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Toshiba to revive Qosmio as gaming brand

Leaked images of a reported gaming-oriented Qosmio have us wondering if the Qosmio brand is going gamer.

Michelle Thatcher Former Senior Associate Editor, Laptops
Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.
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Toshiba Qosmio X305

We were just wondering whatever happened to Toshiba's Qosmio brand, which included a number of high-end, Editors' Choice-winning entertainment laptops. It's been a while since we reviewed the Qosmio G45, and since then the line had almost disappeared from Toshiba's Web site, with just one model listed on the product page.

Looks like we have our answer, thanks to a post on LogicTV.com that details the rumored Toshiba Qosmio X305. The flame-lidded desktop replacement will reportedly incorporate 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics, a 3GHz dual-core Intel processor (perhaps the next iteration of the Core 2 Extreme?), and dual 200GB, 7,200rpm hard drives.

Also on the features list are HDMI-out (which better be paired with a Blu-ray drive) and S/PDIF audio. And we're happy to see that the new laptop will retain the familiar Harmon Kardon stereo speakers with subwoofer, which was always one of our favorite Qosmio features.

Word on the street is that this baby will be available July 14; we'll let you know as soon as we get confirmation.