New York - Toshiba's digital products division revamped its
entire line of Satellite laptosp today for the back to school selling
The across-the-board refresh includes the addition of new lower-cost
laptops that will appeal to consumers hurting from the ongoing
economic crunch. On the other end of the price spectrum is the A665 3D-edition entertainment
notebook that also features a Blu-ray Disc rewriteable drive.
The A665, $1,599, has a 120Hz 15.6-inch LED backlit 3D and comes
with a pair of active-shutter 3D goggles, said Philip Osako, Toshiba's product
marketing director, digital products division. It ships on June 20.
While 3D movies are all the rage right now, Osako believes gamers
will be the driving force behind 3D adoption in computers.
"From a gaming point of view, 3D is a good fit. The movies will
come later," he said, adding that already there are many 3D PC games already
The A665 also features Toshiba's Fusion X2 finish, which is a
combination of a textured and glossy surface that is on the unit's case and
Other specifications include an Intel Core i7 740QM processor, Nvidia,
GeForce GTS 350M with 1GB of discrete DDR3 memory, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 640GB
hard drive, Harman/Kardon speakers, webcam with facial recognition, combo eSATA/USB
port, HDMI port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
On the other end of the price spectrum are Toshiba's C600-series
laptops. Osako said to help consumers impacted by the ongoing economic crunch,
Toshiba rolled out the C600 series, which starts at $450 for a basic laptop.
The C600 series includes 15.6-inch and 14-inch screen-size models
with hard drives ranging from 250GB to 320GB, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a DVD SuperMulti
drive, and a choice of Intel Celeron or AMD Athlon processors.
The C600 ships on June 20.
For the back-to-school shopper Toshiba has revamped its L series,
adding an ultra-portable 13.3-inch model to its current line of 14-, 15.6- and
17-inch laptops Osako said.
The four models in the series are the L635, $619; the L645, $515;
the L655, $569; and the L675, $599. All ship on June 20.
The L-series notebooks are available with Intel Core i3 and Core
i5 Turboboost processors. AMD Athlon II and Turion II dual-core processors
along with Phenon II triple- and quad-core processors are optional features. Other
configuration possibilities include up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB to 500GB
hard drives, and all are eco-friendly, meeting the EPEAT Gold Status. The
models come in steel gray, black, red, white and brown.
Toshiba's ultra-thin T200-series portfolio also has two new
designs, the T215 and the T235. Pricing starts at $469, and these units also
ship on June 20.
The 3.3-pound T215 has an 11.6-inch LED backlit LED display and
is available with an AMD Athlon II Neo single- or dual-core processor, a 320GB
hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 memory.
The 13.3-inch T235 weighs in at 3.9 pounds and can be equipped
with either an Intel ultra-low-voltage Pentium dual-core processor or AMD's
Athlon II Neo or Turion Neo. It has the same hard drive but doubles the amount
of memory to 4GB.