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)
HDD 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD
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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  • Samus - Sunday, November 10, 2019 - link

    It's interesting to see what other markets demand. Toshiba\Dynabook in Japan and Acer in France (and all of Europe for that matter) have always had fascinating market leadership with products that totally fail elsewhere. Reply
  • kaidenshi - Sunday, November 10, 2019 - link

    How about realizing the site isn't catered specifically to your tastes? If you don't like it, don't visit.

    Better yet, if you can write better and more relevant articles, please do, and submit them.
    Reply
  • WinterCharm - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    But WHY!? Reply
  • WinterCharm - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Let me elaborate:

    Why bother with a Blu Ray drive on a computer where you're not even going to bother putting a HiDPI 4K display on it?

    I could see the appeal if they went with a 4K OLED panel on this laptop, but this is... just sad. 1080p display, and it's almost 2020... lol.
    Reply
  • npz - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    I put a bluray drive on my laptop and I use it all the time. This is a regluar bluray drive, not a UHD bluray drive, thus cannot use a 4k display anyways Reply
  • Inteli - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    Did we forget that standard Blu Rays are only 1080p? A UHD display would be pointless for displaying 1080p content.

    As much as I like seeing a ODD in a laptop since I use them regularly, I can count the number of times I needed an ODD for my laptop specifically in the past 10 years on one hand. Combined with the fact that tray-loading ODDs on laptops always felt sort of cheap to me means I wouldn't see myself purchasing one of thesr any time soon. I could see the appeal as a light duty DTR for someone who uses a lot of Blu Rays, but that's such a niche market. It's nice to have the option though.
    Reply
  • bill.rookard - Sunday, November 10, 2019 - link

    Because a 4k screen increases costs and also sucks battery life. If you're already spinning a DVD drive it's going to affect battery life, and then driving a 4k display would drop it even more. Reply
  • npz - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    It looks like a good machine, that fills a certain niche (which I'm a part of) and the 16.1" display is good for better readability, but the price is way too high if they were to sell this outside of Japan.

    To bring the price down, they should offer a configuration without the bluray drive, which would also save them from the associated software licenses, and offer another option of using that drive bay for a 2.5" hard drive instead.
    Reply
  • Jorgp2 - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    That looks like a laptop from 2009 Reply
  • sorten - Friday, November 8, 2019 - link

    A built-in optical drive? How quaint :-)

    I have an external optical drive that I've used for my Surface and my desktop as well as other people's computers. It's not something that I'd want built into any of my computers at this point, but I guess some people have the need.
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