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On The Move Media Center with Toshiba

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 26, 2008 4:00 am

Hi-Def in Bed


If you're one of those geeks that like to catch up on their daily TV in bed (guilty!), then you're all good to go. The huge 17" screen and five speakers work great for anyone who is looking to get a bit of TV in before it's bedtime.



With the built in wireless or onboard networking you can find yourself streaming content that you've recorded during the day on your server or main PC. If you're looking for something with a bit more clarity and punch then you may find yourself chucking a HD-DVD in the drive.


Hi-Def on the Desk


So, you've got a decent sized monitor but you still find yourself literally using every pixel on the screen. What you will probably find yourself quickly doing is setting the G40 just to the side of you and whacking on a HD-DVD to enjoy in all its 1080P glory.



If you want to kick it up a notch you can take the speaker cables out the back of your PC and run them into the G40 to get some real thumping sound happening, depending on your speakers of choice.


Hi-Def on the Go


There are so many other places where you could get into watching HD content on the go, but there is a problem with the G40. With wanting to offer a screen that is capable of 1920 x 1080, you need to have a certain size screen. The 17" screen capable of 1920 x 1200 is nothing short of beautiful; and while you're not going to be complaining about watching a movie in all its 1080P glory, if you find yourself in a smaller location then the 4.8Kg of notebook might be a bit too much for you.



The whole foot print is actually quite large coming in at 44cm x 30cm x 4.5cm. The other thing is the large screen; all those pixels and multiple hard drives don't exactly do wonders for the battery life. With a movie in play and the brightness turned down on the screen you're going to find yourself with less than two hours play, so you might want to find yourself sticking to those 90 minute movies.


The G40 is a desktop replacement, and for that reason you can't expect the portability and battery life that a 13.1" notebook gives you.


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