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Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 review

Alan Lu
11 May 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,096
inc VAT

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Specifications

18.4 in 1,680x945 display, 4.7kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

In addition to its Core 2 Duo P8600, Toshiba's Qosmio has a SpursEngine quad-core media processor, which is based on the PlayStation 3's Cell chip.

Using the built-in webcam, the Qosmio can recognise pre-determined hand gestures to perform common tasks such as pausing video, although it rarely worked for us.

The SpursEngine can boost video encoding speeds if used with software designed to take advantage of it. With Toshiba's included converter software, the Qosmio converted an 11-minute video from MPEG2 to H.264 in just two minutes. The popular video encoding program Super took 17 minutes, although the resulting video looked better. Hopefully, more SpursEngine-optimised software will appear, as the included program isn't very sophisticated.

The SpursEngine can upscale DVD video so that it looks better on the 18.4in, 1,680x945 screen. The screen is bright with fairly accurate colours, provided you're sitting directly in front of it. The G50-127 is the only desktop replacement here to lack a Blu-ray drive.

The glossy grey, black and chrome design looks great, but the glossy finish on the keyboard and touchpad buttons makes them slippery. The touchpad is accurate, but we had to stretch our fingers to reach the buttons.

A built-in TV tuner can record analogue or Freeview broadcasts. The 320GB hard disk is the smallest of the desktop-replacement laptops, though, and could fill up quickly.

Although the Qosmio is slower than Acer's Core 2 Quad-powered Aspire 8930G in our Windows benchmarks, it's fast for demanding tasks. You'll need to reduce graphical detail a little when gaming, though. The GeForce 9600M GT graphics chip scored 17fps in Call of Duty 4, and a smoother 31fps with reduced graphics.

The Qosmio's SpursEngine looks promising, but Toshiba has sacrificed too much to accommodate it. Until more software supports it, most people are better off with a more practically equipped desktop-replacement laptop such as Acer's Aspire 8930G.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8600
Processor clock speed2.4GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
Size53x452x310mm
Weight4.7kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle44W
Power consumption active73W

Display

Viewable size18.4 in
Native resolution1,680x945
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce 9600 GT
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory512MB

Storage

Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive modelTeac DV-W28S-RT
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Total Firewire ports1
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
Other portsRF

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedUlead DVD MovieFactory, Microsoft Works 9
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£1,096
Detailshttp://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com
Supplierhttp://www.comet.co.uk

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