Toshiba is getting its name on our news pages for all the right reasons recently, having finally managed to cram a writeable HD DVD drive into the Qosmio range recently. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the company would want to get its share of the action that MSI and Dell are doubtless hoping to secure with their high-end and portable models.
Starting with the high-end, the Toshiba Satellite X200 certainly looks the part, with a stylish red accenting that looks less garish than the flames of the MSI GX700. Backing up the exterior is a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 T7300 processor, 2GB 800MHz DDR2 RAM, a 512MB nVidia 8700M GT and the option to add a 1GB Turbo Memory (Robson) module.
The X200 also features an HD DVD-ROM drive, backed up with S/PDIF and HDMI outputs, along with a 17in 1,680 x 1,050 screen. While we'd have preferred a 1,920 x 1,200 panel to back up the HD drive, having a lower native resolution should help if you want to play games on the go and there's always the option to connect the notebook to an HDTV should you so desire. With pricing at £1,199 exc. VAT (£1408 inc. VAT), Toshiba do seem to pack in a fair amount of punch for the asking amount.
Representing the Yin to the X200's Yang is the U300, throwing a hat into the 13.3in ring that seems so popular recently. Toshiba call it an ultra-portable, but semi is probably a more appropriate prefix given the 1.99Kg weight. Horsepower is provided by (in the base spec) a 1.8GHz Core 2 T7100, 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, Intel GMA X3100 graphics and a 160GB hard drive, while the 1,280 x 800 panel is pretty much expected in this form factor. Most astonishing is the price, with the press release pinning the U300 as a mere £595 exc. VAT (£699 inc. VAT).