Toshiba updates notebook lineup

Summary:PC maker's updated business and consumer notebook range features models with Intel's Centrino Pro platform and Core 2 Duo processors

Toshiba has updated its business and consumer notebook lineup, introducing models with Intel's Centrino Pro platform and Core 2 Duo processors.

The flagship product in the business range is the Portégé R500 — which Toshiba claimed features "several world-firsts". According to the PC maker, it's the lightest and thinnest notebook with a 7mm optical disk drive, it has the longest lasting battery life (12.5 hours, measured according to Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association standards) and is the first commercially available notebook to use transflective LED backlight technology. The transflective technology is similar to that in One Laptop per Child's XO laptop.

Using the standard 12.5 hour six-cell battery, the Portégé R500 weighs in at just under one kilogram (999 grams) and includes a 12.1-inch display, keeping to a svelte 19.5 by 283 by 215mm.

Customers can select the Portégé R500 with standard 120GB hard drive for £1,392 or opt for a 64GB NAND flash SSD (solid-state drive) for £1,739.

Tecra A9

  • 15.4-inch XGA (1024x768) widescreen
  • 80 or 120GB HDD
  • 1GB memory
  • £835-£974

Tecra M9

  • 14.1-inch XGA widescreen
  • 80GB, 120GB or 160GB HDD
  • 1GB or 2GB memory
  • Intel Centrino Pro (Active Management Technology 2.5) optional
  • £974–£1,438

Tecra P5

  • 15.4-inch XGA or SXGA+ (1400x1050) widescreen
  • 80GB, 120GB or 160GB HDD
  • 1GB or 2GB memory
  • Intel Centrino Pro (Active Management Technology 2.5) optional
  • £1,091-£1,346

Portégé M600

  • 13.3-inch WXGA widescreen (LED backlit)
  • 120GB HDD
  • 1GB memory
  • Intel Turbo Memory
  • £1,160

Satellite Pro P200

  • 17-inch SXGA+ widescreen
  • 200GB HDD
  • 1GB memory
  • £1,160

Joining Toshiba's consumer line is the colossal Qosmio Q40, a performance heavyweight designed for home-theatre enthusiasts, featuring a two-lamp WUXGA (1920x1200) widescreen display supporting 1080p high-definition video playback, a HDDVD-R drive, twin digital TV tuners, 2GB RAM, HDMI 1.3 and 7.1ch audio support and two 200GB hard drives. The Qosmio G40 has an RRP of £2,109.

Toshiba also introduced new models to its Satellite range with five new products: the A200, M200, U300, P200 and X200.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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