image002  Toshiba claims world’s first notebook with HD DVD ROM drive

Toshiba today continued its roll out of HD DVD products with the launch in Japan of the world’s first notebook offering an HD DVD-ROM drive.

The Qosmio G30/697HS will be available in the Japan market in mid-May, as the latest product in the company’s line-up of AV notebooks. Along with playback of HD DVD content, the new Qosmio can read and write to current DVD and CD discs, including DVD+/-R DL (dual-layer) and DVD-RAM.

image002  Toshiba claims world’s first notebook with HD DVD ROM drive

Toshiba today continued its roll out of HD DVD products with the launch in Japan of the world’s first notebook offering an HD DVD-ROM drive.

The Qosmio G30/697HS will be available in the Japan market in mid-May, as the latest product in the company’s line-up of AV notebooks. Along with playback of HD DVD content, the new Qosmio can read and write to current DVD and CD discs, including DVD+/-R DL (dual-layer) and DVD-RAM.

The new notebook’s slim-type 12.7mm-thick drive achieves its thin form factor with an optical system requiring only a single objective lens to read HD DVD discs and to read and write to DVDs and CDs.

The Qosmio G30/697HS integrates two TV tuners, one for digital terrestrial broadcasts, the other for analog terrestrial broadcasts. It runs on an Intel Core Duo Processor T2500 (operating frequency 2.00GHz) with Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 graphics.

The notebook also has a 17-inch WUXGA (1,920×1,200 pixel) display and HDMI (high-definition multi-media interface) output.