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Toshiba Launches First HD DVD Laptop

Toshiba has introduced the first laptop capable of playing next-generation, high-definition DVDs.

The Qosmio G35-AV650 supports the HD DVD format, which Toshiba helped develop, and also plays standard DVDs. Its dual drive can write data onto both standard DVDs and dual-layer discs, which can store twice as much information.

HD DVD is the first of two competing high-definition DVD formats to hit the market, with a standalone player and such movies as MILLION DOLLAR BABY and GOODFELLAS already out and BATMAN BEGINS slated for later in the year. Products in the rival Blu-ray format, backed by Sony Corp., will be available in a few months.

The $3,000 Toshiba laptop sports 17-inch-wide screens that can display images in 1080p high-definition format. An HDMI port supports transfer via cable to high-definition TVs with 1080i resolution.

The computer also has a digital TV tuner that can play signals from a cable or satellite feed and a recorder that allows viewers to pause live TV or recording programs.

The multimedia features can be accessed via remote control without booting up the computer's Windows operating system, making it faster to just watch video or listen to music.

The laptop comes with two 100 GB disk drives to store TV shows and other files.

Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. (www.toshiba.com) is a limited liability company, owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide. Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. is a pioneer in DVD and DVD Recorder technology and a leading manufacturer of a full line of home entertainment products, including flat panel TV, rear and front projection and direct view televisions, home theater projectors, combination products and portable devices. Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with production facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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