Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 review

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Toshiba’s Qosmio G50-127 is the cheapest laptop on test this month, costing less than £1,000 exc VAT. A look at the specification, though, reveals that the G50 lacks the punch and power of some of the more expensive laptops: its 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo P8600 processor and GeForce 9600M GT graphics chip are a far cry from the Extreme edition parts and CrossFireX arrangements elsewhere.

Toshiba Qosmio G50-127 review

Consequently, our benchmarks saw the Qosmio firmly in the bottom half of this month’s results table. A 2D score of 1.15 just can’t compete with the likes of the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds or Alienware M17, and scores of 45fps and 15fps in our low- and medium-quality Crysis benchmarks are below average too.

Elsewhere, there’s little to excite in this company. The 4GB of RAM is older 800MHz DDR2 rather than 1,066MHz DDR3 as seen in eight machines this month, and six other systems offer more than the 320GB of storage provided here. There’s also no Blu-ray drive.

The Qosmio’s limited budget results in build quality that’s below average this month: the plasticky chassis creaked and groaned throughout our tests, and both wristrest and keyboard felt spongy. It’s no match for the Lenovo or Sony laptops in terms of quality and comfort.

The screen was disappointing too. The 18.4in panel was pale and lifeless in comparison to the excellent screens in the Dell, Lenovo and Sony laptops, while the 1,680 x 945 native resolution isn’t quite enough to do justice to Full-HD video.

The lack of powerful components has a silver lining in the form of battery life. The G50 lasted just over four hours in our light-use test and 1hr 35mins in our heavy-use benchmark, so there’s some scope for travel.

Plus, the Toshiba’s audio output is superb. Built by audio specialist Harmon/Kardon, the drive units are the best we’ve heard this month, offering excellent volume as well as precision and clarity throughout the range.

Don’t let these surprising bonuses blind you to the Qosmio’s many faults, though. The lack of power and dearth of features mean that we can’t recommend the G50, even with its bargain price.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions457 x 312 x 51mm (WDH)
Travelling weight5.3kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo Mobile P8600
Motherboard chipsetIntel PM45 Express
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size18.4in
Resolution screen horizontal1,680
Resolution screen vertical945
Resolution1680 x 945
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce 9600M GT
Graphics card RAM512MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity297GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/150
Hard diskFujitsu MHWZ2320BH-G1
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveToshiba DV-W28S-RT
Battery capacity7,050mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportno
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)4
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks4
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Fingerprint readeryes
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseyes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use241
Battery life, heavy use95
Overall application benchmark score1.15
Office application benchmark score1.16
2D graphics application benchmark score1.36
Encoding application benchmark score1.05
Multitasking application benchmark score1.04
3D performance (crysis) low settings15fps
3D performance settingMedium

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
OS familyWindows Vista
Recovery methodRecovery disk and partition

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