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Old 09-25-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Toshiba Announces Industry’s Most Complete Portfolio of High-Definition Laptops

Low end HD DVD laptop at $1150. Not bad. Also, five free HD DVD deal will apply.

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IRVINE, Calif. (BusinessWire EON) September 25, 2007 -- Toshiba’s Digital Product Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that it has further expanded its lineup of HD DVD-ROM capable notebook computers to give users the industry’s fullest portfolio of high-definition mobile computing solutions mixing price points and screen sizes. These five HD DVD-based notebooks will be showcased this week during the DigitalLife tradeshow in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Booth (#621) this week.

HD DVD is the future of the high-definition lifestyle and we are excited to make this revolutionary technology available to everyone at an affordable price
The five Toshiba HD DVD enabled notebook computers, include the Qosmio® G45, Qosmio F45, Satellite® X205, Satellite P205 and Satellite A205 with select configurations starting as low as $1,1491. These HD DVD enabled notebooks feature high-definition widescreen displays with resolutions of either 720p or 1080p and sizes ranging from 15.4-inches to 17-inches.

Along with the attractive price points of the HD DVD notebook and a growing number of approximately 330 HD DVD movie titles, such as “300,” “Disturbia,” “Heroes,” “The Matrix Trilogy,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Smokin’ Aces” and “Dream Girls,” Toshiba is offering a limited time giveaway incentive. With the purchase of a HD DVD enabled Toshiba notebook, consumers qualify to receive five HD DVD titles for free, from a selection of 15 popular titles, via a mail-in offer. Eligible models and complete offer details are available at www.toshibadirect.com/hddvdpc, and will extend until February 28, 2008.

The HD DVD format provides viewers with a visual experience that is beyond the current DVD standard, in terms of resolution and sound quality. Today’s DVD format has a maximum playback resolution of 480p, while HD DVDs offer an image resolution that is up to six times sharper. Next-generation HD DVDs provide a viewing experience with brighter colors, enhanced details and greater overall image sharpness, which can be compared to the dramatic quality leap forward from VHS to DVD.

In terms of sound quality, each HD DVD enabled notebook computer has the capability of outputting a cinema-like audio experience, through Dolby® Home Theater™ or Dolby Sound Room™ technology. The Qosmio G45, Qosmio F45 and Satellite X205 utilize Dolby Home Theater technology, which places the user in the middle of the onscreen action for a rich and engaging surround sound experience from a variety of audio outputs, such as stereos, multi-channel audio sources, headphones, and 2-channel or 5.1-channel speaker systems and built-in Harman Kardon® Bass Reflex stereo speakers with subwoofer. Meanwhile, the Satellite P205 and Satellite A205 notebooks harness Dolby Sound Room Technology, which delivers an amazing virtual surround sound experience from stereo speakers or any pair of headphones. Dolby Sound Room is designed for environments where multiple surround speakers are neither practical nor possible.

“HD DVD is the future of the high-definition lifestyle and we are excited to make this revolutionary technology available to everyone at an affordable price,” said Mark Simons, vice president and general manager, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “Being able to watch high-definition content across a wide range of our Satellite and Qosmio notebooks or via an HDTV is an experience that we are confident will thrill our users.”

Along with the superior image quality made possible by HD DVD, Microsoft’s HDi technology delivers an unprecedented and unique level of content interactivity that will change how people watch and experience movies. HDi introduces users to such features as picture-in-picture visual director’s commentary and instant scene book-marking, for instant access to a user’s favorite scenes on-the-fly.

Unlike today’s DVD viewing experience, HD DVD interactive features can be enjoyed while the film is playing, as there is no need to stop the movie and return to the title menu. HD DVD is an intuitive means for learning about the interesting details that make the magic behind the moviemaking process, accessing exclusive high-definition internet content, such as high-definition movie trailers, music videos and other exclusive content. Toshiba’s HD DVD notebook computers are a unique conduit for maximizing the HD DVD experience, since Ethernet and wireless ports makes it possible to quickly and easily access the internet.

For a larger viewing experience, select Toshiba HD DVD enabled notebooks include an HDMI port and can be connected to an HDTV to deliver a pure high-definition image that will equal the resolution capability of the HDTV itself, up to 1080p.

The Qosmio G45, Qosmio F45, Satellite X205, Satellite P205 and Satellite A205 featuring HD DVD drives, and will be available at www.toshibadirect.com and at a variety of major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile product and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba has more than 191,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US $60 billion (FY2006). For more information on Toshiba’s leading innovations, visit the company’s Web site at www.toshiba.com.

