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|
|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)|
|HDD||1 TB 5400 RPM HDD|
|ODD||Blu-ray burner, compatible with DVD, BD, BD XL media|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)|
|USB 3.0||3 × Type-A
1 × Type-C
|GbE||1 × GbE|
|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
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.