Toshiba Updates Satellite Notebooks

It’s a busy day for Toshiba as the company enters the personal storage business and rolls out updates to its Satellite line of notebook computers, offering 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and a model with both a 17-inch screen and a starting price under $1,000.

First up, three new models of the Toshiba Satellite A205 notebook offer a 15.4-inch 1,280 by 800 pixel widerscreen display, 802.11n Wi-Fi, an integrated Webcam, and a LabelFlash DVD±R double layer DVD burner which enables users to etch labels onto their DVD media without having to print labels.

"Toshiba’s new Satellite A205 series provides consumers with a powerful notebook computer that’s ready to handle any task ranging from entertainment to productivity," said Jeff Barney, VP of marketing for Toshiba America’s Digital Products Division, in a statement. "The Satellite A205 series packs advanced performance and affordability into an eye-catching design, making the notebook much more than just a stunning machine on the outside."

The high-end A205-S4639 offers Windows Vista Ultimate, up to 280 GB of storage via two SATA drives, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.73 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce Go 7300 graphics controller, and a fingerprint reader. The A205S4617 sports an Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 1.66 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, fingerprint reader, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Intel GMA 950 graphics, while the A205-S4577 offers a 1.73 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, and Intel GMA 950 graphics under Windows Vista Home Premium. Suggested prices for the new A205s start under $1,000 with the S4577 beginning at $999.99, the S4617 starting at $1,349.99, and the S44639 starting at $1,549.99. All three units are available now.

Second, Toshiba’s new Satellite P205s bring 17-inch 1,440 by 900 pixel LCD screens under the $1,000 mark, bringing along 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking and a built-in Webcam.

"This a beautiful product inside and out," said Barney. "The 17-inch Satellite P205 provides a user experience that is unrivaled in its class; not only is this product stunningly beautiful, it has the power to entertain, be used to communicate with distant family, and produce DVD labels with professional precision at the attractive sub $1,000 price point."

At the high end, the P205-S6287 sports an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.73 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM, a 200 GB hard drive, Intel GMA 950 graphics, and integrated stereo speakers for $1,349.99. The P205-S6267 offers a 1.86 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 120 GB hard drive, and a starting price of $1,199.99, while the P205-S6237 offers a 1.73 GHz Pentium Dual Core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 120 GB hard drive, and a starting price of $999.99. All the new P205 models sport Windows Vista Home Premium, and are available now.

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