Toshiba today introduced the Qosmio G35-AV600, the latest version of its flagship “4-in-1” audio-video entertainment notebook for an estimated single unit price of $2,399. I like it and I hope to have one in the future. Let’s see what we get:

Featuring Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and integrated TV tuner, digital video recorder (DVR), virtual surround-sound stereo, the Qosmio G35-AV600 also includes:

– The world’s first 1-bit digital amplifier in a notebook PC, usually found in high-end audio systems;
– Dolby Home Theater, delivering a richer, more engaging surround-sound experience from stereo and multichannel audio sources through headphone, 2- or 5.1-channel speaker systems;
– Bass Reflex Speaker technology from harman/kardon, allowing greater amplification and clarity;
– Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology built around the Intel Core Duo processor.

The Qosmio G35-AV600 also features a customizable Dual Mode touch pad that can provide one-tap short cuts to launch e-mail, an Internet browser and other selected programs. The unit also includes a new fingerprint reader for added security.

17-inch diagonal widescreen display with its two-lamp Ultimate TruBrite technology that rivals the brightness of an LCD TV, 1440 x 900 resolution, nVidia GeForce Go 7300 graphics card, 256MB of VRAM and the QosmioEngine, Toshiba’s proprietary software that enhances digital images for crystal-clear images and bright colors.

“This latest incarnation of our award-winning Qosmio digital convergence notebook line offers the best value to consumers yet, with innovative features that further enhance the audio-video experience at a price that’s hundreds of dollars less than previous models,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing for Toshiba’s Digital Products Division. “It marks the continuation of Toshiba’s overall strategy to be a market leader in both innovation and value.”

The Qosmio G35-AV600 includes two 80GB 5400 RPM serial ATA hard disk drives (for a total of 160GB) that incorporate Toshiba RAID software to give consumers the flexibility of storage capacity using both drives or secure data redundancy on one drive, 1024MB DDR2 memory, and a fixed DVD SuperMulti Double Layer optical drive compatible with current DVD formats.

The G35-AV600 includes the QosmioPlayer, allowing users to watch TV, DVDs or listen to CDs with a quick touch of a button on the unit or on the remote control without booting up the Windows operating system. With this feature, Qosmio owners can enjoy audio or video content within seconds just as if they were using a stand-alone TV, stereo or DVD player.

With its 5-in-1 bridge media adapter and generous connectivity options, Qosmio users can access and share photo and video content quickly and easily, or hook-up their camcorder to display home movies.

All Qosmio AV notebooks come with a one-year limited warranty with Toshiba’s premier global service. Customers can choose from several service options, including At-Home Repair, carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country for same-day or next-day service, or utilize any of more than 3,000 UPS stores for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for 24-hour service turnaround.

Qosmio G35-AV600 Product Specifications
Processor: Intel(R) Centrino(R) Duo Mobile Technology
featuring the Intel Core(TM) Duo Processor(2)
T2400 (Dual 1.83 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache)
Display: 17-inch diagonal widescreen Ultimate TruBrite(TM)
TFT active-matrix LCD display WXGA with 1440×900
native resolution; QosmioEngine for enhanced
display; 256MB VRAM
System Chipset: Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset
Graphics Controller: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 with 256MB GDDR2 discrete
graphics(3) memory
Memory: 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM memory(5)
Hard Drive: 160GB (5400 rpm) using two 80GB Serial-ATA (SATA)
hard disk drives(4)
Optical Drive: Front slot-loading DVD SuperMulti Double Layer
Wireless: Integrated Intel Pro/Wireless(7) Network
Connection 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g); Bluetooth(R)
version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
Ports: 4 USB v. 2.0, RGB, TV out (S-Video and component
via D-connector cable), AV IN (S-Video and
connector and composite/monitor/line-IN), RJ-45
LAN port, RJ-11, i-Link(R)1394, S/PDIF Optical
Audio Output
TV Tuner: Integrated Toshiba TV Tuner
Input Devices: QosmioPlayer (instant-on CD/DVD/TV), Microsoft
Windows Media Center Edition remote control with
numeric keypad, keyboard, mouse; Dual Mode Pad
pointing device
Slots: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter (Secure Digital(R),
Memory Stick(TM), Memory Stick PRO(TM), Multi
Media Card, xD Picture Card); PCMCIA PC Card
slot; ExpressCard slot
Audio: Dolby Home Theater(TM); harman/kardon(R) stereo
speakers; 1-bit digital amplifier
Battery: 6-cell (4700mAh) Lithium Ion
Operating System: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition
Dimensions: 16.0 x 11.6 x 1.79 inches
Weight: 10.1 lbs.(8)

Source: Toshiba press release

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