Toshiba Qosmio X500-128
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Qosmio X500-128
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
While the Qosmio X500-128 is a good multimedia machine, its limited gaming power and lack of a Full HD screen make it a tough sell against its gaming laptop rivals. On its own merits, it's an easy laptop to like, but in this company it falls too far short.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
Toshiba's long been a purveyor of high-end gaming and entertainment laptops. The Toshiba Qosmio X500-128 isn't quite as quick as the very fastest gaming laptops on the market, but it's certainly not far behind. If you're looking for laptop with an enormous screen and high-speed graphics, you should think seriously about adding it to your shopping list.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
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75%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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