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Toshiba Unveils Four New Satellite Laptops

Andy Vandervell


Toshiba Unveils Four New Satellite Laptops

Toshiba has announced a bevy of new laptops for its Satellite consumer range today. Comprising the 16in A500, 13.3in U500, the 15.6in L500 and the 17.3in L550, the new machines will be available from the end of this month, with the budget orientated L300 and L350 models also seeing a face-lift.

Starting with the 16in A500 range (above), prices will start at £599. Processor options include the 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 and the 2.16GHz T6500, with RAM and hard drive options up to 4GB and 500GB respectively. Selected models will get ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics cards and backlit keyboards, while all models will benefit from Harman Kardon speakers - continuing Toshiba's reputation for excellent laptop audio.

Like most new laptops, the A500's display is a 16:9 aspect effort with a 1,366 x 768 native resolution. A multi-touch touchpad is the other major new feature, which appears to be a feature every new notebook has these days. Toshiba is also making a big thing of its new 'A4 full-size' keyboard, which features a number pad. Unfortunately, as the promo video above shows, it looks as though it's also as glossy as the outgoing model.

Next is the U500 (above), which is Toshiba's new 13.3in model. Prices will also start at £599, with processors options being a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo P7350, 2.00GHz Dual Core Pentium T4200 and the 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo T6500. Graphics will be model dependent, being either Intel integrated or ATI's Mobility Radeon 4570. Both the U500 and the A500 feature a new power saving Eco Utility tool, which has its own dedicated shortcut button.

For those who want something a little larger to replace a desktop there's the L550 (above). It has a 17.3in display but retains the 1,366 x 768 resolution display, with graphics coming from an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570. There's just a single processor listed, the 2.16GHz T6500, and prices are expected to start at £699.

Finally there's the 15.6in L500 (above), a budget model that will start at £449. They'll be three CPU options, with 2.16GHz and 2.0GHz Intel processors and an AMD Turion RM-72 (2.10GHz) providing the budget option. Some models will come with ATI HD 4570 graphics, with cheaper ones sticking with Intel integrated and also 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.


Toshiba Media Page


July 16, 2009, 10:49 pm

Why the glossy plastic keyboard Toshiba? 17.3inches @ 1366x768? I hope Toshiba provide some sort of DVD upscaling in these 'media laptops' because for £599 nowadays you can get very capable machines with Blu-Ray drives.


July 16, 2009, 11:17 pm

All these have the same graphics (ATi 4570) I would expect the bigger laptops to have better graphics but I'm also confused because the new Dells 17inch and 13inch have ATi 4330. Is there a significant difference between the two?


July 17, 2009, 2:51 am

@matt - Ive gotta say I love the piano black but not on the actual keyboard! what were they thinking


July 17, 2009, 5:58 am

Toshiba notebooks are nice, but the glossy keyboards are a huge letdown. Give me something like Sony or ThinkPad keyboard and I may consider them.


July 17, 2009, 6:32 am

Full sized keyboard? What are they talking about, we can all see that it's a compact keyboard with the arrow keys moved under the shift key. I wonder if they're trying to point out that the keys are full size? If that's the case then Toshiba should really get their terminology sorted out.


July 17, 2009, 1:50 pm

Are Toshiba still making any models with a nipple mouse? It's a shame the best pointing device seems to be on the way out.

Russell Peto

July 17, 2009, 5:14 pm

ummm... shouldn't that be "Harman Kardon" speakers?


July 17, 2009, 5:17 pm

@Russell Peto: Indeed it should. Fixed.


July 17, 2009, 5:31 pm

@Mike: The Tecra M10 and A10 definitely have one, and I'd imagine there's a good chance the rest of Toshib'a business line has one.


July 21, 2009, 5:54 pm

@Mike Parin

The trackpoint is the one feature I miss most from my ThinkPad. By far the best pointing device for laptops.

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