The Good Crisp display; complete set of A/V controls, ports, and connections, including an HD-DVD drive.
The Bad Expensive; somewhat dim display; cramped keyboard and no separate number pad; bulky and heavy, even for a desktop replacement.
The Bottom Line The Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660 continues to deliver the most complete multimedia experience available in a laptop, but at least one other laptop delivers similar features at a much lower price.
Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660
Though its model name has changed very little, the Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660 has seen a number of significant changes over the G35-AV600 released earlier this year. Notably, this new edition includes the latest Core 2 Duo processor and adds a built-in HD-DVD drive to the Qosmio's already exhaustive list of features. The Qosmio G35-AV660 includes a few cosmetic changes as well, toning down the luxe piano finish and glowing media controls of its predecessor. Some things haven't changed, though: the G35-AV660 delivers one of the best 17-inch wide-screen displays around and an integrated TV tuner, as well as a full complement of ports and connections, a rocking set of stereo speakers, and an unparalleled set of multimedia controls. Priced at $3,499, this addition moves the Qosmio line even further into the stratosphere; it costs at least $1,000 more than the HP Pavilion dv9000t, which also includes an HD-DVD drive. While the Qosmio G35-AV660 has a crisper display and a few more features than the HP, we're not convinced it's worth the extra money.
Measuring 2.1 inches thick, the Qosmio G35-AV660 is one chunky laptop, even for a desktop replacement. And though its 11.6-inch depth is average for a machine with this size display, it's much wider at 16 inches than the Pavilion dv9000t, which also features a 17-inch wide-screen display. That said, the Qosmio G35 is quite attractive; its matte finish isn't as eye-catching as the previous model's glossy "piano finish," but the new case should be less likely to collect finger smudges. Not that you'll be carrying it around much, but the Qosmio G35-AV660 weighs 10.3 pounds, or 11.9 pounds with its big AC adapter.
Given the extrawide case, it's all the more surprising that the Qosmio's keyboard is a bit cramped, and it lacks a 10-key number pad, as found on the Pavilion dv9000t. Those who use keyboard shortcuts should also be warned that Toshiba has moved some keys--most notably the Windows key--from their standard locations. Above the keyboard resides a complete set of system and A/V controls; highlights include dedicated controls for display brightness (a rarity on laptops), video signal in and out, and Dolby Home Theater sound. The Qosmio G35-AV660's touch pad, while small, accommodates embedded, configurable quick-launch buttons, as well as a volume control. We still wish there was an external touch pad on/off button--one of our favorite features for a desktop replacement. A fingerprint reader rounds out the features on the keyboard deck.
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