It does qualify. What is the main benefit of this notebook vs other high end performance systems is it's audio. If that is important to you then yea sure I gives it an edge over others I could mention.
The i5 threw me off. Especially because I was reading this (link
) just before I read your thread. I do not get the advantage of an i5 2.27Ghz over a i7 720QM 1.6Ghz? When i7 720 is running two cores it runs at 2.4Ghz. For $1499.99 (yea I know $1500) you can get an i7. Yes you lose 2GB RAM and lower resolution. Still above HD. I don't have the answers but I would think increasing resolution and lowering CPU is counter intuitive.
These things I bring up are very subjective. It is one heck of a notebook no question.
Asus has a 15.6" with same GPU/i7 same price range. I doubt speakers will match up. Asus has 17.3" better GPU i7 better specs other than say the speakers again. Same price point.
The model you are looking at reminds me of the same market as the Gateway FX. Great specs but one component is the weak link. CPU is dumbed down. Most but not all reduced resolution also. Asus even put out some G50 through Best Buy same thing.
At $1500 if you get the Toshiba I myself would get the i7 that still has damn good resolution just not as good as the one you linked. And 4GB vs 6GB means nothing to me and even more so for gaming. It makes zero difference.
You make the call.