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Toshiba launches multimedia notebooks

Two new notebooks from Toshiba America Information Systems aim to address important segments of the notebook market with a Media Center desktop replacement notebook and a more portable system based on Intel Centrino technology.

The Satellite P25-S670 comes with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and a 17-inch widescreen display. TAIS, a division of Toshiba, expected consumers will watch films and store their digital media on this notebook.

Desktop replacement notebooks helped to resurrect the PC market in 2002 and 2003, as consumers flocked to replace their older desktops. They were attracted by the ability to get performance similar to a desktop in a package that could be carted around the house from room to room.

The P25-S670 is the most powerful system in Toshiba's multimedia notebook lineup, but it weighs a hefty 4.5kg. It comes with Intel's older desktop processor technology based on the Northwood core, rather than the Prescott chip.

The P25-S670 costs $2,699 with a 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), an 80Gbyte hard drive, a DVD-RAM/-RW/CD-RW multifunction optical drive, a GeForce FX Go5700 graphics card from Nvidia with 128Mbytes of video memory, and an integrated 802.11a/802.11g wireless chip.

Meanwhile, the Satellite M25-S320 comes with Intel's Centrino package of the Pentium M processor, a mobile chipset, and the Pro/Wireless 2200BG chip.

The M25-S320 weighs in at just under 3kg, but is still fairly heavy for the needs of business travellers. Instead, this notebook is designed for consumers and students who need a lighter notebook but still want to watch films on its 15.4-inch widescreen display and burn CDs.

It costs $1,799 with a 1.5GHz Pentium M processor, 512Mbytes of DDR SDRAM, a 60Gbyte hard drive, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive, Nvidia's GeForce FX Go5200 with 32Mbytes of video memory, and Intel's 802.11g wireless chip.

Both notebooks are available immediately through Toshiba's website and in retail stores.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service


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