The Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600

The Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600 is the self-proclaimed top multimedia notebook on the market. It’s not exaggerating by much. One look at its 17-inch wide-screen display, with the latest in high-gloss coating and a WXGA+ and 1,440 x 900-pixel resolution, and you’ll know that this laptop is for viewing pleasure. With this display, size does matter, but so does how Toshiba backs it up with technological know-how. The QosmioEngine video enhancement helps to clarify the picture, while Ultimate TruBrite help to provide brightness with dual-light backlighting.

But you need to be able to tap into that display to enjoy it, and the Toshiba is loaded to bear with ports and apps to maximize its multimedia uses. First, there’s an antenna port that works along with the integrated TV tuner, or for Sopranos and other cable TV programs, use the TV coaxial cable adapter. To orchestrate your multimedia tooling around, the Qosmio G35 comes with the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center operating system, as well as software for burning DVDs and music, photo, and data CDs.

It’s also the little things that do it. For one-touch fun, the Toshiba Qosmio G35 features 12 multimedia buttons, as well as an amazingly simple innovation, a volume dial that can even be used while the laptop is shut. And get this-the touchpad can be programmed so that a touch in a certain spot can launch your favorite app, on another spot, open the Start menu. For security freaks, there’s also a fingerprint reader.

It’s the big things that do it, too. This Toshiba wouldn’t be number one in multimedia laptops if not for its’ dual-core Intel 1.83-GHz T2400 processor. It wouldn’t quite be so quick without its 1 GB of DDR2, and its display surely wouldn’t perform as well as it does without the aid of an Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 with 256MB of its own GDDR2 memory.

If you’re a business road warrior or college student seeking a portable notebook then shelling out for the hunky 10.1 pound Qosmio 35 probably isn’t a good idea. But if you’re looking for a desktop replacement multimedia monster, that could even replace your television and home entertainment center (just in time for the world cup), this laptop could be right up your tech alley.

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By Matthew Brodsky – Laptopical

Monday, June 05, 2006