Final Impressions & Conclusion
In terms of performance, the Qosmio X305-Q725 did what was expected from a notebook with its specifications. In several benchmark tests, the Qosmio X305-Q725 performed as well or better than some desktop systems. Even though the Qosmio X305-Q725 won’t compete with today’s highest-end gaming desktops, it achieves very respectable scores for a mobile platform, thanks to its fast NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX GPU, quad-core CPU, and SSD. There are higher-end Qosmio X305 systems out there, but for the price, the Qosmio X305-Q725 strikes a good balance.
Recognizing that gamers want performance, as well as good looks, Toshiba incorporated some aesthetic touches into the X305-Q725 that are sure to catch your eye. The notebook doesn’t have as many brightly lit LEDs as some other gaming notebooks we’ve seen in the past, but because lighting is more of a personal preference than anything else, we won’t criticize the notebook for this. The Qosmio X305-Q725’s paint job isn’t quite as elaborate as some systems from gaming boutiques, but you’re not paying for a custom paint job either, which helps keep the price in check. Overall, the system is visually appealing and sounds good too thanks to four Harman Kardon speakers and a subwoofer.
Although the system doesn’t offer a WUXGA 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen or a Blu-ray drive, it does pack a number of top-shelf components such as a quad-core Intel processor, dual hard drives (SATA and SSD), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX graphics. All of this in a mobile platform that run relatively cool and quiet is impressive.
While high-end, powerful, desktop replacement gaming notebooks are never cheap, the Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725’s $2,699.99 price tag is more affordable than many comparable laptops from boutique builders. The components used in this machine compliment each other well and strike a great balance between price and performance.