Toshiba Ships HD DVD-R Notebook in Japan

Previously announced by Toshiba at January's CES 2007, the Qosmio G30/97A notebook has shipped in Japan, marking the first time a notebook system has shipped with an HD DVD-R drive. The notebook is available for about ¥373,365 (just under $3,100 USD). The electronics and computer maker says the system will definitely be offered overseas, although the company still doesn't have timetables or pricing. Hitachi-Maxell is now offering 15 GB single-sided HD DVD blank media for ¥1,500 each (about $$12.40 USD).

The G30/97A is an entertainment-focused notebook with a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a standard 1 GB of RAM, and a 17-inch LCD display (1920x1280 max resolution) powered by a 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 controller. The notebook includes analog and digital TV tuner plus VGA, S-Video, and HDMI output. Don't forget the gigabit Ethernet card, USB 2.0, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking, a PCMCIA slot, an ExpressCard slot and a multi-format media card reader. The notebook weighs a hefty 10.6 pounds and ships with Windows Vista Home Premium.

News source: Digital Trends

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really, whats the point in putting one of these burners in a laptop? ... cause it aint like the media is cheap anyways (12-13dollars per disc, which means super rich only!, and even then it's borderline stupid to burn these disc unless it's just "something to play with" sorta thing... im figuring 2dollars TOPS per disc before it gets within somewhat affordable ranges.

plus 3100 dollars for a laptop.... u gotta be stupid (or rich) to put that much money into a laptop or even a pc for that matter.

Slimy said,
Fixed. I didn't catch their typo before I posted it. Thanks for pointing it out.

You're welcome. Does this notebook burn HD-DVD's I wonder. I've seen the Blu-Ray equivalent in a shopping mall in Malaysia and it is quite nice (though price wise I might as well get a motorcycle as its cheaper and much more useful ).

I hope that prices will continue to go down as I really would like HD content but I don't want to make a hasty decision. Anyway, HD content in Malaysia is basically non-existant anyway so what am I complaining about :P ?

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