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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Toshiba Outs Camileo P100 and B10

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:29 PM

"Toshiba has announced two new camcorders with Full HD capability: the Camileo B10 and the Camileo P100. The Toshiba Camileo B10 is a neat, robust yet lightweight and pocket sized camcorder that can be kept close at hand for spontaneous shots, while the Toshiba Camileo P100 is a more advanced model with 5x optical and 8x “advanced” zoom."

Now that Flip has been killed, it looks like the writing is on the wall for these pocket video cameras. Or is it? Toshiba's offerings are a step up from the flip, with the P100 featuring a 5x optical zoom lens, and both cameras sporting 1080p recording modes. The main thing that will determine the success of these, is pricing, which Toshiba has not made known yet. If they are cheap enough, they might still sell well, yet...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

14-inch DisplayLink-powered USB Mobile Monitor for $200 by Toshiba

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

"Toshiba has quietly pushed out a new 14-inch mobile USB display, weighing just 2.8 pounds and retailing for a freakishly affordable $199.99."

Well done Toshiba! This is a very nice looking display at a great price. I can think of a million uses for something like this. It sounds like an optional AC adapter is required to get the full brightness from this device, but it will still give you basic functionality with USB power.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Toshiba Release 1.8 Inch Hard Drives With Low Insertion Force (LIF) Connector

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

"The MKxx39GSL family is designed for applications requiring not only the smaller, lighter footprint of 1.8" drives, but also the highest possible storage capacities. Both feature a 16MB buffer for improved performance. The drives are capable of withstanding the demands of mobility usage, tolerating up to 1,500Gs of non-operational shock and 600Gs of operational shock, compared to 900G of non-operational shock and 400G of operational shock for the most robust 2.5-inch HDDs currently available. The drives are also exceptionally quiet, operating at 14dB at idle and 15dB at seek, and require only 0.35 Watts of power at low power idle, the smallest power consumption levels for any SATA drive. All of this performance is delivered in a form factor of just 48g/5x54x71mm."

There's still some life left in tiny hard drives, though their time on this earth is coming to a close: available in 160 GB, 200 GB, and 220 GB capacities, these new drives from Toshiba are aimed at portable media player market. Although the industry is clearly zoned in on flash-based memory, there's something to be said for a small device that has 220 GB of storage. The impressive 600G of shock that it can absorb without damage is impressive, though I still feel like anything with a hard drive would have to be treated more gently than something based on flash memory. I wonder what sorts of device we'll see these in?

Monday, November 29, 2010

And You Thought Only Your Computer Needed a Battery Backup

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"While your set-top box might not function, it's comforting to know that Toshiba's freshly-announced Power TV family of battery-powered LED TVs will be able to keep entertaining you for about two hours, thanks to its internal rechargeable battery."

I can see how a consumer might get confused when buying a TV. There are things like resolution, response time, contrast ratio, LCD, LED, Plasma, all these words are more confusing than elightening to your average joe. So how do you make your TV stand out? By adding batteries! That is right, with a Toshiba Power TV, you can finish watching Big Brother 37 during a blackout! Think that the Power TV is targeted towards those on the go? Think again! Well, maybe they are portable if you do not mind carting around a 24" TV. Maybe you want to go camping in style and can fit all your roughing it watching in the 2 hour battery-life. Yeah, I cannot think of a real reason why someone would want to battery power their largish screen TV. Can you?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Slate For Every Taste

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:30 AM

"Last week alone saw ViewSonic, Toshiba and Samsung all officially unveil new models of keyboard-less computer, with a mish-mash of operating systems and screen sizes hoping to somehow build themselves a market in the wake of Apple's market-leading device. So here's a summary of five of the best tablets out there and on the way this year. Or, to put it another way, the iPad +4."

Is the slate tablet market really that hot, or is this simply a whole bunch of hype intended to get everyone to open their wallets? Tablets might be the next step in casual computing and thankfully, it seems like it draws a large part of its inspiration from smartphones. The only one that stands out for me, and not in a good way, is the ViewPad 100. Dual-booting just seems like such a hassle and it is not like dual-booting slate tablets have not been tried before. Just ask HTC. Most likely, the iPad will continue to dominate the space though there will be a large amount of Android devices to pick from.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Toshiba Crashes Panasonic's SD UHS-I Party With Faster Cards; New Standard Still Confusing

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:30 AM

"Panasonic must be mighty annoyed right about now, because Toshiba's seemingly got it trumped -- when the first batch of lightning-quick UHS-I cards ship in November, Toshiba's chips will be faster and larger on day one."

