Toshiba launches new Satellite notebook range

Over a dozen new laptops released, with screens ranging from 13.3-18.4in

  • The Satellite A500/042 (part number PSAM3A-04200E) has the same core specifications, except for the CPU, which is an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 (2GHz, but with 3MB cache and a 1066MHz front-side bus) and costs $1699. The third model is the A500/03P (part number PSAM3A-03P00E) and this has an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 CPU, too, but has a slightly bigger hard drive of 500GB.

  • Toshiba has released a completely new range of Satellite notebooks that look, feel and act differently compared to the old models. The chassis design has been slightly modified, the textures and looks have been improved (you get a lot more chrome trim for your money!). They have more features than before, and existing features have also been improved. There are mainstream (the Satellite L500, L510 and L550), premium (the Satellite A500 and P500) and hero (the Satellite U500) ranges to choose from, with different screen sizes (from 13.3in to 18.4in), speeds and price points that cater to all types of users.

  • It has an HDMI-CEC (consumer electronics) port, which allows the notebook to be controlled by the same remote as your TV as long as your TV also supports HDMI-CEC (it's known by many names — Toshiba's TVs call it Regza Link while Samsung TVs call it Anynet). Toshiba says it can even be used to control the media player functions of the notebook. Other features that stand out are the USB 2.0 Sleep-and-Charge ports, which support the iPhone, a second-generation fingerprint reader, a hard drive accelerometer, a 1280x800 webcam, face recognition login, eSATA, and an Eco utility that can be invoked by pressing a button on the chassis.

  • This is the Toshiba Satellite A500, which forms part of the mainstream line-up. It has a 16in screen with a native resolution of 1366x768, and it's available in three different configurations which have different prices. The Satellite A500/040 (part number PSAM3A-04000E) has an Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 CPU (2.1GHz, 2MB cache, 800MHz front side bus), a 400GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, and a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics adapter. It costs $1599

  • You get a glossy screen, backlit keys, a textured chassis and plenty of chrome trim. Its specifications include an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 CPU, 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM (800MHz), a 320GB, 5400rpm hard drive, and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics adapter with 512MB of RAM. It has a built-in DVD burner, speakers and a touchpad with gesture support. Its screen has a native resolution of 1280x800.

  • From $1099, you can get yourself the Toshiba Satellite L500. This is a 15.6in notebook designed for the mainstream market. It has an attractive white chassis and is available with either an AMD or an Intel CPU. The L500/01E pictured here (PSLJ0A-01E013) costs $1499, has an Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 CPU, 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 320GB hard drive and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. This laptop suits users who want something inexpensive but with more capacity and a bigger screen than a netbook.

  • Let's kick things off with the hero range, in which there is only one product. Toshiba calls the Satellite U500 its 'hero' product because it has a powerful configuration and packs stacks of features into its 13.3in chassis. It's designed for users who want mobility in addition to plenty of speed and a full complement of ports and slots. It weighs 2.1kg and has a retail price of $1999.

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