Toshiba introduces 17-inch display notebooks

Toshiba has joined Apple Computer among the small number of vendors in the US offering a large 17-inch notebook display – and is likely to introduce the product to Australia in coming months. The new P25-S507 sports a 17-inch display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 900 pixels.

Toshiba built a CD/DVD recorder and two speakers from Harman International Industries into this notebook so customers can use it as a digital entertainment centre. The P25-S507 comes in a fixed configuration with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor with hyperthreading, 512M bytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 60G-byte hard drive, a GeForce FX Go5200 graphics card from Nvidia with 32M bytes of DDR video memory, a CD/DVD-R/RW drive, integrated 802.11a and 802.11b Wi-Fi, and Microsoft's Windows XP Home for an estimated price of $US2,099.

General manager of Information Systems at Toshiba Australia, Ralph Stadus, said the company would make a formal decision on whether to introduce such a 17-inch model to Australia within a fortnight.

He said that while it is highly likely Australia would follow the US lead, it would probably only introduce such models in low volumes.

Apple was the first major notebook manufacturer to release a 17-inch notebook display earlier this year with the launch of a new PowerBook at MacWorld.

But in the Windows space, the lone contender on the Australian market is Acer with its Aspire 1700, released in late May. It also sports a 17-inch display.

Notebook computers have been getting larger and smaller this year.

The launch of Intel's Pentium M processor has allowed notebook manufacturers to build lighter and smaller notebooks with better performance and battery life than allowed by older mobile processors.

Consumers have also snapped up larger notebooks that aren't suitable for travel outside of their homes, but can be moved from room to room without much hassle.

Intel just released the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 for these desktop replacement notebooks, but Toshiba America is sticking with a desktop Pentium 4 processor in the new Satellite notebook.

Mobile processors offer power management capabilities that reduce heat dissipation, but desktop processors offer better performance, and are often the choice of customers that want high-quality multimedia applications in a notebook.

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