Tosh Announces First Laptop With HD DVD-R

Upgrades the venerable Qosmio G30.

Laptops were always going to get HD DVD writeable drives sooner or later and Toshiba has thankfully decided on sooner.

In an logical upgrade to the excellent Qosmio G30-102 which blew Benny away last November, the company has confirmed that the laptop will soon be receiving the world’s first HD DVD-R drive. Consequently the fiddly digits that follow G30 will now read ‘97A’ instead of ‘102’ which, confusingly, actually sounds like a downgrade.

Elsewhere the G30 97A remains as terrifyingly fearsome as before with a stonking 17in 1920 x 1200 display for Full HD related hi-jinks, sports a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU, (just?) 1GB RAM, dual 160GB HDDs and a 256MB GeForce Go 7600 graphics card.

Being an HD purist’s machine the G30 97A also features the prerequisite HDMI port with HDCP along with every other connection this side of a NASA R&D lab: S-Video, S/PDIF, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, PCMCIA, ExpressCard, USB2.0, FireWire and on and on and on and…

At 400,000 yen (just £1,690) we can’t possibly hope to see a straight GBP conversion though it does suggest that the hardware for next gen media is already beginning to creep down. Well… ”a bit”.

Toshiba UK

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