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Toshiba extends its range of retail notebooks

  • 29 August, 2005 09:27

<p>Sydney, 29 August 2005: Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD), has released a new range of widescreen notebook computers to provide Australian consumers with the latest mobile computing technology, at every price point.</p>
<p>The new retail range includes four brand-new models and upgrades to four of Toshiba’s most popular machines with a diverse choice of power, features and widescreen size in a mobile form-factor. Toshiba is, the first notebook vendor to offer widescreen across its entire range, enabling users easy viewing, editing and presentation of large documents, and the ability to watch DVDs in full detail.</p>
<p>Mark Whittard, general manager, Australian and New Zealand, Toshiba ISD, said: “Notebooks are fast overtaking desktops as the choice for Australians in computing. With this growing popularity, we have introduced our new range of widescreen notebooks to cater to the diverse needs and budget of different people, backed by the quality, reliability and stability that is our trademark.”</p>
<p>The four newly introduced models in the Toshiba range are:</p>
<p>Satellite M60: Powerful multi-media PC (RRP $3,699 inc GST)</p>
<p>The Satellite M60 is one of Toshiba’s most high-powered multimedia notebooks designed for gamers, digital artists, designers or anyone who wants the best available graphics and sound available in a computer. The Satellite M60 comes in a new turquoise coloured chassis and has a 17-inch widescreen display, a 80 GB hard disk drive and the latest Intel Centrino mobile technology. The Satellite M60 replaces Toshiba’s Satellite P30 model – the successful 17-inch multimedia model over the past three years.</p>
<p>Satellite M50: High-performance desktop replacement (RRP $1,999 or $2,499 inc GST)</p>
<p>The Satellite M50 is a high-powered 14-inch widescreen notebook designed to meet the needs of families, students and general home users. Available in two models, the M50 includes a 60GB HDD, either a 1.73GHz or 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M Processor, and a DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive.</p>
<p>The Satellite M50* also featured in the new turquoise chassis; comes bundled with a Toshiba gigabeat F20, digital audio player that doubles as a backup storage device for all computing files. The Toshiba gigabeat, released late last month, includes a colour screen to display photos and album covers related to the song playing and is valued at $439 on its own.</p>
<p>* The value bundle includes the Satellite M50 (PSM50A-01L00KB) and gigabeat F20 for $2499 inc GST</p>
<p>Libretto U100: Fully functional miniature PC (RRP $3,999 inc GST)</p>
<p>Available in a new silver and white casing, the Libretto U100 is the next advancement in Toshiba’s relaunch of a small form-factor ‘miniaturised’ notebook. With a 60GB hard drive, fully integrated wireless LAN and magnesium ruggedised casing, the Libretto U100 is designed for anyone needing an ultra-small machine but without compromising any functionality of a full-sized computer. The Libretto U100 is bundled with a DVD SuperMulti dock.</p>
<p>Qosmio F20: Four-in-one entertainment unit (RRP $4,999 inc GST)</p>
<p>Like its ‘big brother’ Qosmio, the G20, the Qosmio F20 is a four-in-one TV, DVD, stereo and computer mobile entertainment unit, but comes with a more compact 15.4-inch widescreen. The Qosmio F20 includes a 100GB hard disk drive and Microsoft XP Media Centre Edition 2005 for easy access and movement of digital photos, TV, games, emails and music. Like the G20, the Qosmio F20 also comes in a sleek black casing.</p>
<p>In addition to the new models, Toshiba has make upgrades to:</p>
<p>Satellite M40 (RRP $1,499 or $3499 inc GST)</p>
<p>- One of Toshiba’s most popular machines, the Satellite M40 is now available in two models and a new silver design.</p>
<p>- It includes 15.4-inch widescreen with TruBrite technology and DVD SuperMuliti Double Layer Drive, for crisp picture quality.</p>
<p>Satellite M40X (RRP $2699 inc GST)</p>
<p>- A popular value-for-money multimedia machine, improvements have been made to the processing speed and graphics capability of the Satellite M40X.</p>
<p>- The upgraded model includes a new double-layer DVD Super Multi drive for the easy copy of all types of CDs and DVDs onto disc, and storage of up to 8.5 GB of data.</p>
<p>Satellite R10 (RRP $3,499 inc GST)</p>
<p>- The third in Toshiba’s family of three tablet PCs, the Satellite R10 offers tablet technology at an affordable price to encourage families, students and personal users to try the pen-based user interface.</p>
<p>- It also comes with a 14-inch poly-silicon display with a versatile swivel screen, pressure sensitive digitiser and a 60GB hard drive.</p>
<p>Qosmio G20 (RRP $5,999 inc GST)</p>
<p>- The Qosmio G20 now comes with the fastest processor on the market, the Intel Pentium 770 (2.13GHz), for outstanding mobile performance and wireless connectivity.</p>
<p>- Referred to as the four-in-one ‘entertainment machine’, the G20 offers 160 GB hard disk drive, 17-inch widescreen display and tri-band wireless.</p>
<p>About Toshiba</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis. With notebook market share of 28% (according to IDC’s Q4 2004 figures), Toshiba ISD is comfortably the Australian market share market leader.
Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
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