updated 09:15 am EDT, Mon August 28, 2006
Qosmio G35 Core 2 Duo
As previously expected, the first Core 2 Duo laptops have been announced today. Most of these announcements will focus on performance models such as Toshiba's new variant of the Qosmio G35. The G35-AV660 is an upgrade to the already high-end AV650 model that introduced HD DVD to laptops. Its drive can still only read the next-generation format (though it can read and write CDs and DVDs), but numerous other aspects of the system have received an upgrade: the AV660 receives a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, an increase to 2GB of RAM, and 240GB of total storage to make it one of the more complete media center laptops available. Accordingly, the $3500 price will limit the AV660 primarily to users whose laptop replaces their desktop computer and television at the same time.