Whether your pursuit is gaming or work, the big screen and twin hard drives on this big multimedia Toshiba laptop make for very comfortable desktop computing. Just don't count on long battery life.
The X205-S9359 has a swirly red and black "carmine flare" lid that for a gaming laptop is downright tasteful. A very similar-looking model, the X205-S9349, is $500 less but has only half the video memory and storage. That configuration might be fine for multimedia dabblers, but for full-throttle entertainment, opt for the X205-S9359.
The design is good overall. Even though Toshiba makes thin-and-light models, the X205-S9359 is typically heavy at 8.7 pounds (the average among currently tested desktop replacements is 8.8 pounds), but it has two 160GB hard drives and four built-in Harman/Kardon speakers backed by a bottom subwoofer for rich, satisfying sound. The Toshiba USB HDTV Tuner and bricklike power adapter bring the weight to a chunky 11 pounds.
This laptop might be too much bang for too many bucks for some. But if a strong gaming laptop that can also feed your TV addiction and comes with Microsoft Word and Excel sounds like the ideal portable to you, look no further.