San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Toshiba introduced two new models in its P15 Satellite notebook series, while Sony has rolled out three new lines.
The Toshiba P15-S420 and P15-S470 are higher-end models based on the 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with HyperThreading Technology. Each has a 15.4-inch LCD. Both started shipping on Feb. 3.
The P15-S470, estimated street price $2,199, is Toshiba's latest model to incorporate the Windows Media Center operating system, giving the model PVR and television-viewing capability. Other features include a 60GB hard drive, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce FX Go2500 graphics card with 64MB of memory, a DVD Multi drive and 802.11g/a networking.
The P15-S420 has an $1,899 estimated street price and differs by dropping the Media Center OS, but adding a dual-format DVD burner and having a 80GB hard drive.
Sony's newest series are the PCG-TR3AP3, PCG-V505EX andPCG-Z1WA. The TR3AP3 is the company's smallest and lightest unit, 1.4-inches thick and weighing 3.1 pounds, to incorporate a DVD burner, in the form of a DVD-RW drive. Its features include an Intel 1GHz Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M processor, 1GB of DDR SDRAM, a 40GB hard drive, 10.6-inch LCD and 802.11b/g wireless-networking capability. A model with this configuration will carry a $3,000 suggested retail price, but the base model will start at $1,600.
The V505EX has a slightly faster 1.5GHz Pentium M, but comes with half the amount of RAM as the TR3AP3. Other features include an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 32MB graphics card, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, 802.11b/g wireless networking, 60GB hard drive and a 12.1-inch LCD. The V505EX weighs in at 4.4 pounds and suggested retail prices start at $1,900.
The Z1WA is slightly larger then its sister models, tipping the scales at 4.7 pounds, but comes with an 1.7GHz Pentium M processor, 14.1-inch LCD, 512MB of memory, 60GB hard drive, 802.11b/g networking and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive. Prices start at $2,300.