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Upgrading from HP Pavilion dv7-6c95dx 17.3″ to Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7380 17.3″

April 2nd, 2013

I was recently at the intersection of a need and an opportunity to invest in another computer at home.  Having switched from a quad-core desktop to a quad-core laptop a year ago I decided to get a similar laptop.  Instead of purchasing a lower cost machine I wanted to purchase a newer, mid- to high-end laptop.*

Between coding with some Visual Studio add-ins and editing large images and video I opted for a high performance Intel Core i7 machine with 12Gb of RAM.  I’m a fan of the 17+” monitor and spacious keyboards on those laptops so the biggest issue was processor, RAM and upgadability.

Initially I turned to BestBuy since I like checking out the actual product when I pick it up to ensure there’s no damage (I can just carry it over to the return desk if need be) but the closest they offered to the specs I wanted was this HP Envy dv7-7310dx (similar specs on Amazon).  Unfortunately they were out so I started looking for alternatives.

In my search I settled on the Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7380 (NewEgg | Amazon) with a cooling fan since I read that it can run warm with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX670M.


My current computer – HP Pavilion dv7-6c95dx (Amazon) has a Windows experience score is 5.5.  The Toshiba bumped that up a few points.

I’m not a fan of showrooming electronics; if I go into a retail location to look at an item I prefer to buy it there.  Part of that is my desire to physically see the item before I invest in it (regardless of whether it’s $50 or $1,500).  Another part is that I am willing to pay a slight premium to have the device sooner and as long as my local retail store is willing to stock the item I’m happy to pay them something for that cost.

A few weeks after making the switch I’m very happy with my purchase.  The biggest con to both machines is the weight although the Toshiba Qosmio X875 feels way more balanced.  The HP’s weight distribution is focused more at the back of the machine where the battery sits.


* Programming is my livelihood; having a backup computer was an attractive benefit.

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