Toshiba Refreshes Satellite Notebooks

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Toshiba today refreshed its entire Satellite notebook computer line for the back-to-school selling season with the addition of four new consumer models, one of which features a DVD-ROM drive.

Chris Pollitt, Toshiba's group manager for notebooks, said the emphasis for the summer is on the fact that his company can bring to market a notebook with a DVD-ROM drive and Intel Celeron 400MHz mobile processor for less than $2,000. However, he does not expect DVD drives to become standard on all Satellite notebooks anytime this year.

The Satellite 2595DVD, in addition to the 2X DVD-ROM and 400MHz processor, has a 6.4GB hard drive and a 14.1-inch TFT. It carries an estimated street price of $2,299.

Positioned just below the 2595DVD is the 2595CDT, which has the same processor and hard drive, but a slightly smaller 12.1-inch LCD and 24x CD-ROM drive. The 2595CDT has an estimated street price of $1,799.

The Satellite 2595CDS keeps the Intel Celeron 400MHz processor, but to maintain a low price, the unit sports a smaller 4.3GB hard drive and a 12.1-inch dual-scan LCD.

An AMD K6-2 366MHz processor powers the entry-level Satellite 2060CDS/2065CDS, at an estimated street price of $1,399. Other features include a 4.3GB hard drive, 12.1-inch LCD, 24x CD-ROM drive, and a 56K V.90 modem.

For the business customer requiring a high-end notebook Toshiba rolled out the Satellite 4100XDVD and 4090XDVD. The former uses a Pentium II 400MHz and the latter a Celeron 400MHz processor. Both feature a 2x DVD-ROM drive and have estimated street prices of $2,799 and $2,499, respectively.

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