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What makes the 17-inch Toshiba Qosmio X770 (with the peculiar model name ST4N04) interesting are several factors. On the top of the list is that it’s equipped with a GeForce GTX 560M with 1.5GB of GDDR5, which is currently the most common GPU in gaming laptops, for good reason. It offers a nice balance of good performance and a reasonable price tag, while being able to tackle all games currently on the market. Unlike many other manufacturers that use the GTX 560M, Toshiba advertises that the Qosmio comes with Optimus (Nvidia’s battery-saving auto-switching feature).
Secondly, the Qosmio X770 comes with a quad-core Intel Core i7 2630QM CPU running at 2.0GHz or 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost. The 4 core /8 thread Sandy Bridge CPU puts it in a whole other segment than the Qosmio variants that ship with Core i5 CPUs (some at almost the same price as this model). Another plus is the LED backlit keyboard–one piece of nice-looking and practical gadgetry that is difficult to live without once you’ve tried it.
There’s also plenty of storage in this machine; one hybrid drive (HDD/SSD), which is likely a Momentus XT that spins at 7200rpm and also includes 4GB of SLC Flash modules that dynamically allocate files you use often to the much faster SLC chips. There’s also another 500GB 7200rpm hard drive included for a total of 1TB of storage space. 8GB of RAM is also included in the bargain.
Another couple of bonuses is that this Qosmio X770 ships with a Blu-ray writer and Harman Kardon speakers. The native resolution is 1600 x 900, and it also comes with the customary HDMI port and a memory card reader. All in all, $1,399 is a bargain for this gaming system and one that puts it hundreds below some of its competitors with similar specs.