At $1,500, Toshiba’s 4K laptop is affordable, and launches next week

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Toshiba has officially lifted the curtain on their new 4K notebook, now dubbed the Satellite P55t, and it’s cheaper than we initially thought it would be.

In terms of specs, Toshiba’s Satellite P55t packs an Intel Core i7 CPU by default, and an AMD R9 M265X graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. It’ll also come with 1TB of storage. As was the case with the 4K Satellite notebook that Toshiba showcased at CES 2014 a few months ago, RAM can be maxed out to 16GB.

However, the star of the show is the notebook’s 4K display, without a doubt. The Toshiba Satellite P55t features a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 3840×2160, and 282 pixels per inch (PPI). The display is also Technicolor-certified, and comes with Chroma Tune software, which allows you to set color setting profiles for different programs on the system. Though the P55t’s display sounds impressive, we’re itching to get our hands on it and test it for ourselves, and see how it fares in our sRGB benchmarks.

Port selection includes quad USB 3.0 connections, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a memory card. The Toshiba Satellite P55t also packs in a Blu-ray burner.

Aside from the P55t, Toshiba is refreshing a bunch of its mainstream and back to school notebooks, which will carry price tags that range from under $500 and roughly $900. Meanwhile, Toshiba’s 4K Satellite P55t will hit the market next week on April 22, and will sell for $1,499.99.

4K resolution on a notebook is an intriguing prospect, and we wonder whether this will catch on with video editors on the go, as well as mobile gamers. Considering that it’s priced a couple hundred dollars north of the entry-level MacBook Pro with Retina and the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch, we can’t help but ponder how the P55t will fare against those two crowd favorites, and whether its AMD R9 M265X graphics card can consistently handle 4K gaming. Then, of course, there’s the issue of battery life with a system that sports such a high-resolution display.

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