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article imageOp-Ed: Toshiba shows off gadgets ahead of holiday season Special

By Andrew Moran     Oct 16, 2009 in Technology
From the latest buzz of LED televisions to the netbook that every frugal student wants, Toshiba is throwing the net wide this year, emphasizing it has something for everyone this holiday season.
As consumers gear up for the holiday season, electronics manufacturer Toshiba held a media preview day in Toronto to present the latest gadgets to tech fans. The company had a wide array of goods on display, from their latest LED and LCD televisions, Blu-ray disc players, and laptops.
A variety of business travellers need the basic word processor, e-mail and media gadgets for their long business trips and Toshiba offers a high-end notebook for the lengthy plane ride to the opposite end of the country.
Many people also want to have entertainment on the go, which is perfect for the long drive on family vacations or students who want to watch films on their lunch breaks or spares (or boring classes).
Televisions - (SV, ZV, XV, RV, AV, LV Series)
Toshiba Electronics Showcase 2009/2010
Toshiba Electronics Showcase 2009/2010
Televisions have come a long way from the old days of black and white screens with rabbit ears all the way to 3D home entertainment systems. Toshiba gives the serious couch potato an opportunity to view their favorite programs or films in a whole different way.
“LED is the way of the future,” as one product demonstrator stated, as he was showing this Digital Journalist the 940 LED bulbs that turn on and off within a fraction of a millisecond, which couldn’t be truer. LED has stunned many journalists and consumers with its amazing technology. LED televisions not only save you between 30 and 50 percent on your home energy bill but they also provide the viewer the following:
• Infinity flush deep lagoon design: The panel connects directly to the screen instead of having space in between the sides of the television, which gives you a nice smooth feeling and an absolute large picture.
• High resolution plus: Ever pause a motion picture and see a person’s face as a blur? A viewer doesn’t have to do that anymore. Just turn on the high resolution feature and prepared to watch fast moving images without any blur or smudge.
• Dolby Volume: A lot of television viewers complain about different volumes of television stations. One channel could have a concert and the volume could be at max or you could turn to NBC and watch “Law and Order” but the sound is dull. Once again, Toshiba has an answer to that. Instead of having fluctuations in sound, Dolby Volume has the television adapt to each channel without the annoyance of changing volume controls
• USB ports: This important feature allows the owner to look at their photo albums from their USB device, listen to their MP3 players or anything else that is USB compatible.
The SV Series gives you the top-notch quality and costs between $3,100 and $3,500. However, be wary of the 55” television, as it takes two people to lift.
The ZV series give you similar features as the SV series such as Dolby Volume, 4 HDMI Inputs at fast reactionary times, USB ports, Resolution plus and Clear Scan and these range in price from $1,700 to $2,900 and have sizes between 19” all the way up to 55”.
Entertainment – (Portable DVD player, BDX2000 Blu-ray disc player, XDE-600 DVD player)
Travel entertainment is very important for parents who want their child amused as the 3,000 km journey begins. That is why Toshiba’s SD-P93SW portable DVD player fits this specific aspect of a vacation.
The 9” widescreen LCD display swivels and rotates; it contains 5 hours of battery life (also comes with a car adapter), DivX playback and dual headphone outputs (yes, parents don’t need to hear Spongebob Square Pants jokes).
If you are interested in the Regza HDTV series then a perfect companion would be the BDX2000 Blu-ray systems to meet your state-of-the-art home entertainment system. Toshiba’s Blu-ray player has a lot of neat features such as 1080p/24 frames per second HD video output, a SD card slot and, if you’re not satisfied with the sound, the device contains full support of audio formats from Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio | Essential.
Toshiba Electronics Showcase 2009/2010
Toshiba Electronics Showcase 2009/2010
But of course if you’re a consumer and not familiar with Blu-ray, Toshiba provides its customers with the XDE-600 DVD player, that also has HD conversion. It provides users WMA and MP3 playbacks for iPods and other music devices, JPEG viewer, DivX video files and other intelligent processing technologies that create a vivid image but also reduces sound within the screen.
Computers – (Laptops, Netbooks)
Toshiba Electronics Showcase 2009/2010
Toshiba Electronics Showcase 2009/2010
As previously mentioned, Toshiba has created a laptop for the ultimate gamer, packaging features such as Dolby audio, Harman kardon speakers, NVDIA GeForce GTS 250M graphics with 1GB of DDR4 video memory and - the most important factor - a 1 terabyte hard drive, which contains two 500 GB hard drives.
This personal computer is called the Qosmio X500 that costs $2,200, which also contains a Blu-ray disc
player, 18.4” display with 1920 X1080 resolution and a HDMI-CEC port.
Gaming not your thing? More serious about your schoolwork or that latest presentation you have to deliver for your boss? Then a mini NB200 works for the go-getter who constantly needs to do work on the road. This series contains a 160GB hard drive, face recognition, a built-in webcam and a sleep and charge feature, which the product demonstrator really emphasized because this attribute charges the battery (9 hours) while it becomes inactive after non-use.
Toshiba 2009/2010 Electronics Demonstration
Toshiba 2009/2010 Electronics Demonstration
Also, it only weighs 2.53lbs. The mini NB200's prices range from $429 to $479 and available in five colors: pink, blue, brown, white and black.
For the more serious personal computer user then one might look into purchasing the Satellite series that include all of the above features but at higher levels such as 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR2 memory, Blu-ray disc player, face recognition, Eco button and a HDMI-CEC port.
Toshiba 2009/2010 Electronics Demonstration
Toshiba 2009/2010 Electronics Demonstration
The Satellite series ranges from $699 to $1399.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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