Packed Set: Toshiba HDTV line to offer HDD and USB storage

April 24, 2010 by  

It seems Toshiba is feeling the heat from competition from various companies, and will soon be upgrading their REGZA line of HDTVs (at least in Japan) to include many new features common to today’s sets, including USB and HDD storage. You can read more about it here:

If you were contemplating a move to Japan (you know, because you’re sick of waiting for all those feature-packed REGZA HDTVs to make it stateside) the idea just got a little more compelling. The new REGZA R1 series (up to 42-inches) and REGZA H1 series (32 and 37-inch displays) sport USB ports for recording and external storage. All but the 32-inch models feature 1080p (the little guys make due with 720p) and the R1 line also feature IPS panels and an enhanced gaming mode. All of the above support DLNA streaming, four HDMI ports, analog inputs, and two 10W speakers. But that’s not all! In addition to USB, the H1 line throws in the 500GB hard drives that are becoming commonplace on other REGZA models lately.

Look for the sets to appear in stores in early to mid June, and estimated street prices will begin at ¥150,000 (about $1,600 USD), while the R1 line is due very soon and will start at ¥130,000 (about $1,400 USD), pretty reasonable prices for sets with this line of features.

It appears Toshiba is in the running as far as feature-packed HDTV sets these days. Hopefully, these will drop in the states sooner or later.

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