Friday, October 16th 2009

Toshiba Adds Two New Stylish Windows 7 Laptops

Toshiba today introduces the Satellite L450 and the Satellite L555 laptops – a duo of new Satellite models aimed at consumers looking for affordability without compromising on style and performance.

Combining power and ease-of-use, both Satellite models are equipped with Toshiba LifeSpace software, a new application suite exclusively for Toshiba laptops featuring Windows 7. Designed to help consumers keep desktops free from clutter, Toshiba LifeSpace facilitates the organisation of tasks such as personal appointments, and reminders, making it easier for users to keep track of important dates and documents. A virtual and customisable ‘Bulletin Board’ enables users to create instant thumbnail shortcuts, keeping desktops organised and offering one-click access to important files and folders. ‘ReelTime’ also accelerates file searching by automatically adding a shortcut to the timeline of recently used files, which can list up to 5,000 items visually.

Both laptops also feature Toshiba Eco Utility, a Toshiba-developed software application that allows users to monitor how much energy their laptop is using. Users are given direct access to a power saving Eco Utility tool, which enables them to see the efficiency offered by Eco Utility in direct comparison to the standard power mode. Reducing the energy consumption by up to 25% in idle mode, Eco Utility contributes to both models’ ENERGY STAR 5.0 certification.

Toshiba’s EasyMedia feature set adds to the ease-of-use provided by both new models. An integrated web camera with Toshiba Face Recognition enables users to securely log on to their computer without the need for passwords. The Satellite L555 also features a touch pad with Multi-Touch Control, providing an alternative for conventional scrolling by allowing users to pinch, scroll and flick their way through menus images and files.

Satellite L450
Powered by either the latest Intel or AMD processors, the Satellite L450 includes high capacity integrated hard disk drives of up to 500GB, providing generous amounts of space for multimedia content libraries. Up to 4GB of RAM gives users generous capacity for multitasking, enabling them to manage several applications simultaneously.

The 15.6” TruBrite HD display features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio at a high definition resolution of 1366 x 768, making the Satellite L450 ideal for enjoying multimedia material in the home or on the move. A range of connectivity options includes HDMI for compatible HD ready TVs, and three USB ports provide the facility to connect to multiple devices at any one time. An integrated microphone is also included, combining with the webcam to provide users with the perfect platform for video conferencing over the web.

The Satellite L450 is finished in brushed silver, with an A4 black keyboard.

Satellite L555
Boasting a 17.3" TruBrite HD widescreen display with LED backlighting, the Satellite L555 offers crisp and brilliant colours, providing an affordable and high quality platform for enjoying multimedia content.

Available with the latest Intel and AMD processing technology, the Satellite L555 features extensive options to enable users to connect to a multitude of external devices at any one time. Integrated HDMI enables users to connect the Satellite L555 directly to HD ready TVs, whilst three USB ports (1x eSATA) offer the ability to connect to a wide range of mobile phones, digital cameras and personal media players at the same time.

Draft-N wireless facilitates media management, content creation and consumption, casual gaming and web surfing. A 4-in-1 Bridge Media Adaptor provides compatibility with various memory cards.

The Satellite L555 is available in a stylish, eye-catching Toshiba Fusion Finish with Breeze pattern on the inside and outside, featuring an all over Precious Black design.

Intelligent PC management
The entire range of Toshiba Satellite models feature Toshiba ConfigFree™ technology, which simplifies network configuration and online access, while Toshiba’s PC Health Monitor gives a quick overview of the essential components of the laptop’s health, such as temperature and battery status.

Satellite L450 specifications:
  • Intel Celeron T3000 (1.80GHz) / AMD Athlon (2.0GHz) / AMD Sempron SI-42 (2.10GHz) / AMD Turion Dual Core (2.2GHz) processors
  • Intel GMA / ATI Radeon GPUs
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Up to 4GB RAM (2GB+2GB)
  • Up to 500 GB Hard Disk Drive
  • DVD SuperMulti - Dual Layer
  • 15.6” Toshiba TruBrite HD (1366 x 768) widescreen display
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 4-in-1 Bridge Media slot
  • Wireless LAN b/g/n
  • Integrated webcam and microphone
  • Weight 2.94kg
Satellite L555 specifications:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7450 (2.13GHz)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650 GPUs
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
  • 4GB RAM (2GB+2GB)
  • 500GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
  • DVD SuperMulti - Dual Layer
  • 17.3“ Toshiba TruBrite HD (1600 x 900) widescreen display with LED backlighting
  • 3x USB 2.0 (1x eSATA)
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 4-in-1 Bridge Media slot
  • Wireless LAN b/g/n
  • Integrated webcam and microphone
  • Weight 3.17kg
Pricing and availabilityBoth models will be available from late October, with full product specifications available from www.toshiba.co.uk. Pricing starts at £329 for Satellite L450 models, while the Satellite L555 is available from £699.
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13 Comments on Toshiba Adds Two New Stylish Windows 7 Laptops

#1
wiak
AMD + ATI Radeon = ftw
Intel + Intel GMA = Crap

:nutkick:
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AlCabone
by: wiak
AMD + ATI Radeon = ftw
Intel + Intel GMA = Crap

:nutkick:
Well, the right choice nowadays is clearly Inter CPU + ATI GPU.
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wiak
by: AlCabone
Well, the right choice nowadays is clearly Inter CPU + ATI GPU.
call it crazy but its Intel CPU + AMD GPU you fool :roll:
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#4
xenos
15.6" Toshiba TruBrite HD (1366 x 768) widescreen display

Enough said.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: xenos
15.6" Toshiba TruBrite HD (1366 x 768) widescreen display

Enough said.
indeed. quite a nice resolution.