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Old 09-25-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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A starting price of $1150 is pretty good, but I seriously hope that these HD-DVD equipped laptops all have at least 2 gigs of memory as my laptop chugs like you wouldn't believe with Vista on just 1 gig. I also hope they have the upgraded LCD screens or people arn't going to be able to visually see the difference.
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Very nice article. Toshiba has power with its notebooks, they averagel sales at about 8 million units per year.

I just may get one when they are released

Here is a good HD DVD notebook at a great price.
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...HO&poid=383431
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I don't quite understand something here! Are these HD DVD ROM drive only or do they have the ability to write to CD & DVD formats too?
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:11 AM   #5
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They are HD DVD & DVD Dual Layer burners. So, yes. I am also prety sure they are 4x & 8x HD DVD burners, but I could be wrong.

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HD DVD-ROM/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive), supporting 12 formats
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Nice I know what notebook I am getting next year.
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If the Canadian prices don't come down, then I am getting it shipped from the US.
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Not that Laptop owners actually watch a ton of movies but considering they sell about as many if not more lap tops a year compared to the PS3, total HD DVD install base (including PS3) could
easily overtake Blu Ray by next year. Stand alone players already greatly favor hd dvd.

With them giving away hD movies you would figure people like also be interested in buying HD DVD players. You can't deny this will have an effect on the industry.
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Yup, is should really have an effect. Toshiba is a trusted name. I know several people that connect their notebooks via S-Video & audio cables to their TV's and watch movies that way, like say DivX & stuff.

People will use notebooks to watch movies, I almost guarantee it. If you go out to a business trip say, and you stay in a hotel, well why not put a HD DVD movie on for the night. Just plug the notebook into the wall mount and away you go. The 17" WS looks good.

My sis is getting a Toshiba HD notebooks so that she can hook in up to her 37" HDTV. Now she has a player & a notebook all in one I am going to do the same, along with my best friend.
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Yup, is should really have an effect. Toshiba is a trusted name. I know several people that connect their notebooks via S-Video & audio cables to their TV's and watch movies that way, like say DivX & stuff.

People will use notebooks to watch movies, I almost guarantee it. If you go out to a business trip say, and you stay in a hotel, well why not put a HD DVD movie on for the night. Just plug the notebook into the wall mount and away you go. The 17" WS looks good.

My sis is getting a Toshiba HD notebooks so that she can hook in up to her 37" HDTV. Now she has a player & a notebook all in one I am going to do the same, along with my best friend.
SOme of the new models are going to come with DVI outputs on them and I am sure HDMI will not be to far behind so then you have a great connetion from your notebook to your HDTV.
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SOme of the new models are going to come with DVI outputs on them and I am sure HDMI will not be to far behind so then you have a great connetion from your notebook to your HDTV.
How about a DVI to HDMI addapter I have one for my HD 2600XT GDDR4
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Not that Laptop owners actually watch a ton of movies but considering they sell about as many if not more lap tops a year compared to the PS3, total HD DVD install base (including PS3) could
easily overtake Blu Ray by next year. Stand alone players already greatly favor hd dvd.

With them giving away hD movies you would figure people like also be interested in buying HD DVD players. You can't deny this will have an effect on the industry.
That's a good point about the install base. The BDA loves to claim all PS3s as part of their install base, so the HD DVD-A can obviously do the same with the Toshiba laptops. Even though the laptop attach rate may be lower than that of the PS3, it will have an effect as you say. I will probably buy one myself next year.
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Toshiba already sold a dump load of HD DVD notebooks Awesome. I wonder how the Holiday Season will be like for HD DVD. Hope Toshiba pushes HD DVD way over & beond.

Toshiba has around 20 different notebooks models with HD DVD-ROM & RAM drives.
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Anyone who gets the Micro Centre ad in the mail should check out the first page as it features this new $1150 laptop with an HD-DVD-rom drive. It is a very nice deal as it also comes with 2 gigs of system memory. Even better is that the advertisement says that it is one sale. You get a $50 mail in rebate from Micro Centre with the purchase of this laptop, and then a $100 rebate on this laptop if you open up and use a Micro Centre Visa rewards card for the purchase. That means that you can buy this laptop for $1100, or even as little as $1000!!! Heck, we've got BDP's with barebones features selling for more than this
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