Toshiba To Drop HD DVD Notebook Price To Under $1,000
As part of its strategy for making HD DVD the preeminent format, Toshiba plans to drop the price of one of its HD DVD drive-equipped notebook computers to below $1,000 by year’s end. PCWorld reported the comments, which came from company executive Carl Pinto at the DVD Forum conference in Los Angeles.
The Qosmio G45-AV680, which debuted in July, originally sold for over $3,000, but the price has dropped dramatically in price in the months since, with the unit now selling at around $1,500. At release, the Qosmio was the first-ever notebook computer equipped with HD DVD-R. The drop has been attributed to a similar drop in the cost of materials.
Pinto also said at the forum that Toshiba plans to make HD DVD an option for all of its notebook PCs in the next year.