Toshiba has unveiled four new notebooks that the company says are aimed at the business and professional sets…but we imagine there are more than a few gamers who wouldn’t mind setting their hands on one of them—the Qosmio X500.
The Qosmio X500 is neither slim nor lightweight…but that’s OK, since the behemoth packs an 18.4-inch display with up to 1,920 by 1,080 native resolution, Core i5 or Core i7 processors, Nvidia GTS 360 M graphics with 1 GB of video memory, support for up to 8 GM of RAM, and a 320 to 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-ray player/DVD Super Multi optical drive, HDMI output (plus S/PDIF for hooking up to serious audio systems), and an eSATA/USB combo port for high-speed external storage. And far from looking like a staid business notebook, the Qosmio X500 sports a red-and-black case with chrome accents. The units start at $1,464.99, and are available now.
Next up, some relatively toned-down systems for the business set. First, the Tecra A11 sports a 15.6-inch widescreen LED-backlit display driven by an Nvidia NVS 2100M graphics controller with 512 MB of video RAM—although Intel GMA models are available too. The system sports either Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors, 2 or 3 GB of RAM, an integrated 10-key numeric keypad, integrated webcam, a 250 to 320 GB hard drive, a DVD Super Multi drive, Mini DisplayPort output, a combined eSATA/USB port, and can be configured with either Windows XP or Windows 7 Professional. Prices start at $879.
Next, Toshiba’s Satellite Pro L450 and L500 are aimed at being business workhorse notebooks: they sport 15.6-inch displays, Core 2 Duo processors, intel GMA graphics, 2 to 43 GB of RAM, integrated Wi-Fi and webcams, and a DVD Super Multi optical drives, plus memory card readers. Some L450 models sport HDMI out, while the L500s sport 10-key numeric keypads. Prices start at $529 and $579, respectively.