HD-DVD on a laptop: Toshiba's Qosmio kicks

Oh man, finally. Toshiba, one of the great innovators in both the PC and consumer electronics world is, at last, beginning to understand that a little sizzle doesn't hurt, especially when you've got to goods to walk the talk.

It may have one of the most exciting products here at CES, i.e., the Qosmio HD-DVD equipped notebook, and for a change, Toshiba is trumpeting its own horn.

During a booth tour Toshiba's folks made a point of showcasing this notebook and, for a company that's infamous for its modesty, that's great news because this is a KILLER laptop, waaaaaay ahead of the competition.

Let's start with the cool stuff. This is the first laptop that will play HD-DVD discs and, even better, lets you use that box to play high-def discs on your TV. Jack this baby via HDMI into a receiver and it'll support 1080p resolution. In effect, you can use this notebook as a high end HD-DVD player. It will be available in March 2006.

But this power notebook can do even more. It is equipped with Intel's Centrino Duo mobile technology-based platform (code-named "Napa") built around Intel's first mobile dual-core processor and it also includes the world's first 1-bit digital amplifier in a notebook PC. Sweet sound, fer sure.

This is a notebook to die for. Its HD-DVD capability is the obvious headline, but it also includes a great illuminated touchpad that allows users, with a single touch, to send email or printout a web page. Nice. I saw a fairly rigorous demo of the box here at CES and it had me ready to open my checkbook on the spot. The high res imaging ported out from the notebook was truly a site to behold, and it was damn nice on the notebook itself.

Count on a full review of this baby when we can get our hands on it next month.

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