Make no mistake about it. As long as there are PC games, there will definitely be gaming laptops. Wait, did you say you’d rather play your games on a desktop? That may be a valid point, but for some, being tied down to a single LAN cable or even a single location is not an option. For these folks, there is an urge to remove themselves from these needless shackles, and to enjoy their games anywhere and everywhere.
Besides, it makes organizing a LAN gaming party that much easier. Just pop one of these monster notebooks into the bag and you’re good to go. Hence, we would like to introduce you to what may potentially be your gaming companion. Traveling gamer, meet your new best friend, the 17.3-inch Toshiba Qosmio X770.
At first glance, you might not know what to do with this behemoth (3.34kg) of a notebook. Do you let it stay on your desk, or do you start playing the latest games at your nearest Starbucks? Well fortunately, the answer is, “you can do both”. Its Core i7-2630QM processor (quad-core, 2.0GHz) is fast enough to allow it to be a fairly competent productivity machine for serious work (what is serious work?), while the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (with 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM) and 8 GB of system memory are stout enough to take on all the games you can throw at it.
The NVIDIA 3D glasses (part of the NVIDIA 3D Vision package) and software that come with the machine even allows you to play your favorite games and movies in stereoscopic mode, even if they weren't designed for them. But at S$3799, you’d really have to ask yourself if a portable, powerful, loud and 3D capable gaming machine is what you need (we already know it's what you want).
The Qosmio X770 is big. So big that the conventional laptop bag you already have just won’t cut it. Its exterior is completely plastic, with a grey metallic finish with splashes of (blood) red on the Qosmio logo and the bottom of the lid. The organic looking texture on the lid surrounding the logo helps with controlling fingerprint smudges.The shape of the Toshiba Qosmio X770 seems to complement the organic texture found on the lid, with no hard or sharp edges jutting out, ready to draw blood. Everything here is rounded which allows for it to be held fairly comfortably.
The use of plastic all over the machine is however quite disappointing, given its high price tag. It doesn’t matter if the plastic has a finishing called “Metallic Urban Grey” because metallic looking plastic is still plastic. But of course it’s also thanks to the plastic finish that the X770 weighs in at 3.34kg rather than something closer to 5kg (which reminds us of Dell's chunky Alienware series).
There are no ports found on the back of the machine, so don’t bother looking there for anything. All of the ports that you need are found on the left and right profiles of the laptop, which include three USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, an HDMI output, VGA out, docking connector and power jack. The Blu-ray drive is also found on the right side of the notebook. Towards the front of the machine, there is the 5-in-1 card reader slot, along with a row of status LEDs that are visible (big plus point) even when the lid is down.