Toshiba introduces new line-up of consumer notebooks
Those who were around during Toshiba's early days may remember the T1100 notebook with Intel 80C88 CPU (4.77 Mhz), 9.1-inch monochrome LCD at 640 x 200 resolution, and 256 KB RAM. The model weighed over 4 kilograms and was as much as $1899 at launch, which adjusts to about $4000 in today's market.
Thirty years have since passed and we've now advanced just a bit more in PC technology during that time. Let's take a look at the latest Toshiba models that now have hardly anything in common with the earliest of notebooks.
The Satellite C series will bring completely new looks. Positioned in the affordable entry-level segment, the models have simple designs with White or Black colors and matte, finely-grained surfaces. Announced devices are the C55-C and C70-C with Intel components up to a Core i5-5200U. Both Nvidia and AMD graphics will be supported from the 930M to the A8-7410 and Radeon R5 M330 on the C70D-C configuration. The 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models will have 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 resolution displays, respectively.
MSRP starts at 599 Euros up to 999 Euros depending on the trim. The new Satellite C models will be available in Europe in the next few days.
The colorful L series ranks just above the aforementioned C series. On display were five models with different colors for their lids. Aside from some slight visual differences, the chassis here is largely identical to the C series. Users can configure with Intel and Nvidia components (Core i5, 930M) on models L50-C and L70-C, while AMD components (A10-8700P, Radeon R6-M340DX) are available on the L50D-C. The L series separates itself from the C series with FHD displays and hybrid hard drives. Other features include Onkyo and Skullcandy speakers. Specific models with the brown display cover will receive exclusive Harman/Kardon speakers.
Prices start at 649 Euros up to 1099 Euros for the L series. Availability will be soon following the C series.
The top range is represented by the P series where Intel/Nvidia components can be found on the P50-C and AMD components on the P50D-C. A touchscreen version (P50t-C) will be made available as well. These models will use an aluminum chassis for improved visuals and feel and to set it apart from the C and L series of notebooks. Intel options will go up to a Core i7-5500U and Nvidia up to a GTX 950M for the P50t-C. AMD options are up to a Radeon R6 M340DX and A10-8700P APU. The displays start at FHD with UHD options up to 3840 x 2160. Matte screens are available only for the 17-inch models.
The Satellite P50-C start at 1249 Euros and will be available soon. Starting prices for the AMD or touchscreen models were not disclosed.
Satellite Radius 15
Last but not least is the Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C, which will be a refresh of the current model. The convertible can fold thanks to 360-degree hinges not unlike those on the Lenovo Yoga series. Thus, modes as such Stand, Tent, and Tablet are possible. The IPS display will be 1080p and its CPU will be an i5-5200U with integrated HD 5500 graphics. Rounding off the package will be Harman/Kardon speakers and 16 GB RAM.
The new Radius 15 will be available soon for 1249 Euros.
Note that all presented models have been designed for Windows 10 and can be upgraded when the time comes.