Although affordability is often a key concern when choosing a laptop, if you want the very best performance it can be worth spending a bit extra. Features such as superior quality of display are expected if you are forking out a lot for a multimedia laptop and Toshiba has achieved an extremely high standard in the 17in screen of its Qosmio G40 10E. Supporting HD-DVD playback, we were impressed by the Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E’s smooth and crisp display when watching high-definition films. But the multimedia capabilities don't stop there as the Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E incorporates an HDDVD writable drive.

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The Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E is attractive from the outside, with its glossy dark blue casing and silver lettering. But while the white interior may look clean, the obtrusive dials, flashing lights and large speakers are slightly less stylish. The Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E's panel of media keys featuring above the well designed keyboard are touch sensitive, so by running your finger over them you can activate such functions as Windows Media Center. This entertainment machine also comes with a media centre remote for added convenience. The Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E's touchpad is just the right size and buttons were also user-friendly and there is even a fingerprint reader incorporated into the centre for enhanced security.

To accompany the Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E's superior display and impressive WorldBench score of 70, the Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E also offers exceptional sound quality due to the Dolby Home Theatre Realtek Audio. The Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E really packs in some power with its 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and throws in a hefty 2GB DDR2 RAM of memory.

The Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E's graphics display is a very decent 512MB nVidia 8600M GT graphics card, and the multitude of connectivity options include ExpressCard and PC card slots, a 5-in-1 card reader, connection to a, g and draft-N wireless networks, five USB ports and Bluetooth. The price may put some off but if you are willing to pay a little extra the Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E has some impressive specs on offer.

Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E: Specs

  • 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • 400GB
  • 17in
  • 1920 x 1200 display
  • nVidia GeForce 8600M GT
  • 802.11 a/g/n
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 440mm x 230mm x 38mm
  • 4.4kg
  • 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • 400GB
  • 17in
  • 1920 x 1200 display
  • nVidia GeForce 8600M GT
  • 802.11 a/g/n
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 440mm x 230mm x 38mm
  • 4.4kg

OUR VERDICT

The Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E is a powerful and well performing laptop that’s especially well suited to multimedia functions. With the Toshiba Qosmio G40 10E's inclusion of an HD-DVD writable drive, 2.0Mp camera, TV tuner, a large hard drive and decent amount of memory we really can't complain.

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