The Qosmio DX730 23in touchscreen PC, is great for multimedia and watching HD video. Its elegant TV-like appearance will blend in nicely with a home environment, and its silver and ‘precious black’ finish also has a rather executive feel to it so it wouldn’t look out of place in an office. See also Group test: what's the best all-in-one PC?
It offers a built-in hybrid digital/analogue TV tuner and features a BD-capable drive will also burn DVDs. It also features a superior sound system with Onkyo-branded stereo speakers complemented by an internal subwoofer.
Connections are well catered for, including an SD memory-card reader and two pairs of USB 3.0 ports at the side, with an additional four USB 2.0 at the rear.
Headphone and microphone jacks are included and these double up as line-in and line-out ports so you can hook up other audio devices. Toshiba’s ‘sleep-and-music’ technology lets you use the Qosmio as a set of speakers for an external device such as an MP3 player without having to boot up the PC.
You can also connect up a game console or laptop via the HDMI input port, even if the Qosmio itself can’t use external displays.
It also comes with 6GB of DDR3 memory and a capacious 2TB hard drive – perfect for storing a large number of recorded TV shows.
This top-of-the-range version is fitted with an Intel Core i5-2450M mobile processor. This is a dual-core processor rather than quad-core as found in most of the competing PCs, and results in somewhat slower performance. With a WorldBench 6 score of 133 points, it comes in joint slowest alongside MSI’s AE2211G-011EU. However, the Toshiba doesn’t come with a discrete graphics adaptor so it doesn’t offer the gaming performance of the MSI model. It’s also considerably more expensive.
If the price of £950 is a little high for you, you may be pleased to learn that the Qosmio DX730 DX730-10U is one of six DX730 models with varying prices and specifications.