The Qosmio line from Toshiba is well known for its top of the line home theatre features. Toshiba’s Qosmio F-45-AV412 is one of its most touted laptops and offers a host of multimedia extras.

The Qosmio F-45-AV412 has a sophisticatedly severe, but simple look. The laptop is two-toned – it has a white interior, which contrasts beautifully with its black lid giving it a suave and chic look. It also has a high glossy finish, which makes it stand out in a crowd. At the back of the lid is a rather large Qosmio logo in silver, which looks quite elegant. The dimensions of this laptop are14.9 X11.1 X 1.9 inches, and it has a screen size (diagonal) of 15.4 inches. Along with its adaptor this laptop weighs approximately 7.8 pounds.

In the Qosmio F-45-AV412, the optical drive bay is towards the front and this makes access to the bay easier. However it does not have the touch sensitive media controls that the G-45 has. Instead the F-45 has the older click buttons. This is a bit disappointing. The F-45 has a silver volume jog wheel to the left of the keyboard and an AV control wheel to the right. The controls are cool and easy to use. They have blue backlighting that can be turned off by a button, which is one among the row of buttons placed above the keyboard.

The Qosmio F-45-AV412 includes an HD DVD drive at an extremely reasonable price. This price also includes an excellent 2.1 audio system, which has two speakers on the keyboard tray and a sub woofer underneath. This audio system enables the sound to have great depth and wonderful quality.

The Qosmio F-45-AV412 has a 15.4-inch LCD and gives a 1280 X 800 native resolution. This however is not sufficient to display the full1080p resolution of HD DVD discs. Another drawback is that the F-45 does not have DVI or HDMI output and so one cannot output the signal to a big screen TV. This is indeed surprising as the laptop has a high-def optical drive. Also, its lack of Bluetooth option is unexplainable, but it does make amends by incorporating the 802.11n Wi-Fi technology. All other regular features for networking like the modem and Ethernet are incorporated in the laptop.

The Qosmio F-45-AV412 has a 1.8GHz IntelCore Duo T7100 CPU and 2GB of RAM and is a super powerful performer. Multitasking, like playing video files and working on office documents at the same time is smooth, with no slow-down or stuttering. Its other features are a hard drive with 250GB, which runs at 4200 rpm. It has a Windows Vista Ultimate operating system, an Intel GM965 chipset and MobileIntel Media Accelerator X3100 Graphics. The battery life of this laptop could have been better, as it ran for just one hour thirty nine minutes on the DVD battery drain test. Of course this test is an extremely demanding one, hence a longer battery life can be expected when it is used for casual web surfing and office use.

Toshiba gives a one-year parts and labour warranty with the system, including on-site service. A 24X 7 toll free line offers support, online knowledge base and driver downloads.

The Toshiba Qosmio F-45-AV412 is on the expensive side, but its top of the line features make it a worthwhile buy.

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