Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Ultimate multimedia notebook?

I regularly read the PC Magazine reviews since I find them to be honest and fair. All too often I see reviewers recommend hardware from the same manufacturers time and time again; makes you wonder how objective these folks are. So, when I saw the following statement from PC Mag on the new multimedia machine from Toshiba, I was a little shocked. I don't think you can make a more impressive statement:

The Toshiba Qosmio G25-AV513 is the best multimedia laptop we've seen, especially when it comes to integrating AV features. No other system comes close.

Toshiba Qosmio G25

For the full review click the post link. Look for my thoughts after the jump.

Let's start the few downsides:

1. Weight. This is no portable "mini-me". This lug is a 9.4 pound brick. Actually a standard brick weighs eight points, so this is a brick with a little mortar.
2. Battery life. Any portable powerhouse is likely to have a shorter than average run time and the Qosimo is no exception. Look for battery life around two hours at best.
3. Price. Make no mistake, you're getting a TON of functionality here, but a $2,900 notebook is pushing the limits of the purse-strings.

Now for the key upsides:

1. Built in TV tuner. No external tuner device with this bad boy; it's in there!
2. Plenty of input \ output ports. Composite video for one thing, which is infinitely better than S-Video, RCA jacks, or coaxial cable. However, not as good as modern day digital connectors such as DVI or HDMI.
3. Screen. A brilliant 17" widescreen really brings out the best in TV and DVD programming.
4. Storage. Dual 60GB hard drives bring plenty of DVR capabilities to record your favorite shows.
5. Pre-boot functions. The Qos allows you to watch TV or DVD's without a full bootup.

All in all, if you're looking for a true multimedia notebook, the Toshiba Qosimo looks like the system to beat, provide you don't plan to carry it around!

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