Toshiba Information Systems Division (ISD) in New Zealand. Toshiba’s high-end Qosmio G30 AV-notebook is the first product to incorporate the new standard in storage and viewing, now upgraded with an integrated HD-DVD drive.
With greater storage capacity on a single disk, HD-DVD is an advancement upon the standard DVD technology. It allows consumers to experience more intense, clear and crisp imagery and audio than possible on today’s DVDs, for a more cinema-quality experience of movies at home.
Beyond the ‘viewing’ element of high definition television (HD-TV), HD-DVD also enables people to download, record, store and playback the latest movies in high definition format. For those with a home network, HD-DVD will also make it easy to copy movies to the computer hard drive and send it to other rooms in the house to be viewed.
HD DVD discs comes with a maximum storage capacity of 30GB, 25GB more than standard DVDs. The format is backed by major content and hardware providers including Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Cinema and Warner Home Video, Hitachi and Canon.
More than 200 HD-DVD movie titles are expected to be released in the United States over the course of the year, which will filter into Australia and New Zealand, enabling enthusiasts to build their HD-DVD library.
Toshiba’s first HD-DVD offering is the Qosmio G30, a four-in-one mobile entertainment unit with integrated HD-DVD drive.
The new model G30 can play and record movies and television shows in both high definition and standard format, in addition to being a television, virtual surround system and portable Microsoft XP Media Center PC.
The Qosmio G30 comes with a 17-inch widescreen UXGA display screen with a brightness and colour saturation that can be compared to that of LCD television. The display also has anti-glare technology to deflect outside light for better daytime and outdoor viewing. It also has an integrated analogue and digital TV Tuner, which supports worldwide TV broadcasting formats.
At the heart of the new notebook is the Intel Core Duo Processor T2600 with Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology, 11024MB (512+512MB) RAM and two internal HDD with a total of 200GB (100GB+100GB). These discs can be used in RAID 0 or RAID 1, configurable by the user.
A nVidia GeForce 7600 with 256MB GDDR3 powers the display adapter, an Intel High Definition (HD) Audio with Dolby Home Theatre Technology provides surround sound from only two speakers.
The laptop also comes with built-in modem, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth v2.0 EDR.
Consumers will be able to purchase the system with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 pre-installed, with a start price of NZ$6,499.