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The Qosmio F50-10K comes with a TV-tuner that can be used in Windows Media Center. A standard MCE-compatible remote control is included with the notebook.

The Qosmio F50-10K doesn’t have a player that might work without booting the OS up. If you turn the notebook on by pressing the Media Center launch button, Windows Vista will boot up first and Media Center will start up then.

Positioning the Qosmio F50-10K as a desktop replacement, Toshiba equipped it with a full range of wired and wireless interfaces. The notebook supports both wireless technologies, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth. The available wired interfaces are represented by the connectors in the notebook’s side panels.

A hardware Wi-Fi switch and an infrared port are placed on the front panel.

The left panel offers a card-reader (it supports SD, various versions of Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, and xD-Picture Card), a DVD-burner, USB 2.0 and FireWire ports, analog audio input and output (the latter is combined with optical S/PDIF). Frankly speaking, I had expected the Qosmio F50-10K, such an expensive notebook as it is, to be equipped with a Blu-ray drive but the manufacturer, having suffered a fiasco with its HD DVD format, does not yet offer support to the alternative technology.

The notebook’s right panel provides a connector for an additional IR-receiver, an ExpressCard slot, a USB 2.0 port, and a HDMI interface. Thanks to the latter, the Qosmio F50-10K can be connected not only to an external monitor but also to modern TV-sets.

At the notebook’s back you can find an analog D-Sub port, an eSATA port (combined with a USB connector), a separate USB 2.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet connector, a modem input, and an antenna connector for the integrated TV-tuner. Easy to see, the Qosmio F50-10K lacks an analog video output. Notwithstanding the HDMI interface, such an output might be useful for a multimedia notebook positioned as a desktop replacement.

And the last thing that must be noted is the bottom panel that offers access to some of the notebook’s components. So, you can get to the memory slots and to the hard drives (the Qosmio F50-10K comes with as many as two HDDs).

Note the position of the vent hole: the air is sucked in through a single grid, so it is quite easy to deprive the notebook’s CPU and graphics card of fresh air. Placing the Qosmio F50-10K on a soft surface or on your laps may lead to overheat, even though this won’t be a quick process because the notebook’s case is rather large.

The notebook is powered up by a heavy 19V/120W power adapter. The included battery has a capacity of 57.6Wh. According to the manufacturer, the notebook can last for 1.8 hours on the battery. I will check this out in the Tests section.

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