Toshiba is usually second to Panasonic when it comes to SD Card announcements, and so here is their announcement. The new cards are actually faster than what Panasonic has announced, with the full sized SD cards doing 95MB/s read versus Panasonic's 60MB/s read. Writing speed is not shabby at a stated 80MB/s, though we have yet to see how it will be in actual use. There are also microSD versions doing 40MB/s read and 20 MB/s write. Again, remember that the device also has to be UHS-I, else the cards will not perform at their full perfomance.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Toshiba May Release Super Fast Charging Laptop

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

"I have been following the rumors of a new Toshiba ultra-portable laptop with great interest. Not because it is super thin and light — what has me excited is the Super Charge Ion Battery (SCiB) it’s reported to use. This is significant as these batteries supposedly can be 90% charged in a mere 10 minutes. Think about that for a moment. If you could charge your notebook battery in 10 minutes it could change the way you work while mobile."

A laptop that could be charged in ten minutes is great. However, I think it could have some other consequences. First, it would probably encourage people to deep drain their batteries more, meaning that batteries will need to be replaced more often. Second, I am positive that people will complain that 10 minutes is still too long. That being said, I would really like to see this technology applied to cell phones. In my experience, I have seen friends and colleagues have their phones run out of power much more often.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Toshiba Gives 3D Goodness Without Glasses

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

"The integral imaging system offers a significant reduction in eye fatigue during long periods of viewing, and features a multi-parallax[1] design that enables motion parallax, which cannot be achieved by systems using glasses. The multi-parallax approach results in images that change depending on the viewer’s position. In addition, the viewing angle is wide, and the resulting stereoscopic image is natural and smooth."

As a matter of honesty, I have to admit that I have no clue as to how this display works. Based on their description, it suggests that it works similar in principle to those "Magic Eye" posters that were all the rage years ago. I have only read about such dreamy devices, and have yet to encounter one in the flesh metal. Those fancy words they use sure to do impress though. 3D being the host buzz-word for televisions, this is good news, and while 21 inches may not sound huge, I imagine it will not be long before we see 50" displays. I also hope that it can display, plain, old, tired, boring 2D stuff equally well.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Toshiba Enters U.S. Camcorder Market

Posted by Jon Childs in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

"Toshiba has decided to test the waters of the digital camcorder market in the United States, today unveiling Camileo line, aiming at a range of every day consumers with a range of sizes and capabilities. The initial offerings include the pocket-sized S20, the compact H30, and the higher-end X100, and all shoot full-HD video, sport 3-inch LCD monitors, and feature one-button uploading to YouTube."

Toshiba has introduced three new affordable camcorders for the US market. They are all fairly basic models, but at affordable prices. The S20 does full HD, is only two thirds of an inch thick, and has an MSRP of only $179. Assuming it will have a slightly cheaper street price, it looks like a nice little camcorder that you could throw in your pocket to record all those spur of the moment events. The other models add more features and quality lenses at a higher price point and larger size. So if you are in the market for a no frills flash based camcorder check out these new Toshiba offerings.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Toshiba Announces New 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drives

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"Toshiba moved notebook storage a significant step forward on Wednesday night by launching the MK7559GSXP. The 2.5-inch drive is the first to hold 750GB but reach the same 9.5mm (0.37in) height as most slimmer notebook hard drives.... In tandem with the thin drive, Toshiba is rolling out the MKxx59GSM line, which brings 750GB and 1TB drives but in a taller three-platter, 12.5mm (0.49in) profile...."

Toshiba lists over 20 "PC & Notebook" hard drive series on their web site, with as many as 6 drives in a series, although only a handful appear to be available to the general public. The Electronista article picks up on two (out of six) recently announced series that emphasize storage capacity and power efficiency, with delivery dates to system builders beginning sometime in April 2010. My first notebook had a hard drive measured in MBs, and our largest current portable has an 120GB internal drive, so it is hard to imagine needing a portable with over 500GB. However, if your notebook is your primary system, a larger drive might make sense. Would you be tempted by a 750GB or larger drive in a notebook? Beyond capacity, hard drive makers are touting ecological selling points, such as power efficiency and environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques. Do you factor these into your HD purchase decisions? Are you willing to give up a bit of performance - or pay a higher price - to be "green?"

