Powerhouse notebook acts as HD theatre

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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