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Toshiba's new QosmioF55 features Garmin GPS technology
Posted: 15-Jul-2008 [Source: Toshiba]

[Toshiba's new Qosmio F55 laptop offers built-in GPS powered by Garmin.]

Irvine, CA -- Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the new Qosmio® F55 laptop series, a 15.4-inch powerhouse that leverages both the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo CPU and NVIDIA® GPUs with built-in GPS(1) to provide an unsurpassed performance in terms of multimedia, gaming and mobile convenience.

Through the combined strength of Intel's next-generation processor technology and the NVIDIA GeForce® 9700M GTS graphics(2) card, the Qosmio F55 with GPS is amply built for performance and power. The NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS provides users with the ability to navigate through today's latest DirectX® 10 games by providing razor-sharp graphic details and intricacies.

A unique feature on the Qosmio F55 laptop series is its GPS system powered by Garmin®. Freeing users from the need of an Internet connection, the built-in GPS system allows users to determine their exact location within moments, as well as search for directions to millions of locations.

“Laptops are a vital instrument of the digital lifestyle, and Toshiba is proud that it continues to expand its product line with innovations that increase how we interact with the world around us,” said Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “The Qosmio F55 laptop series is in line with that vision, and through the addition of GPS, gaming-level graphics and a premium design, it's a powerful machine that will turn heads wherever users are.”

Incorporating the all-new Fusion™ finish with Vibe pattern, the Qosmio F55's chassis is built around a stunning 15.4-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite™ high-definition display. To further enhance the visual experience, the Qosmio F55 sports two premium Harman Kardon® stereo speakers, one subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater™ technology, allowing users to experience their content in both virtual and true surround sound environments. The Qosmio can be seamlessly integrated into a user's home theater system for a complete surround sound experience thanks to its REGZA LINK™ HDMI technology, while empowering users with simultaneous instant device configuration and the ability to control REGZA LINK enabled devices, such as Toshiba's REGZA™ HDTVs and Qosmio laptops, with a single remote.

As an added convenience, each Qosmio F55 features Sleep-and-Charge USB ports(3), which allow users to charge popular mobile devices such as MP3 players, mobile phones and PDAs at any moment, whether the laptop is powered-on, off or in hibernation mode. One of the Sleep-and-Charge ports also doubles as an eSATA port, which enables the transfer of data and multimedia files to and from an external hard drive at speeds up to five times faster than standard USB 2.0.

Additionally, the TOSHIBA Face Recognition software harnesses the Qosmio's built-in Webcam to grant or deny access to the laptop based on a series of recorded images of the user's face.

The Qosmio brand has long been defined by its strong multimedia features, and the Qosmio F55 series is no exception. The Qosmio F55 series sports a DVD SuperMulti Drive that supports 11 different media formats. Additionally, the optical drive is Labelflash™ enabled, which makes it possible to burn images and labels directly onto a Labelflash DVD-R disc for a polished, professional finish. For the first time, Toshiba will offer users the option of configuring their laptops to run either a 32-bit or 64-bit(4) version of Windows Vista, depending on a user's preference and intended computer use.

The new Qosmio F55 series is available at a variety of major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide or directly from Toshiba at www.toshibadirect.com. Detailed product information is available at www.explore.toshiba.com/F55.

The following configurations demonstrate some of the various specifications and price options available within the Qosmio F55 series:

Qosmio F55-Q502 Unique Specifications (MSRP $1,399.99(5))

--OS selection at first boot: Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit version) (default), Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit(4) version)

--Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor P7350(6) --3072MB PC-6400 DDR2 SDRAM(7) --320GB (5400 RPM) Serial-ATA HDD(8) --DVD SuperMulti (+/-double layer) with Labelflash(TM) drive

--NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 9700M GTS with 512MB GDDR3 discrete graphics(2) memory --Atheros(R) (802.11 b/g/n)(9) ; --Built-in GPS(1) ready

Qosmio F55-Q503 Unique Specifications (MSRP $1,749.99(5))

--OS selection at first boot: Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit(4) version) (default); Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit version) --Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T9400(6) --4096MB PC-6400 DDR2 SDRAM(7) --320GB using two (7200 RPM) Serial-ATA HDD(8) --DVD SuperMulti (+/-double layer) with Labelflash(TM) drive --NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 9700M GTS with 512MB GDDR3 discrete graphics(2) memory --Atheros(R) (802.11 b/g/n)(9) --Bluetooth(R) version 2.1 + EDR --Built-in GPS(1) ready

Multimedia: Qosmio F55 Series

The Qosmio F55 series is available with a one-year standard limited warranty(10), which includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country or packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for prompt turnaround service from any of the 4,460 UPS Stores and Mail Boxes Etc. locations nationwide. Customers can also choose to upgrade the notebook's service plans, including up to four years of extended warranty coverage.

All new Toshiba laptops are RoHS-compatible(11), effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Toshiba also offers a computer trade-in and recycling program to reduce environmental impact and promote efficient utilization of resources. During the third quarter of 2008, Toshiba is offering free recycling for all manufacturer's PCs with the purchase of a new Toshiba laptop computer. To learn more about this free PC recycling promotion or to find out how to recycle other consumer electronic products, please visit: www.toshiba.com/recycle.

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