Toshiba Qosmio, the First US Notebook with HD DVD-R Drive being shipped

Toshiba G45-AV680 Notebook with HD DVD-R Optical Drive

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has announced the availability of its Qosmio G45-AV680 audio-video notebook. This laptop not only offers Dolby surround sound technology but also happens to be the first US model to feature an HD DVD-R optical drive as well as full 1080p playback resolution.

The Qosmio G45AV680 is a state-of-the-art multimedia notebook. Using the HD DVD-R optical drive, it is capable of burning up to 30GB data including home videos, photos and music libraries onto a single HD DVD recordable disc.

Besides, the HD DVD-R optical drive is also able to play HD DVD movies at a resolution that is six times sharper than the usual DVD format.

Due to the presence of the enhanced HD DVD technology, the Qosmio notebook from Toshiba provides users with a high level of interactivity including access to features like in-movie commentary and downloadable Internet content.

One of the main benefits of using the Qosmio notebook for HD DVD playback is the standard 1Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n wireless Internet connections, making it possible for users to quickly and easily access Internet content.

The design of the Qosmio G45-AV680 notebook sports a piano-key white glossy finish, which is very well complemented by a silver volume control knob and Qosmio AV Controller. What’s more; each of these knobs is backlit by a halo of blue light.

The Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 notebook includes other high-end features such as the four Harman Kordon Bass Reflex stereo speakers, a built-in subwoofer, 1 Bit Digital Amplifier and Dolby Home Theatre technology.

Users have the flexibility to enjoy rich surround sound in a number of modes such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual Speaker.

The Qosmio notebook from Toshiba features a 17-inch diagonal widescreen Ultimate TruBrite display that delivers an image resolution of 1080p.

Users can also connect the Qosmio’s HDMI port to a High Definition TV, expanding the functionality of their home entertainment center. Thus, users can watch movies in 1080p resolution with HD DVD quality.

The Qosmio G45 notebook also takes the gaming experience to the next level as it incorporates NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600M GT GPU chipset that allows gamers to take full advantage of Microsoft’s cutting-edge DirectX 10 graphics technology. Due to their presence, next-generation games are taken to new heights of realism by producing realistic features in hair, facial and body features.

Toshiba has also included the digital lifestyle application called Ulead DVD MovieFactory. Using this software, Qosmio can easily import and edit high-definition and standard digital home movie footage.

Specifications of the Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 notebook:

  • Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit version)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300
  • 2.00 GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB with 64-bit
  • 2048MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory
  • Maximum capacity 4096MB
  • IntelTurbo Memory: 1024MB
  • 320GB using two Serial-ATA hard disk drives
  • Primary 160GB + Secondary 160GB
  • HD DVD-R/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive) supporting 13 formats
  • Toshiba USB HDTV Tuner (External)
  • 17-inch diagonal widescreen Ultimate TruBrite display
  • 1920×1200 native resolution (WUXGA)
  • Supports 1080p content
  • PCI-Express x16 graphics subsystem
  • NVIDIA GeForce(TM) 8600 GT with 512MB DDR2 discrete graphics memory, plus up to 255MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory using NVIDIA TurboCache technology
  • 1-bit Digital Amplifier
  • Four built-in Harman Kardon Bass Reflex stereo speakers with subwoofer
  • Dolby Home Theater
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
  • Toshiba Remote Control
  • Embedded Webcam and microphone
  • Fingerprint reader
  • The Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 notebook comes with a one-year standard warranty.