I am very happy to brag about my new notebook !
In the past few weeks I have been surfing the web looking for the ultimate notebook that will satisfy my needs as a gamer and developer, but let’s not forget also as a buyer who has to pay 🙂
How did I came to that idea ? Well, I have thrown away my desktop pc about 1 month ago. It was old, almost ancient. I have had it for almost 6 years already, so I came to the conclusion that is time to let it go. So I started thinking, if I should buy a new desktop pc. I really wanted something on which I can freely play games like Crysis and Mafia II. So I started digging. But I decided that I will look for some BIG notebook, instead of a desktop PC.
Why ? Well, because I already have a pretty 10” ASUS which I can carry around when I just need some PC and I can use the massive notebook to work, play and watch Full HD movies, but also be able to carry it around when I need it.
At first my attention landed on the EXCEPTIONAL AlienWare m17x.
Man this is some bad-ass machine. I thought I have found my notebook, BUT… when I saw the price starting at 5500 leva, I have quickly cooled off. Even tough I wanted such a monster, I really could not afford it.
So I continue searching and finally I got it. It is the Toshiba Qosmio X500-126 !
It is also a serious notebook. The Qosmio is part of the gaming line notebooks by Toshiba. And it is HUGE 🙂
It is 18.4” wide. Very big, nice Full HD screen. The beast is powered by Intel i7 (720QM) processor with normal speed of 1.60 GHz, but as most modern notebooks it jumps to 2.80 GHz on TURBO mode, or in other words, when you need it. It has 8GB of RAM, which is quite enough, but you definitely need a x64 bit operation system, because the 32bit one supports only 3GB max RAM. The video is NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M, giving the enormous 1GB of dedicated memory. The other specifications are pretty standard, but you can see them all here.
And I got all of this for 3300 leva. Definitely it is not cheap ! But it is worth every penny !
So I got it, and started playing. The experience is just UNIQUE ! The games are smooth, the display is great the sound is astonishing (with the Harman Kardon speakers) ! The keyboard is back-lid, which is GREAT for gaming in the dark !
The only problem I have so far is finding a suitable backpack in which to carry it around, but I will find some 🙂