Toshiba has just made a big splash in the Indian laptop market with the announcement of 18 new notebooks in its Satellite series. The list includes premium P Series notebooks with HD & full HD displays and C Series laptops which combine looks and performance. In addition, new L series PCs for a full-fledged multimedia experience and S Series notebooks with metallic build and the U40 series UltraBooks are also on offer.
Let’s start with the Satellite P series. These feature Toshiba’s Smart Silver finish and the now-standard harman/kardon speakers. Housed in an aluminium chassis, P series notebooks come with a HD webcam, a 15.6-inch HD or full HD Clear SuperView LED screen and support for 4K output through HDMI.
P-series laptops are Toshiba's high-end models
Users can choose between the 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz processor, priced at Rs 63,375 and the 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4500U processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, priced at Rs.76,660. Equipped with 4GB DDR3 and 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM (expandable up to 16GB) respectively, both Satellite P50-A X3111 and P50-A Y3110 come with Windows 8.1 and a 1TB hard drive. The new P series also has a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GPU and a built-in Slim 8X DVD super multi drive.
A neat addition is the Toshiba Sleep & Music feature that will let you play music through the integrated speakers, even when the PC is asleep or off. There’s also a USB sleep-n-charge utility letting you charge any device from the USB 3.0 port, without powering the laptop on.
The Satellite C-Series laptops also feature a 15.6-inch display, but are more aggressively priced in a range of Rs 24,730 to Rs 45,160. These too feature a 8x DVD super multi drive, but get integrated Intel HD graphics, instead of discrete cards.
The Satellite L Series laptops feature Intel Corei3 and i5 processors, Onkyo speakers and DTS Sound for richer sound. These are clearly geared towards multimedia consumption, but some of these feature the older Sandy Bridge processors.
Powered by the Core i3-3110M processor (2.4 GHz, 3MB Cache), the Satellite L50-A I0110 is priced at Rs 42,575 while the Satellite L50-A is priced at Rs 42,295. Both have a 500 GB hard drive. On the other hand, the Satellite L50-A I3111 features a capacious 1TB HDD and is powered by a Core™ i3 3227U processor (1.9 GHz, 3MB Cache) with a price of Rs 51,515. In contrast, the Satellite L50-A X0110, and the Satellite L50-A X0111 run on 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and house a 750 GB hard drive. These are priced at Rs 53,710.
The L series notebooks feature 15.6-inch Clear SuperView LED backlit display, 4GB DDR3 RAM (expandable up to 16GB), in-built slim 8X DVD optical drive. The Satellite L50-A I0110 and Satellite L50-A I0111 are fitted with Integrated Intel® HD Graphics, while the Satellite L50-A I3111 comes with 2GB dedicated graphics (maker unknown).
The stylish U series
The S series laptops – Satellite S50-A I2010 and Satellite S50-A X2010 – run on Core i3-3110M processor (2.4 GHz, 3MB Cache) and 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200M processor 2.5 GHz respectively. These feature an “ice silver brushed metal slim chassis” that’s less than 25mm thick. The S50 notebooks also feature Onkyo speakers and DTS Sound along with and 24-bit stereo with Intel High Definition Audio for immersive sound experience and NVIDIA graphics for a superior graphics performance. They come with 15.6-inch Clear SuperView LED backlit display, 4GB DDR3 RAM (expandable up to 16GB), NVIDIA GeForce 710M (1 GB) dedicated graphics, in-built slim 8X DVD optical drive and a ClickPad with multi-touch gesture support.
A capacious ClickPad on the U series
Finally there’s the U40 series, which features laptops powered by 4th generation Intel Core i3 & i5 processors. Priced at Rs 45,835, the Satellite U40-A I0110 runs on 4th Gen Intel Core i3-4010U processor (1.7GHz, 3MB Cache), while the Satellite U40-A X0110, priced at Rs 51,910 is powered by the 4th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5-4200U processor 1.6 GHz with turbo boost technology 2.0 up to 2.6 GHz (3MB Cache). The entire U40 series come with 14-inch Clear SuperView LED backlit display, 4GB DDR3 RAM (again expandable up to 16GB), integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400.