A deep plastic underbelly has chamfered edges that blend almost seamlessly into an eye-catching anodised aluminium edge. This red trim encircles the notebook, giving a sporty black-and-red effect.
This red detailing is complemented by a matching thin red border around the trackpad, while the Qosmio badge on the back of the display follows the same metallic red theme. Also see:Best gaming laptops 2015.
With such a large frame, measuring 412 x 268 mm and 34 mm thick, there’s space for plenty of ports and connections. On the left we find a tray-loading optical drive – not your basic CD/DVD writer but a fully fledged Blu-ray drive that can write to erasable BD discs (BD-RE). That includes the latest BDXL format, which in its current top spec has three layers that can store 100 GB on one disc.
Alongside the Blu-ray mechanism are two USB 2.0 ports, DC power inlet and Kensington lock slot. As with many higher-performance laptops built for gaming, the mains adaptor is a chunky brick, here rated at 120 W in order to deliver the necessary GPU current.
On the right are two more USB ports, these thankfully of faster v3.0 specification, plus gigabit ethernet, and two display ports. There’s an old analogue VGA connector for not sure what purpose in this digital video world; and HDMI that’s billed as supporting Ultra HD 4K. We didn’t test this but it is likely to be based on HDMI version 1.4, which means the refresh rate maximum with 4K-class video is no more than 30 Hz and ill-suited for computer use.
Also here is a long vented output for the laptop’s internal cooling fans. In use these could be heard and felt pushing out plenty of hot air from inside. During gaming benchmark tests the laptop would maintain a loud noise as it worked hard to keep the graphics processor cool. See all laptop reviews.