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Positioned by Toshiba as a desktop replacement, the Qosmio F50-10K notebook differs from others with its three-processor design. Besides the traditional CPU and GPU, it has a Toshiba Quad Core HD coprocessor with Cell micro-architecture. The purpose of this coprocessor is to process video in real-time mode in order to improve playback quality and to process video clips exported from digital cameras. Although there are currently few applications capable of using the Toshiba Quad Core HD processor, the technology itself look promising.

The addition of the third processor didn’t affect the traditional components. The Qosmio F50-10K has a modern midrange hardware configuration. It is based on the Centrino 2 platform, has a latest-generation Core 2 Duo processor, a midrange discrete graphics card, and 4 gigabytes of system memory. Thus, this notebook can be used to run everyday applications and even play modern games. The only downside is that you cannot install a 64-bit Windows Vista on it due to the lack of drivers, but this problem will hopefully be solved soon.

Being a multimedia solution, the Qosmio F50-10K offers a wide range of interfaces for any device, including monitors and TV-sets with HDMI input.

With all these indisputable advantages, the notebook is not free from several significant drawbacks. For example, the developer didn’t equip it with a modern Blu-ray drive. Its 15-inch display is not as good as you may wish to see in a modern full-size multimedia notebook. Its viewing angles and brightness are disappointing whereas the impractical glossy coating is going to annoy gamers who play dark atmospheric games.

Well, the notebook’s whole case, not only the display, is subject to criticism. Besides the questionable design, the plastic of the case is too soft and easily soiled. Its neat and shiny look won’t last long. The decorative highlighting with white LEDs does not really make the notebook’s case a pleasure to behold. It just dazzles you.

Of course, it depends on the product’s price if you can put up with its deficiencies. Unfortunately, the Qosmio F50-10K is way too expensive even considering its Quad Core HD processor, 4 gigabytes of system memory and high-quality audio subsystem. It just has too many small and significant drawbacks for its price.

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