Today’s PC aficionado is always on the lookout for ‘something more’ from their computer systems, whether the hardcore gaming computer type or the established extreme professional user.

How about a notebook that acts as a television, digital music player, computer, HD DVD burner and HD DVD player all in one?

Toshiba’s Qosmio G40, built around Intel’s much-ballyhooed mobile Santa Rosa chipset — with the T7300P Core 2 Duo processor — features built-in dual 200GB hard drives, and 2GB RAM standard. Lots of power, memory and storage to handle demanding HD video requirements.

Flip open the lid, and you’re looking at a gorgeous 17-inch screen, delivering resolutions up to 1920 x 1200. The screen’s powered by the GeForce 8600 GT graphics controller from NVIDIA, for excellent gaming and video playback performance.

The Qosmio G40 is the first notebook I have seen with a built-in HD-DVD-R drive, for recording and playback of the highest quality videos and movies. Output from the notebook to an HDTV or widescreen flat panel is easy — the latest HDMI 1.3 connection is built in, eliminating the need for multiple audio and video hook-up cables.

Control over this ultra-capable computer is just as feature-packed. It does have a remote controller, so you could just sit on your comfy couch and watch HD movies all day without getting up! Or, you could use its cool built-in joywheel, located just above the keyboard, and with one finger, spin through your DVDs or music library.

The Qosmio is available in a black and grey colour combination, so it looks as cool as it is capable. As you might expect, it is no lightweight — either in heft, over nine pounds, or in price — it starts at $2,799.

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