Toshiba Qosmio DX730
An all in one desktop solution
The market that produces gadgets such as all-in-ones is suffering from something that is called gorilla arm. The latter is used to describe a side effect of using touchscreens, when the user’s arm tend to get cramped and sore from doing too many selections and small motions. Even if that’s true, consumers of such products don’t care and they want to buy them. Toshiba was made aware of that when people demanded all-in-ones and rushed off to satiate their hunger with the Qosmio DX730. This review will show our state of mind after having tested the device.
Full HD resolution
Qosmio as a brand used to belong to the gaming laptop range of Toshiba because of its GeForce GT 540M. But that’s not to say that the product is only a high end gaming one, quite the contrary: the DX730 is able to do all sorts of things for different consumers and that is its ultimate purpose, to serve a large category of users. And to do that with success, this all-in-one features a screen measuring 23 inches and sporting a resolution complete with a total of 1920 x 1o80 pixels that overflow with splendid doses of brightness, contrast and surreal colors, a TV tuner, 2 HDMI ports that will enable the product to be used as a monitor if you want one, Windows Media Center remote, a Blu-ray drive, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, 4 USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, headphone/microphone jacks, 2.4GHz 802.11n, aerial jack and Bluetooth. The remote control is attractive in its own way and the back key is easy to press despite being quite small, but two things which made us take some points away from it were its thickness and the fact that it didn’t wield in a satisfactory manner.
The Toshiba Qosmio DX730 didn’t, when it was subjected to tests for this review, offer 24p support and HQV quality left us with no favorable score to register. When we watched a movie with intense action scenes, like The Transporter, the device annoyed us with the ample judder it delivered. If, however, you opt for a game that’s totally casual, you will experience no hindrance.
The fact that the display is a touchscreen one and it offers Microsoft’s Touch Pack for Windows 7 didn’t really make an impact on us: its limited infrared technology translated into the all-in-one replying to only 2 points of touch and not understanding what we meant when we did more. The keyboard is, on the whole, not very comfortable to use, because the keys don’t have enough spaces between them and don’t give a very good response when one presses them.
Intel Core i5-2430M processor
But one thing the Qosmio DX730 is a pro at is the quality of audio: the speakers delivered majestic sound that underlined every note in the song we listened to and every word in a dialogue when we watched a film.
Toshiba’s latest Qosmio DX730 runs on a 2.40 GHz Core i5-2430M CPU and uses a GeForce GT 540M which, when they work together, provide this recent all-in-one with good speed. Memory is 6GB and the hard drive is 2TB. We could perform the tasks we perform each day without seeing the device crash or lag.
The Toshiba Qosmio DX730 has an expensive price – $1.999 for the Australian market – and at some times it doesn’t live up to it, but you shouldn’t give up on it that easily, especially if you’re into Toshiba products.
|Processor||2.40 GHz Intel i5-2430M|
|Hard drive||2TB HDD|
|Optical drive||Super multi-drive DVD or Blu-Ray Rom Drive|
|Connectivity||HDMI, USB 3.0 port|
|Ecard reader||Multi Card Reader|
|WiFi||WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity|
|Sound||Dolby Advanced Audio sub-woofer|
|Camera||1.3 Megapixel front camera|