Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba’s new Portege A605 12.1-inch notebook, based upon its business-oriented Portege R500 ultraportable laptop, is now available to consumers.
The company also launched a new gaming laptop.
At a starting price of $1,399, the A605 has many of the features of its business-targeted predecessor.
It features a silver aluminum enclosure, weighs 3.3 pound, measures 1.18 inches thick and is said to offer more than six hours of battery life. Despite its thin profile, the device still features a built-in optical drive.
Its integrated USB sleep-and-charge ports allow the user to charge other devices like smartphones or MP3 players through the notebook, even when the computer is turned off.
The A605 features an Intel Centrino 2 Duo processor, 3GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. It is also Energy Star 4.0 compliant.
The device was designed with EasyGuard Technology, which is a series of hardware and software enhancements that Toshiba said can better protect and secure one’s laptop during everyday computing. Components include HDD Protection, a spill-resistant keyboard and a fingerprint reader.
The Portege A605 is available now and comes with a one-year standard limited warranty.
Separately, Toshiba’s latest gaming laptop, the Qosmio X305-Q708, features a 17-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite display, an Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor and Dual GPU Nvidia technology. It has 1GB of DDR3 discrete graphics memory and a 128GB solid -tate primary drive that can be paired with a 320GB standard hard drive.
The device features Toshiba’s trademark Fusion finish. Other features include 4GB of RAM, a full-size keyboard with 10-key pad, four Harman Kardon stereo speakers with built-in subwoofer, and HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. Its built-in 1.3-megapixel Web cam has Toshiba’s face-recognition technology for security. The device also has a sleep-and-charge port.
The Qosmio X305-Q708 is now available directly from Toshiba, and a variation on the model is available through retailers at a suggested $4,199.