Toshiba Qosmio G45 Review

The Toshiba Qosmio G45 is a full entertainment system packed into one slightly oversized 17” widescreen notebook. It combines a 1080P high resolution display, HD-DVD Player, surround sound system, TV Tuner, and gaming machine into one device that can be carried to different locations inside your backpack.

The Qosmio under review is only offered in one configuration at this time, with the part number of G45-AV680. It has the following specifications:

  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.20GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel P965 Express Chipset
  • Wireless: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n), Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • Memory: 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
  • Hard Drive: 320GB Total Space (160GB x 2)
  • Optical Drive: HD DVD-R/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive), supporting 13 formats
  • Screen: 17.0" diagonal widescreen TrueLife TFT LCD display at 1920x1200 (WUXGA, Glossy)
  • Graphics: 512MB nVidia GeForce Go 8600m GT
  • Web Cam: 2.0 megapixel webcam
  • Slots: ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and Express Card/54) and PC-Card Slot, 5-in-1 media card reader
  • Ports: VGA, HDMI, and S-Video out, Mic, 2 Headphone, line out, 2 IR out, IEEE-1394 (FireWire), Five USB 2.0 ports
  • Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 17.25" x 11.75" x 1.759"
  • Weight: 10.6 Advertised, 9lbs 15oz actual w/ battery
  • 90W (19V x 4.62A) 100-240V AC adapter (1lb 10.6oz)
  • 9-cell (85Wh) Lithium Ion battery (1lb 2.3 oz)
  • 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

Build and Design

Compared to most notebooks the Qosmio is an extremely flashy computer. The display cover is glossy black with the Qosmio brand name embossed over it; proudly announcing its name to those around you. Opening the laptop reveals its glossy white palm rest and keyboard surround, nicely contrasting the top cover, with chrome dials and touch-sensitive selection buttons to control various functions. Bright blue LEDs illuminate all soft media buttons, as well as the volume dial and power switch when the unit is powered up. The LED’s can be disabled if the user so wishes, by pressing a soft-key above the keyboard.

Underneath the glossy plastic shell, bright blue LEDs, and chrome knobs is an alloy frame that supports the entire laptop. Many laptops these days have a metal alloy frame and it usually results in a very durable case having little flex. However, even though the Qosmio has this alloy frame, it seems the frame isn't thick enough as there is plentiful flex to be found. The palm rest, the keyboard, and bezel around the keyboard all bow in with moderate pressure. The flexing becomes most apparent when the laptop is not on a flat surface. With one corner hanging off of a desk surface, weight from your wrist and arm while typing will bend the corner down a quarter inch or more. For such a high price tag you would expect better build quality when other Toshiba models costing a third less feel more durable.

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