Mind you, battery life isn’t great even when using the 9400M G graphics. We got about 110 minutes of video playback with the 9400M G, and switching to the SLI graphics for playing games reduces that time to about 90-100 minutes. However, a laptop of this size and weight isn’t necessarily going to be carried around to coffee shops. Home use is more likely, moving room to room and plugging it into the mains when you need to top it up. With this in mind, we wouldn’t consider the limited battery life to be a major weakness.
Impressive audio and graphics hit the spot for gamers
For some reason, PCMark 05 took a dislike to the partitioning on the primary hard drive, preventing it from running its hard disk tests and producing an overall score for system performance. However, tests for components such as CPU and memory performance all produced impressive scores – as did gaming sessions with Call Of Duty 4.
Set to 1024 x 768 resolution with its SLI rig turned on, the X300-13W had moments where it actually hit 200 frames per second, although the average score was around 150-160f/s. As you’d expect, cranking the resolution up to 1680 x 1050 caused the frame rate to drop, but it still managed a very respectable 110-120f/s.
The X300-13W may be a bit of a departure for Toshiba, but it certainly has the looks and the power to make a fine gaming laptop. It’s not badly priced either, as similar 17in laptops from gaming specialists such Alienware, also come in at well over £2000. Its size, weight and limited battery life mean that it’s not the most portable of laptops, but it’s an excellent option for gamers who are looking for an alternative to a conventional bulky tower PC. ®
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Pimp My Laptop
I hate the Qosimo designs.
They look like they have been attacked by MTV's Pimp My Ride.
2000+ for that screen
I don't care what hardware is under the bonnet for that price I want a full 1920*1200 screen...
And as others have said who would want to take this out in front of anyone? My next machine will be a company that makes a decent machine, with a decent screen, and a stylish case. I've used Asus W2's for the last 3 or 4 years for this reason but as their new powerful machines also look crap I have no idea where I can go next.
Shame really I used to love Tosh laptops in the 90's. Lasted forever and were good little machines - if a little expensive. Thesedays though...
re: re: gamers
Well, obviously. But the trackpad's still going to be under the wrist, with the buttons digging into your wrist and the pointer will be skittering around unless you disable the trackpad. That's what I was trying to say. Even for regular useage like typing, you're going to have to move your left hand away from the keyboard to use the pad. Make much more sense to put it in the middle, between the wrists, like everyone else does.
This... thing... will be right at home... somewhere. Don't want to know where exactly, though.
RE: for gamers?
Anyone who is actually willing to spend that much on a laptop for gaming will no doubt shell out $50-60 for a nice gaming mouse, making the trackpad irrelevant.