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Toshiba Updates Netbooks, Bows Best Buy Laptop

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LAS VEGAS —

Toshiba will bring an updated netbook line to International CES, as well as a new laptop that will sell exclusively through Best Buy.

The netbook category will remain important to Toshiba, despite the overlap that will likely take place between these products and the upcoming tablets, said Phil Osako, Toshiba’s product marketing director, digital products division.

Giving the netbook category some extra life are consumers looking to get some additional productivity out of their netbook.

In order to deliver a better experience for these customers, Toshiba is adding an Intel Dual Core Atom processor with its new E309. This $399 has a new brushed-aluminum lid and textured finish.

Toshiba also has the new entry-level NB 500 at $299. It holds the same feature specs as the company’s previous price leader model, but adds a soft rubberized lid and comes in blue, orange and brown.

The Satellite E 305 will sell exclusively through Best Buy. Osako said this is the third year the two companies have collaborated on a laptop. This model will ship in the spring and has not been priced.

It will have a 14-inch display, weigh less than 5 pounds, use an Intel next-generation processor, and feature a new industrial design with a brushed-aluminum chassis.

Other features include a 500GB hard drive with 4GB of flash memory, Intel’s wireless display technology, USB 3.0 and 4G Wimax. A Blu-ray drive will be standard.

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