Toshiba to Release First Notebook with HD DVD

Toshiba is set to go head-to-head with Sony’s Blu-Ray disc with the inclusion of rival HD DVD in their newest notebook, the Qosimo G35-AV650.  This is the first notebook computer to include the HD DVD capabilities.  It was announced at the E3 show in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The G35-AV650 includes a 17 inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1200 pixels.  New HD DVD titles are few in number at this time, but approximately 200 titles are expected to be released this year in the new format.  HD DVD PC’s, players, and titles are being released this month, giving HD DVD a head start on Sony, who’s Blu-ray disc and products won’t be released until June.

The Qosimo G35-AV650 includes other great features such as 2Ghz Core Duo processor by Intel, two 100GB hard drives with RAID support for backing up movies and music, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and Nvidia’s GeForce Go 7600 with 256MB of DDR2 memory.  It features Microsoft’s Media Center Edition 2005 operating system.

The downsides to the notebook are it’s weight and the price tag.  It weighs in at a hefty 10.1lbs with a $2999.00 price tag.

The notebook will be available for sale later this week on Toshiba’s website, and should be in stores next week.

Stay tuned for the latest info from the E3 show in Los Angeles.  We’re sure to hear about more great new gadgets and toys that us geeks just can’t get enough of.   

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