The changes on the new Toshiba Qosmio X70 are mostly under the hood. Except for some minor cosmetic changes, the X70's chassis is similar to the one used by its X870 predecessor.
It is stereotypical, but I like the red chrome finish along the sides, which goes well with the crimson backlit keyboard.
The design could do with some tweaks. For instance, the exhaust, which expelled warm air on my hand, should be moved from the side to the rear, like designs offered by some of its rivals.
Viewing angles on the X70 were decent from the sides, but the 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen quickly becomes washed out if you tilt it backwards or forwards.
A 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) is found on the X70, which is a significant improvement over the hybrid hard drive found in the previous version. Supplementing the SSD is a secondary 1TB hard drive, which is a good amount of storage space for your files.
The four built-in Harman Kardon speakers on the X70 are loud and crisp, though without a subwoofer, the bass lacks punch. The laptop also has a Blu-ray writer, which is useful for watching movies. Or if you are the creative type, you can use the X70 to edit videos before copying them out to Blu-ray discs.
The Qosmio X70 has a quad-core Intel Haswell processor, 16GB of RAM and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 770M graphics chip. This is not the top graphics chip available, but it is good enough to play most games in full high-definition.
At $2,999, the Qosmio X70 is relatively affordable, though its hardware is not class-leading.
This is a more affordable gaming laptop with powerful audio, Blu-ray and plenty of storage.