Toshiba Announce M100 Series And Qosmio G30 HD-DVD Laptops

Toshiba Announce M100 Series And Qosmio G30 HD-DVD LaptopsToshiba is rolling out its first Satellite models with Intel Core Duo and Core Solo processors.

The new M100 series includes a 14.1-inch display, CD, DVD or DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive, hard drives running from 40GB to 120GB, maximum memory of 2GB, WiFi and a 5-in-1 memory card reader.

A handy Express Media Player lets users access DVDs or CDs without the palaver of booting up Windows.

Toshiba Announce M100 Series And Qosmio G30 HD-DVD LaptopsThe notebooks include Intel’s 945 Express chipset employing Intel Centrino Mobile Technology to reduce power consumption while and give a kick up the backside of the laptop’s graphics to wireless performance.

Running on a choice of XP Home or Pro and fitted with 256MB to 2048MB of RAM , the new Satellite M100 comes in three colours, all with silly names: Peacock, Mist Gray and Sunlight Copper.

Satellite M100 Example Configuration:

Processor: Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology featuring the Intel Core(TM) Duo Processor(a) T2300 (Dual 1.83 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache)
Display: 14-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite(TM) TFT active-matrix LCD display WXGA with 1280×768 native resolution
System Chipset: Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset
Graphics Controller: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Memory: 512MB (2x256MB) DDR2 SDRAM memory
Hard Drive: 60GB (5400 rpm) Serial-ATA (SATA) hard disk drive
Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive supporting +R and -R double layer formats
Wireless: Integrated Intel Pro/Wireless Network Connection 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
Ports: 4 USB 2.0, TV-Out (S-Video), RGB, RJ-11 modem (v.92), RJ-45 LAN, headphone and microphone ports
Slots: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter (Secure Digital(R), Memory Stick(TM), Memory Stick PRO(TM), Multi Media Card, xD Picture Card); PCMCIA PC Card slot
Audio: harman/kardon(R) stereo speakers
Battery: 6-cell (4700mAh) Lithium Ion
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2005
Dimensions: 13.5- x 9.53- x 1.5-inch
Weight: Starting at 5.20 lbs

Qosmio G30 HD-DVD laptop
Toshiba have also announced their first laptop computer with an HD-DVD drive, due to be launched in April.

Toshiba Announce M100 Series And Qosmio G30 HD-DVD LaptopsThe Qosmio G30 is part is of Toshiba’s multimedia PC line and will come with a TV tuner and Dolby Home Theatre support.

Costing from $2,410 upwards, users will be able to watch HD-DVD content on the laptop’s screen or hook it up to a compatible high-definition monitor or television via a HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface).

HD-DVD is currently doing battle with Blu-Ray to become the de facto standard for high-definition content such as movies.

Toshiba Announce M100 Series And Qosmio G30 HD-DVD LaptopsBacked by Toshiba and NEC, it faces heavy competition from the Blu-Ray corner, whose hard-hitting supporters include Sony, Matsushita, Panasonic and Samsung.

Although HD-DVD will initially only be offered in Toshiba’s expensive Qosmio notebook range, the company some models in the cheaper Satellite line may offer HD-DVD by the end of 2006.

Background to HD-DVD/Blu-Ray battle:
Paramount To Offer HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc Movies (Oct 2005)
Unified DVD Format On Rocks (Aug 2005)
Sony, Toshiba May Create Universal Blu-Ray/HD DVD Standard (Apr 2005)