Windows Media Center Goes Mobile

Loaded with media center features, the Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705 makes big strides in expanding the notebook.

With portable PCs doing so many tasks once reserved for desktops, it was only a matter of time before a notebook computer doubled as a Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) PC. First out is the Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705 ($2,699 direct).

Like the first MCE desktop machines of last fall, the weak spot is the TV tuner. Quality depends heavily on the TV signal, but even with a good signal, the image is still a bit soft. Toshiba stuck a Toshiba-branded TV tuner module in the right side of an 8-pound system unit without disturbing the Matsushita UJ-810 DVD-RAM drive on the left side.

Although the PC has an integrated IR port, its for IrDA (PC) infrared rather than consumer AV infrared. Hence to use the remote on the road, you have to carry and plug in a bulky USB-based transceiver along with the bulky remote control itself.

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