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<p>Taking notebooks to a stunning new level of excitement, and perfect for those looking for that something extra, Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD) introduces the Qosmio G40. Not only is it the world’s first notebook with an integrated Hybrid TV Tuner, it also incorporates the latest Intel® Centrino® Duo processor and a high definition (HD) DVD-R optical drive that plays and records in full 1080p resolution.</p>
<p>At the cutting-edge of PC technology, users can also watch TV on the Qosmio G40, with its Twin DVBT TV Tuner and Dolby surround sound, delivering a cinematic experience.</p>
<p>Enhancing the HD digital experience, the Qosmio G40 multimedia machine burns up to 30GB of data including home videos, photo albums and music libraries, onto one HD DVD-R disc. In addition to the storage capacity, the HD DVD-R optical drive also plays HD DVD movies in full 1080p, with six times the detail and sharpness, than the standard DVD format.</p>
<p>“HD DVD is the future of high definition entertainment and the Qosmio G40 is an example of the incredible convergence opportunities for consumers,” said Mark Whittard, general manager, Toshiba ISD. “By adding a writable HD DVD drive, Toshiba once again sets the bar for high definition experiences on the notebook computer. The Qosmio G40 is a portable home theatre ideal for watching films in stunning 1080p quality or unlocking interactive experiences.”</p>
<p>A connected home on your desktop
The Qosmio G40 offers extensive multimedia and HD entertainment features. This powerful and versatile mobile device is an HD DVD / HDD / DVD recorder, boasts a 17-inch widescreen LCD TV and includes a virtual surround sound system.</p>
<p>Users can connect the Qosmio G40’s HDMI port to a HD TV to expand the functionality of their home entertainment centre. Once connected to an HDTV, the Qosmio G40 can deliver a 1080p movie with all the unsurpassed quality of HD DVD.</p>
<p>The enhanced technology of HD DVD provides Qosmio users with a groundbreaking level of interactivity that revolutionises how people watch movies. Features, such as in-movie commentary and downloadable internet content via its standard and wireless connections, provide layers of valuable options that reach deeper into the moviemaking process, such as highlighting interesting details concerning real-life set locations, as well as high definition movie trailers and music videos.</p>
<p>Additionally, the Qosmio G40 includes two integrated analogue and digital TV Tuners, which support worldwide TV broadcasting formats. It also means it is simple to record from the both TV Tuners at once, which is a feature not previously available.</p>
<p>High performance in a class of its own
As the most complete entertainment notebook available, the Qosmio G40 takes the gaming experience even further. The DirectX10 enabled NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics card and Qosmio engine combine to propel next-generation games to new heights of realism, by faithfully reproducing textures in hair, facial and body features, while providing a richly detailed environment for an immersive gaming experience.</p>
<p>To maximise the functionality of the Qosmio G40 and its HD DVD-R drive, Toshiba’s digital lifestyle application Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® has been included. With this value-added software, users can easily import and edit high definition and standard digital home movie footage to create personal masterpieces.</p>
<p>The Qosmio G40’s clean black and white design is starkly contrasted by its silver volume and AV control keys, each backlit by a halo of blue light.</p>
<p>The Qosmio G40 comes with one year international parts and labour warranty, including complimentary courier pick-up and return service (Australia and New Zealand).</p>
<p>Pricing and availability
The recommended retail price for the Qosmio G40 is $4,999 including GST and is available at Dick Smith Powerhouse, selected Harvey Norman, David Jones, MYER, Domayne & Clive Peeters stores.</p>
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 161,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over A$73billion on a consolidated basis. Toshiba is the leader in the Australian notebook market, with 21.6% of the market in calendar year in 2006 (IDC) remaining as leader both in market share and revenue.
Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&D budget, roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area. Toshiba ISD extended its business in 2007 to include Toshiba’s audio visual (AV) products. This expansion is a consolidation of the company’s IT and AV technology offerings and drives Toshiba Corporation to be a key player in the Australian computing and home entertainment market.
Instrumental in the DVD revolution, Toshiba Corporation now introduces its HD DVD format, offering incredible image quality and realism where sound and pictures come to life. Continuing its commitment to innovation and market leadership, Toshiba is providing Australians with the next generation of High Definition products.
Since it pioneered the notebook market in 1985, Toshiba ISD has sold more than 1.75 million notebooks in Australia and New Zealand and in 2006 celebrated its 21st anniversary of providing market leading mobile computing solutions.
Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>