The X500 debuted in 2009 and over the years it went through the typical cycle of refreshes to keep up with the latest trends. The version we’ll be reviewing today is their 2011 refreshed model with newer components. Presented as a gaming notebook, the Qosmio will take on the likes of the Asus G74SX, but can it do enough damage to warrant a recommend over the veteran? Let’s find out.
Reviewed on video: Toshiba Qosmio X500
Design and Build
Unlike the understated look of the Asus, Toshiba have gone with a bold and snazzy look for the X500. The design hasn’t really changed much over the years. It sports a Red and Black combo, and bright Red LED lighting gives it a very attractive look - just what any gaming notebook needs. The chassis is made up mostly of plastic, which doesn’t seem to be very strong. There’s quite a bit of flex in the lid which should not have been. Also, most sections of the notebook have a glossy finish, so fingerprints and dirt are a nightmare. The hinge seems sturdy enough allowing the screen to tilt back 160 degrees. At 4.75 kgs, you can’t even think of lugging this around as it's too heavy and big. This is the first gaming notebook we’ve come across that sports a 18.4-inch Full HD screen, which is simply gorgeous. The finish is glossy, so the colours look vibrant and rich, but it also causes reflections on a black background.
The quality of plastic feels flimsy and weak
Blacklighting is even across the keys
The screen is very bright and vivid
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