Its higher than 720P for media, its cheap to make/use (thus lowering the price of the unit) and its lower resolution makes anything 3D less of a burden on the weak GPU's.
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#6
xenos
by: Mussels
indeed. quite a nice resolution.

Its higher than 720P for media, its cheap to make/use (thus lowering the price of the unit) and its lower resolution makes anything 3D less of a burden on the weak GPU's.
No no and no. Its got a big screen and a TINY resolution. Epic fail. You can get a 1080P display in a chassis of this size.

Whoever actually plays 3D games on a laptop just needs a slap. Theres no point in even trying, leave it to the desktop where you can get a nice peripheral setup and sit back in a nice comfy chair.

1080P in a laptop would be perfect for multitasking, Windows 7 window drag and drop so you can have two items open sharing half the screen each. Thats more like it. No arse monkeying about scrolling up and down the screen all freeking day.
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Mussels
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by: xenos
No no and no. Its got a big screen and a TINY resolution. Epic fail. You can get a 1080P display in a chassis of this size.

Whoever actually plays 3D games on a laptop just needs a slap. Theres no point in even trying, leave it to the desktop where you can get a nice peripheral setup and sit back in a nice comfy chair.

1080P in a laptop would be perfect for multitasking, Windows 7 window drag and drop so you can have two items open sharing half the screen each. Thats more like it. No arse monkeying about scrolling up and down the screen all freeking day.
i've got a 40" screen at that resolution.

ive got first hand experience that it doesnt fail - wheres yours?
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#8
xenos
by: Mussels
i've got a 40" screen at that resolution.

ive got first hand experience that it doesnt fail - wheres yours?
A 720P TV and a monitor are two completely different things.

I'm writing this on a 24" BenQ FP241W with a 1920x1200 res, I get a LOAD more done than I did with my old 17" Viewsonic VP171S at 1280x1024.

I have a 32" 720P TV and frankly it stinks to use it as a monitor for anything other than Windows Media Centre, as I mentioned you spend ur life scrolling up and down.

If it was 1080P then that would be fine to use on a Windows desktop and with most games, but 720P just doesn't cut the mustard. Theres not even as many pixels as my old 17" 1280x1024.

Its still personal preference but I'm not sure why we seem to be going backwards with monitor resolutions. If you are saying you use the 40" for TV then thats a different story. We still use a Toshiba 36" CRT in our main room because it gives a better picture than any LCD available. Resolution is much less important if your just watching a video.

As far as business productivity goes my clients are always asking for bigger (higher res) screens and more of them.
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#9
craigo
Toshiba seem to pick interesting resolutions for all of thier notebooks my x205 sli3 has a res of 1680x1050...which is okay but this model is fitted with a HD DVD drive...so to get the full experience i need to go external with the HDMI...im wondering why they didnt use a 1080p monitor....as for gaming on a laptop..horses for courses..i got sick of dragging my silverstone tj-09 case around...so maybe i think what you use your hardware for is ridiculous too..but you would have to be a tard to post that point of view on an enthusiast hardware forum.
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Mussels
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by: xenos
A 720P TV and a monitor are two completely different things.

I'm writing this on a 24" BenQ FP241W with a 1920x1200 res, I get a LOAD more done than I did with my old 17" Viewsonic VP171S at 1280x1024.

I have a 32" 720P TV and frankly it stinks to use it as a monitor for anything other than Windows Media Centre, as I mentioned you spend ur life scrolling up and down.

If it was 1080P then that would be fine to use on a Windows desktop and with most games, but 720P just doesn't cut the mustard. Theres not even as many pixels as my old 17" 1280x1024.

Its still personal preference but I'm not sure why we seem to be going backwards with monitor resolutions. If you are saying you use the 40" for TV then thats a different story. We still use a Toshiba 36" CRT in our main room because it gives a better picture than any LCD available. Resolution is much less important if your just watching a video.

As far as business productivity goes my clients are always asking for bigger (higher res) screens and more of them.
i use the TV daily for TV, web browsing, gaming, etc.

yes, things do get a little cramped for daily use - but just like my HTPC, you arent going to exactly be doing web dev on that laptop. its a low end media laptop, and as such its screen fits its purposes perfectly.
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#11
TheLaughingMan
by: xenos
I'm writing this on a 24" BenQ FP241W with a 1920x1200 res, I get a LOAD more done than I did with my old 17" Viewsonic VP171S at 1280x1024.
You could have just made everything small instead of normal for Windows default scaling. That would put more on the screen if that was your only concern.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: TheLaughingMan
You could have just made everything small instead of normal for Windows default scaling. That would put more on the screen if that was your only concern.
in particular, windows 7 works really well for this. you can even halve the size of the task bar now.
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#13
Baum
from all this i think you don't get the point that shiny displays stink!

just use high res and balance it with price as far as you can got selling something

i still remember how people said i am crazy using 1200p screen on my m5550 Laptop
know i upgraded the 7600 go to HD4650 mxm module running windows 7 x64 on a non shiny hi res screen 15,4 inch and it is just a dream!

both are rip of compared to street prices, i haven't seen any cheaper laptop with bad gpu's, you can get 300-500€ Laptops everywhere with ati and nv midrange gpu beating the s out of those.

for me it is booo toshiba try to fool someone else but thats not competitive at any point (look at the CPU ok?)
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