updated 10:10 am EDT, Tue July 24, 2007
Toshiba Qosmio G45 Ships
Toshiba today rolled out the Qosmio G45 from its factories, signaling the first appearance of notebooks with HD DVD recording. The flagship AV680 model can record dual-layer 30GB discs in the high-definition format as well as legacy CDs and DVDs, and is fully capable of playing movies both on its own 17-inch, 1920x1200 screen and on flat-panel TVs through HDMI output. Graphics are powered by a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT fast enough for both HD videos and the most recent games. Those interested in authoring content can also take advantage of a large amount of storage: the stock model comes loaded with dual 160GB drives.
The reference model also includes a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory with a 1GB Turbo Memory cache for faster disk performance, 802.11n wireless, and a 4.1-channel harman/kardon sound system with a 1-bit digital amp and Dolby Home Theater support for actual or virtual surround sound. The system ships bundled with Vista Ultimate, a USB HDTV tuner, and a remote for $3,200 and should be available within the next few days at Toshiba's online store and at many larger electronics shops.