Magazine article New Zealand Management

Name Your DVD

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Name Your DVD

Article excerpt

At a recent Toshiba media function I was reminded of the many different DVD formats out there in the marketplace. I am not a regular notebook user so I wasn't aware of the problems users have with their DVD drives, particularly on notebook PCs.

Apparently many of these optical drives don't recognise certain DVD formats.

Perhaps you have experienced the problem?

If anyone can rectify it, Toshiba should. The company sold its one millionth notebook last year. On average, it sells a notebook every two minutes, probably because it often leads the way in technology development.

Toshiba's latest notebooks come with a built-in DVD SuperMulti Drive that is compatible with all of the DVD formats--not to mention the existing CD formats.

This means the DVD SuperMulti reads CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R-RW, DVD+R+RW and RAM disks, and writes to CD-R, CD-RW, DV DR-RW, DVD+R+RW and RAM disks. You can, therefore, watch movies, edit videos or photos, play games, and handle just about anything else the DVD market can throw at you.

With IDC predicting a 22 percent global growth in notebook sales this year, and the average price of notebooks still falling--18 months ago Tecras ranged from $5000 to $8000, today they cost $3000 to $5000--no wonder more notebooks are replacing desktops in the business world.

Toshiba's New Zealand manager Steve Ford and his team were up there highlighting a host of other recent innovations in notebook design and manufacture. These included, for example, the magnesium alloy casing (10 times stronger than ABS plastic); new thermal cooling technology that vaporises heat away from the CPU; an advanced port replicator that's backwards compatible; as well as advanced network analysis for users having trouble connecting to the office network; a special network locator and connector function; and of course, full wireless functionality. …

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