Toshiba has announced the inevitable update to its C, L and P Series laptop range, and has introduced the new Series S. Packing Intel’s new Ivy Bridge or, in the cheaper ranges, new AMD processors, the 14, 15 and 17in computers aren’t a huge step away from their predecessors, though HD webcams and USB 3.0 are now available as standard, which is great.
The ultra-budget end of the Toshiba laptop line, the refreshed C800 Series features glossy but textured plastic lids in black or silver, which are supposed to be pretty fingerprint resistant. Count that as a good thing in our book, since Toshiba laptops have often had an unhealthy affection for fingerprints and smudges in the past.
You also get hard drives of up to 500GB, decent connectivity, and a DVD optical drive (no Blu-ray option here). Prices start at $400 in the US.
The improved Toshiba L800 Series will be thinner than their predecessors, but still maintain a glossy-looking lid now in four different colours (red, blue, black and silver) and shiny interior. Other changes include a larger touchpad and a switch to SRS Premium HD audio processing. Blu-ray drives are optional.
Storage is left unspecified, but we’re assuming hard drives again up to at least 750GB. A $450 starting price seems eminently reasonable, though we’ll have to wait and see how it translates to the UK.
The new S800 Series are for the more style-conscious who are still on a budget. Featuring snazzy brushed-aluminium lids in Ice Blue (an unusual but very attractive choice of colour for a metal-finish laptop), the S Series bring optional AMD Radeon dedicated graphics cards to the table for (light) gaming and include optional Blu-ray players to make for all-round entertainment machines. These can be yours from $800.
Toshiba’s premium laptops, the P Series feature brushed or dimpled aluminium bodies, premium touches like a hard drive sensor, Toshiba’s Resolution Plus, and most importantly, glasses-free 3D, elevate these machines above the norm.
We’ve already looked at the Toshiba P855, so why not check out our comprehensive hands-on including UK pricing to find out if this is the laptop range for you?
At the top of Toshiba’s gaming laptop league, the X875 seems to be a minor update of the Qosmio X870 we looked at a while back. The CPU has of course been confirmed as Ivy Bridge, while the GPU is Nvidia’s new 6-Series Keppler architecture, specifically a GTX 670M. US pricing and availability has been confirmed as starting at $1,300 and the end of June, respectively. For all the other details, check out our preview.