Toshiba Qosmio G55: 18.4″ 16:9 Notebook PC

Toshiba Qosmio G55 Specifications
Display: 18.4″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1680 x 945
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
CPU: Intel Centrino 2
HDD: 250GB
Other: SpursEngine (Quad Core HD Processor), Camera-based Visual Gesture Control System, FM Tuner
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Connectivity: HDMI, USB, eSATA/USB, FireWire, VGA, S/PDIF, Bridge Media Card Slot, ExpressCard Slot, Audio In, Audio Out
Availability: July 2008
Price: US$1549

Toshiba Qosmio G55 18.4

Toshiba‘s Qosmio G55 is one of the first notebook PCs to sport a 18.4″ TFT LCD. The 18.4″ has a 16:9 aspect ratio and the pixel format is a wacky 1680 x 945. So, compared to a 17″ LCD with a 16:10 aspect ratio that has 1680 x 1050, you get less pixels, but for those who have less than perfect vision or who simply prefer larger fonts and icons right out of the box, this might be welcome news. This might be the sign of things to come as all LCD displays move from everything else to 16:9:

Another interesting feature of the G55 is the Quad Core HD processor called SpursEngine that enhances video performance and enables hand gesture control. The SpursEngine is based on the cell processor that is used in the PlayStation 3. Hand gesture control sounds like too much trouble when all you need is a keyboard and a trackpad (or mouse), both of which come with the G55. Most people I know are fairly close to the notebook PC when they are using it, except for maybe when they are presenting, a case where hand gesturing might be better left to explaining what’s on the chart rather than controlling the computer. But the folks at Laptop thinks that the G55 hand gesturing machine is groundbreaking. I think hand gesturing is a difficult sell to most. Maybe it would be a great tool for those who use sign language.

Source: Laptop via Engadget

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