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If you're looking for a true workhorse Windows laptop, that can handle any kind of multimedia creation you throw at it, including hard-core gaming, HD video editing and graphics, then Toshiba's Qosimo G45 is the computer you're looking for. It is fast, efficient and ready to work and entertain, and has a superior screen size and image, and excellent sound quality.
The unit I received from Toshiba was an Intel Core 2 Duo, and it was FAST. It came with 3GB of RAM and two sizable internal hard drives (one for Windows Vista and software, the other to store media, which can wreak havoc on the start-up disk).
The large, 17-inch Ultimate TruBrite screen was bright and could display full HD 1080p (1920 x 1200) resolution. I also got a kick out of the amazing sound system: Two Harman/Kardon Bass Reflex speakers, which kick the heck out of every other laptop s speakers that I ve used. There are also controls that make it easy to use the DVD player and speakers.
Newer units feature DVD-RW drives, but the unit I reviewed included an HD DVD-RW; I enjoyed watching HD DVDs, like "Batman Begins" on the Qosimo. However ,after recent announcements from Toshiba, HD DVD drives won t be featured in current and future laptops.
Toshiba was kind enough to extend the loan of the system so I could really throw everything at it. Aside from watching movies, I played some video games, including Unreal Tournament 3, without any problems with video, graphics or sound. On a friend s newer desktop, he ran into a lot of problems with playback of the game, but the Qosimo handled it like a champ.
I also used the system to review NewTek s SpeedEDIT, and, pardon the pun, the speed of capturing, editing and outputting HDV footage was great. On a slightly slower PC, there were some issues with SpeedEDIT, but nothing too noticeable. However, I was quite impressed with how well the Qosimo handled HDV editing.
Other creative tools I used on the Qosimo: Sony ACID Pro 6 (with loops), NewTek's 3D Arsenal (which worked great on the laptop) and Pinnacle s Studio MovieBox Ultimate. The last one is a consumer hardware and software set-up, but I was happy to see the Qosimo handled consumer apps without any problems.
When it came to Windows Vista, I had no issues with Microsoft's flagship operating system. Many of my friends and colleagues, with fast systems of their own, have had problems with Vista. Some have even downgraded back to XP; I had absolutely no trouble with Vista, even though I hadn't uninstalled some of the extra software apps I never use. For a long-time Mac OS X user, I enjoyed working with Vista. (Don t throw tomatoes, please.)
Below are some speed test results done by my friend and colleague Matt Miller, a visual effects artist and cinematographer who regularly works with Windows systems.
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The Qosimo is a laptop that tempts me to jump into the Windows Vista game, thanks to its incredible speeds, many extra features, full 1080p HD display and more. It handled HD video editing, graphics design, music creation and editing, and video gaming with ease, plus the entertainment value of watching movies with the screen and Harman/Kardon speakers really make this a computer worth buying. Find out more at www.toshiba.com.
Heath McKnight is a filmmaker and author who has produced and directed several independent feature and short films, including Hellevator, 9:04 AM and December. He is currently web content manager for doddleNEWS. Heath was also a contributor to VASST's best-selling book, "The FullHD," and has written for TopTenREVIEWS and Videomaker.