Toshiba Unveils Spring Laptop Line


New York - Toshiba has released its spring computer lineup that has the company bringing down high-end features into its mainstream products along with a total redesign of several models.

The company introduced new laptops in its C, L, P and Qosmio laptop lines; however, at this time it did not bring out any new Ultrabooks.

One of Toshiba's changes for the spring is to bring down higher-end features into mainstream products, said Toshiba's Young Bae, product marketing manager, digital products division. This is to help offset the higher average selling prices that have been in effect due to the hard-disk-drive shortage, he said.

The flagship P800 comes in 14, 15.6 and 17.3 inches and is powered by Intel's third-generation Core processors and Nvidia's GeForce 630M discrete graphics. Bae said the chassis were redesigned to include an etched aluminum finish, backlit keyboard, Harman Kardon speakers and an optional Blu-ray drive.

Other features include USB 3.0 ports, HD webcam and an HDMI port.

Pricing starts at $799 for the P845 and P855 and $849 for the P875. Bae said that although the P-series feature set to some extent overlaps that with the Ultrabooks now on the market, he did not think one will rob the other of sales.

"With laptops and Ultrabooks, one size will not fit all. Some people will still want a two-spindle system that is still slim and light," he said.

The S800 comes in the same display sizes and processor configurations, but has optional AMD discrete graphics. Pricing starts at $699, and they will be available starting June 24 at retail.

The mainstream L800 and C800 laptops will come with display sizes of 14, 15.6 and 17.3 inches and respective prices of $399, $499 and $599. Bae said these include larger, recessed touchpads so they can be used with the gesture controls that will be included in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. They also include SRS Premium HD sounds and are powered by AMD's multi-core Accelerated Processing Units or Intel's third-generation Core processors. Memory and storage capacities vary depending upon the configuration.

Toshiba's Qosmio line has also been reworked to include a new aluminum chassis that is 25 percent thinner and lighter than the previous plastic model, Bae said. It comes only in a 17-inch size and is being targeted at portable gamers and the professional market. Bae said there is a 3D option, although 3D in laptops has not gained as much traction as the industry expected.

The two new models are the X875 and X875 3D. Both units are available with Intel's Core processor line and Nvidia's eForce GTX 670M GPU with 3GB of discrete GDDR5 memory. The 3D version comes with Nvidia's 3D Vision 2 kit that included active-shutter glasses. There is 2TB of storage, and a variety of memory options are available, the company said.

The models range in price from $1,299 to $2,499, and they will ship early in the third quarter.


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