Toshiba Refreshes Satellite Line

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New York - Toshiba today introduced its laptop line for the back-to-school season.

The upgraded laptops are in the company's L, C, P and Qosmio series and include AMD's latest A4, A6 and A8 accelerated processing units with on die graphics, along with a variety of Intel chips.

Toshiba executives said the new AMD processors are enabling the company to hit lower price points yet deliver excellent performance.

The new P series was created by merging the old Toshiba A and M series and now stands as the company's premium laptop series.

The P-series units can be configured to use AMD A series of processors or an Intel second-generation Core chip. Screen sizes include 15.6 and 17.3 inches, and come with Blu-ray and USB 3.0 along with a variety of hard drive and memory options. The 15.6-inch display is available in 3D, as well. Pricing starts at $629.

Toshiba also made several major changes to the Qosmio models. It reduced the screen size from 18.4 to 17.3 inches, added a subwoofer and the new glossy Fusion finish. It is 3D, and has a 1.2TB hard drive and Nvidia GTX560M graphics. Depending upon configuration, pricing for the Qosmio ranges from $1,199 to $1,899.

The Satellite L700 series has a price range of $449 to $699 and comes in screen sizes of 13.3 to 17.3 inches and will ship in late June.

All feature Toshiba's glossy Fusion finish and come in graphite, white, red and brown color schemes. Optional Blu-ray drives and HDMI are available on certain models.

The $499 L735 starts the line. It comes with both AMD dual-core A4 or quad-core A6 APU or a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor.

The L745 carries a $449 suggested price tag and has a 14-inch display. The step-up L755 has a slightly larger 15.6-inch screen and a $483 suggested retail price.

At the top of the L series is the L775, $579, with a 17.3-inch screen that is targeted at the desktop replacement market.

The C series was expanded this year to include a 17.3-inch model in addition to the currently available 15.6-inch size. Pricing starts at $379. The models can be configured to use AMD's C-50 and E-350 APUs. They have hard drives up to 640GB, 4GB of DDR3 memory, two USB 2.0 ports, Wi-Fi and a DVD Super Multi drive.


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