Friday, September 4, 2009

Toshiba Wants Some Tablet Love Too

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

"Toshiba seems intent on beating the Apple Tablet and CrunchPad to the market. The company today introduced the JournE Touch Tablet. The company had previously reserved the JournE name for its digital photo frames, and to be honest, the tablet looks a bit like a photo frame with a touchscreen."

Rumours of an Apple Tablet has revitalized interest in the category. Yes, tablets have been around a really long time, but it seems only recently that they're really starting to catch the interest of the mainstream community. Toshiba's take looks slick, but the reported 7" 800x480 screen resolution seems a bit anemic. While making it very portable, something a bit larger would make it seem like much more than a really big touchpad controller. The 1080p video and 14 hour battery life are definitely attention getters, but not enough to make the jump without seeing what Apple and a few other manufacturers can do.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Toshiba Makes a Flashy, If Late, Entrance to Netbook Game

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"At first glance, it would seem that there’s very little a manufacturer can do these days to make its 10-inch netbook stand out from the hordes of others on the market. Yet, despite being more than a year late to the game in North America, Toshiba’s mini NB205 does just that. It has created a netbook that, while housing a standard Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and Microsoft Windows XP Home, manages to break the mold. With a beautiful chassis, a spacious keyboard and touchpad, an exemplary 8.5 hours of battery life, and a competitive $399 price tag, Toshiba’s netbook rises above the competition."

That keyboard is pretty slick looking. Looks like something I'd expect on a Mac netbook. I think some of the other design features are love it or hate it. While I like the idea of a textured lid, I think they could have gotten a little more creative than essentially a corduroy pattern.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Toshiba Mini NB200 Netbook Sports 9-Cell Battery

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"Looking to raise the stakes in the netbook market, Toshiba's latest ultraportable PC packs a 9-cell battery the company says will provide up to 9 hours of run time. Remarkably, Toshiba also managed to keep the weight down to under 2.5-pounds despite the larger battery, giving the Mini NB200, as it's been dubbed, a leg up on the competition when it comes to battery life and portability."

Also interesting on this model is a hard disk drive with shock avoidance technology using accelerometers to move the disk heads from the platter when a shock is detected. Except for the fairly weak 0.3 mega-pixel, this looks like a winner.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Toshiba Camileo S10 Seen In The Wild

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

"It's been a while since we first caught wind of the mysterious Toshiba Camileo S10, but the pocket camcorder has finally broken loose, and it's looking like a pretty solid competitor to the Flip Mino HD and the Kodak Zi6 -- it amps up the video resolution to 1080p and also takes five megapixel stills."

The ultra-portable camcorder market is about to get more crowded with the Toshiba Camileo S10. The Camileo brings 1080p video recording to the game and at an estimated base price of $181, it sounds like it will fly off the shelves. Well, along with a large supply of SD cards since the Camileo has only 128MB of built in memory. Short of some supreme software interface, I don't see this setting itself apart from the competition though. So thos of you who already have a Flip Mino HD, your purchase is still sound. I would really love to see one of these mini camcorders come with optical zoom and large enough internal memory to store more than half a thought, but one step at a time!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Toshiba Offers Four Times The HDTV

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"With a maximum resolution of 3840-by-2160 (so-called Quad-HD or "2k-by-4k") and a 55-inch display panel, the Toshiba Cell TV uses an integrated Cell processor to upscale current HDTV picture to fill the full display. The Cell TV, which is on display at CES, leverages Toshiba's Resolution+ technology, which Toshiba says will take lower-quality video content and upscale it in such a way that it appears crisper and clearer than when done with traditional upscaling technologies."

The battle for the best HDTV is not over. Apparently, 1080p is no longer enough with Toshiba pushing their Cell TV at a resolution that is fully four times the resolution of 1080p. Upscaling is the key to Toshiba's Cell TV. I've seen good upscaling, and very, very poor upscaling. The Cell processor should have more than enough power to push over 8 million pixels of pretty goodness. I'm sure there might be some people who say that the extra resolution is not necessary but after watching several movies, documentaries and tv shows in 720 or 1080p, I can tell you that I at least appreciate all the extra detail that HDTV brings.

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