Toshiba's new SpursEngine PCs get priced

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Almost a week after we got wind of the first-ever PCs to use the SpursEngine chip that owes so much to the PS3, we finally have the prices - albeit in Japanese Yen.

Surprisingly for such long-awaited - not to mention cutting-edge - technology, the SpursEngine hasn't pushed the price of Toshiba's Qosmio laptops [Japanese] through the roof.

Reasonable prices

When, like the other new models, it hits the street at the end of July, the 15.4-inch F50 will cost just ¥250,000 (£1,180). The G50 will start at ¥290,000 (£1,370) for a model with a 250GB hard drive, rising to ¥330,000 (£1,560) for an HDD twice that size.

That just leaves the X300 gaming rig, which will remain a financial mystery for a while yet, as Toshiba isn't releasing it in its home country.

Forget the high-def issue

Although the absence of a real high-definition optical drive in the new Qosmios is drawing most attention right now, it's the SpursEngine that's sure to be of more long-term significance.

If it proves to be as powerful as we're led to believe, Toshiba's decision to sell the chips to other interested PC makers will clearly turn out to be a wise one.

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