Dynabook, formerly Toshiba's PC division, has been pretty energetic with announcements recently, marking its return to active life and attempt to address certain market segments with unique products. This week the company introduced its new T8 and T9 laptops for multimedia enthusiasts, which feature a rare 16.1-inch display as well as an integrated Blu-ray/DVD burner.

Dynabook’s T8 and T9 notebooks come in Stylish Blue or Satin Gold chassis made of thick plastic that measures 379×256.5×23.7 mm — similar dimensions to a mainstream 15.6-inch class laptop. The laptop features a 16.1-inch Full-HD IPS display, which offers a larger screen real estate that the company hopes will provide a slightly more immersive entertainment experience. To further improve the system's multimedia capabilities, Dynabook’s T8 and T9 systems are equipped with stereo speakers by Onkyo that are located under the display and are enhanced with DTS software that adds Dynamic Wide Sound capability.

The innards of Dynabook’s T8/T9 laptops are pretty typical for this class of machines (except for the ODD, of course). The notebooks pack Intel’s quad-core Core i7-8565U processor with UHD 620 Graphics, 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (T8 and T9 models, respectively), a 256 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, a 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive, and a Blu-ray drive that is compatible with BD XL discs.

On the connectivity side of matters, the Dynabook T8/T9 features Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, GbE, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI 1.4 output, an SD card reader, and a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets. The laptop also offers a 720p webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello face recognition, a microphone array, a full-size keyboard with a 19-mm key pitch and a numpad.

When it comes to battery life, Dynabook claims that its T8/T9 laptops will work for up to 9 hours on one charge based on JEITA 2.0 run time measurement method.

Dynabook's T8 and T9
  T8 T9
Display 16.1" 1920×1080
CPU Intel Core i7-8565U
Graphics HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2400 16 GB DDR4-2400
SSD 256 GB SSD (M.2, PCIe 3.0 x4)
ODD Blu-ray burner, compatible with DVD, BD, BD XL media
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
USB 3.0 3 × Type-A
1 × Type-C
GbE 1 × GbE
Card Reader SD
Other I/O HDMI 1.4, 720p webcam with RGB + IR sensors, microphone, stereo speakers by Onkyo, audio jack
Battery up to 9 hours
Dimensions Width: 379 mm
Depth: 256.5mm
Thickness: 23.7 mm
Weight Starting at 2.4 kg
Price $1,920 without VAT in Japan

Dynabook will start sales of its T8 and T9 laptops in Japan some time in mid-December. The T9 model will cost ¥210,000 without tax (about $1,920). It is unclear whether Dynabook will offer T8 and T9 machines outside of Japan as the unique value proposition offered by the laptop — an enlarged 16.1-inch Full-HD IPS display and Blu-ray disc playback — makes a great sense in Japan, but may get a lackluster welcome in other countries.

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Sources: Dynabook, PC Watch

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    We're not working on any such thing at this second, but like the rest of the ex-Purch properties, AnandTech will eventually get migrated over to Future's CMS.
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    Approximately similar here. I whitelist many sites I visit regularly and try it with AT every few months, but quickly switch back. It's just too annoying. If I could get rid of the videos and animations I'd put up with the rest, instead of cutting AT completely off "my" ad revenue.
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    No kidding. I wouldn't spend much time on the Internet if it weren't for ad blockers. I pay for sites that I like, but it's never been an option here.
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    When anand left it turned into a completely different site. Reviews slowed down, more commercial content that normal users aren't interested in, phone reviews, a press release mill.

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    There really should be a downvote feature in the comments, so junk like this isn't the first one people see.
  • Ryan Smith - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    "How about stopping with the press releases for products literally nobody cares about?"

    It's good feedback to have. The only reason this was posted in the first place is because it's a bit of an off-beat product that we thought you guys might be interested in reading about. But if that's not the case, that's good to know.
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    This type of minor content is fine. There aren't big releases or new products being tested every day, and it's either stuff like this or start posting every little detail that leaks out as a news item like Tom's. We'd all prefer more in-depth investigations and investigative reporting, but anandtech clearly doesn't have that kind of budget.
  • bill.rookard - Sunday, November 10, 2019 - link

    I actually find it moderately interesting. I had a Toshiba laptop for quite a few years and it served me quite well even though it was a pretty budget device. This is actually a pretty decent looking laptop and pretty well spec'd - but it seems a bit pricey.
  • Dug - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    It really looks like an April Fools post. I mean really no one that I could think of, anywhere, in any country, would spend that kind of money for this.

    I really thought it was a $595 laptop.

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