition is sharp and the colours rich, ideal for watching HD movies through the BD-ROM/DVD±RW combo drive.

The keys are well-spaced and usable, and backlit to make it easy to use in the dark environments frequented by gamers and film watchers. Overall, though, the chassis feels plasticky and brittle, which is slightly concerning for such a large laptop. We had the feeling that even a short drop would have catastrophic consequences.

The Harman/Kardon speakers offer decent audio output and there are HDMI and VGA outputs for hooking up to TVs and external monitors. There's one USB 3.0 port, the rest being USB 2.0, which is slightly disappointing, and there's no eSATA.

Toshiba Qosmio X770-107: Specs

  • 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core
  • 17.3in glossy LED backlit
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 8GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 1TB (2 x 500GB) HDD 7200rpm
  • 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 560M
  • HDMI, VGA
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • BD-ROM, DVD±RW
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3D glasses, webcam
  • 48WH lithium-ion removable battery, 124 minutes
  • 412 x 270 x 58mm, 3.4kg
  • 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core
  • 17.3in glossy LED backlit
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 8GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 1TB (2 x 500GB) HDD 7200rpm
  • 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 560M
  • HDMI, VGA
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • BD-ROM, DVD±RW
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3D glasses, webcam
  • 48WH lithium-ion removable battery, 124 minutes
  • 412 x 270 x 58mm, 3.4kg

OUR VERDICT

The Toshiba Qosmio X770-107 is a delight for the gamer or multimedia enthusiast with its top-notch performance and screen. There's bundles of power provided by the quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM, plenty of storage space and a Blu-ray Disc drive to boot. In terms of looks it may be an acquired taste, though the Qosmio certainly couldn't be accused of being dull. This impressive spec doesn't come cheap at over £1600.

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