Toshiba to Offer Notebook Computers with HD DVD Playback

Toshiba announces that the Satellite P205, Satellite X205 and Qosmio F45 will be the company's first mainstream mobile solutions to incorporate HD DVD drives, while the Qosmio G45 will be the first U.S. notebook computer with a writeable HD DVD optical drive, and will be available to consumers in time for the back-to-school season. The new HD DVD enabled Toshiba Satellite and Qosmio notebook computers will have estimated single unit prices that will range from $1,449 to $3,199, depending on model and configuration. In terms of screen size, the Satellite P205, Satellite X205 and Qosmio G45 will be equipped with high-resolution 17-inch diagonal widescreen displays, while the Qosmio F45 will take advantage of a healthy 15.4-inch diagonal widescreen display.

Additionally the Toshiba Satellite X205, Qosmio F45 and Qosmio G45 notebook computers are equipped with an HDMI port and can be connected to any high definition display or television at home, on the road or in a dorm room to deliver pure HD DVD content without fear of image degradation. The Qosmio G45 is capable of output resolutions up to 1080p, while the Satellite X205 will offer an output of up to 1080i output.

In addition to the HD DVD playback, which has resolution six times sharper than the DVD format, the Qosmio G45 notebook computer provides users with a state-of-the-art HD DVD-R optical drive that can burn up to 30 GB of data, including video or entire photo and music libraries, onto a single HD DVD recordable disc.

The enhanced technology of HD DVD provides a groundbreaking level of interactive usage that will change how people watch movies. Such features as in-movie commentary and downloadable internet content will provide layers of valuable features that delve deeper into the moviemaking process, highlighting interesting details concerning real-life set locations, as well as High Definition movie trailers and music videos.

A key benefit of using a notebook computer as a conduit for HD DVD playback is the standard Ethernet and wireless ports, which makes it possible to quickly and easily access internet content. New releases, such as last summer's blockbuster "Blood Diamond", provide enhanced High Definition content only available through the internet. Meanwhile, the list of HD DVD titles has swelled to nearly 300, with such releases as: "The Matrix Trilogy", "Letters From Iwo Jima", "Smokin' Aces", and "Dream Girls."

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