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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  • Tams80 - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    That price... typical Japanese overpricing. The saddest part is there are people who will buy it.

    At least the high prices are often somewhat worthwhile. Some of the Japanese laptops have ports up the wazoo and then you go and lift them up... and it's like they're made out of nothing.
  • timecop1818 - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    Haha why the fuck is this $1900 ???
    The spec reads as a $600 laptop tops
  • Retycint - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    Is this an out-of-season April Fools' joke?
  • flyingpants265 - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    What is this, from 2005?
  • Valantar - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    You have some serious rose-colored glasses for the laptops of the early 2000s, it seems.
  • Valantar - Saturday, November 9, 2019 - link

    Wow, that design is straight outta' 2012.
  • jabber - Sunday, November 10, 2019 - link

    Blu-ray? How quaint. Does it come with a floppy drive too?
  • yankeeDDL - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    I started reading the article and I thought "this seems like a nice, balanced laptop, not too mobile, but at home, for kids, it looks like an all-terrain, pity for the underpowered GPU".
    I had a chance to use a Dell Latitude 7400 with the i7 8565U, and I was quite impressed. I'm an "AMD fanboy", but the CPU is solid.
    Then I saw the price: for the love of God, who in the right mind would fork 2Kusd for this laptop, when even the latitude 7400 (which is a business laptop, comes with a larger SSD, has a fingerprint scanner) costs not even 1500?
  • skavi - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    this looks exactly like every windows laptop from 2010.
  • Soulkeeper - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    another NOT ryzen product.

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