Toshiba's quartet of new laptops includes 4K Satellite P55t

A 17.3-inch desktop replacement is among the other notebooks announced. Prices start at $649.99 for the Best Buy exclusive 14-inch Satellite E45.


Toshiba launched four new Satellite laptops yesterday, including one that looks to cash in one of the hot trends for notebooks in 2014.

The Satellite P55t will be one of the first 4K Ultra HD portables to hit the market, offering four times the resolution of 1080p HD at 282 pixels per inch. Its 15.6-inch display is the first to earn Technicolor Color Certification, which Toshiba hopes will appeal to creative professionals working with digital video and graphics. The company is including a version of Adobe Lightroom 5 for photographers and designers with the P55t.

The laptop's other specs include Intel Core i7 Haswell processor choices, up to 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics, and a 1TB hard drive. A Blu-ray burner is optional, while the built-in Harman Kardon speakers are available for music playback even when the laptop is turned off. The P55t will be available starting next week directly from Toshiba's website for $1,499.99 (and up). 

Among the other trio of new notebooks from Toshiba is the Satellite E45, which will be exclusive to Best Buy stores and The 14-inch model will provide two choices in screen resolution (1,366x768 and 1,920x1,080), as well as a selection of dual-core Intel Core i5 or i7 Haswell CPU options. The 4.6-pound E45 can handle up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive space, with the E45t version offering a touchscreen option to use with Windows 8.1. The E45 series will be available on June 22 with a starting price of $649.99.

The 15.6-inch Satellite S55 manages to weigh the same as the E45, despite the bigger screen. It also provides similar display resolution choices, though it adds the AMD A10 as a processor option. Like the E45t, the S55t is a touchscreen variation. You can also choose optional AMD Radeon M7 M260 discrete graphics for either the S55 or its larger S75 sibling.

The desktop replacement Satellite S75 comes with a 17.3-inch display available in either 1,600x900 or 1,920x1,080 resolution. Processor options are similar to the E45, but the S75 can be configured with a Blu-ray burner. The S75 does not appear to include a touchscreen-enabled version like the E45 and S55 models.

The Satellite S55 and S75 will also be available starting on June 22 from $698.99, though unlike the E45, they can be purchased through Toshiba's site and other retailers.