Toshiba Announces Windows 7 Notebooks, Netbooks, & Touch Models

Toshiba is planning to offer various Satellite and Qosmio laptops with Windows 7 beginning October 22. Toshiba's range of laptops with Windows 7 Home Premium will include the Satellite U500 Series, Satellite M500 Series, Satellite A500 Series, Satellite P500 Series, Satellite L500 Series, Satellite T100 Series, and the Qosmio X500 Series. Toshiba also plans to offer Windows 7 Starter on the Toshiba mini NB200 Series netbooks.

In a separate announcement, Toshiba also introduced two new Satellite laptops that will feature touch screens. The new Satellite U505 Touch and Satellite M505 Touch models will enable users to flick through photos, shuffle files, browse online, and play games using Windows Touch-enabled functionality. Toshiba is also introducing its own touch-ready software called Toshiba LifeSpace which will be pre-installed exclusively on the new touch-enabled laptops. LifeSpace includes two components: Bulletin Board and ReelTime. Bulletin Board provides fast access to daily activities, tasks, and projects in a visual way. This application has several built-in gadgets such as labels, calendars, a clock, and a to-do list. ReelTime helps you find files based on when they were opened using a visual history. The Satellite M505 Touch laptop ($949.99 MSRP) will be available on October 22 and Satellite U505 Touch laptop ($1,049.99 MSRP) will be available on November 1.

Toshiba LifeSpace Bulletin Board

Toshiba LifeSpace ReelTime

Toshiba also plans to get rid of some of the bloatware we see on new machines; all new Windows 7 laptops will feature a simplified, clean desktop with the Recycle Bin and "minimal software running in the background like anti-virus on startup." Toshiba says this will improve startup, shutdown, and Fast Sleep-and-Resume performance.

Compact and Stylish: Satellite® U500 Series

The Satellite U500 Series are not just lightweight, highly mobile laptops, they are a fashion statement. With a vivid 13.3-inch high-def diagonal widescreen display, a unique textured finish on the outside and impressive multimedia performance on the inside with dual-core Intel® processors, these ultraportables fuse function with style and travel well with great battery life and a starting weight of just 5 pounds. The Satellite U500 Series will be available in four color finishes to match your personal style – Luxe Red, White, Pink and Brown. A touch-screen model is also available. Pricing starts at $698.99 MSRP.

Multimedia on the Go: Satellite M500 Series

The Satellite M500 Series are versatile, upscale multimedia performance laptops for work and play for home users, students and mobile enthusiasts. With Toshiba’s Fusion™ Finish with Sonic Pattern in new Red Onyx and White Onyx finishes as well as the original Black Onyx, this laptop packages performance-class technology with a 14-inch diagonal high-def LED backlit display perfect for enjoying digital media and entertainment. A touch-screen configuration is also available. Pricing starts at $699.99 MSRP.

High Definition Entertainment: Satellite A500 Series

Perfect for home users and tech enthusiasts, the Satellite A500 Series are entertainment-packed performance laptops that combine performance-class processing with Toshiba’s latest design elements. The sleek Satellite A500 Series features a 16-inch diagonal widescreen HD Edge-to-Edge display on select models, harman/kardon® speakers, optional Blu-ray® disc players and Fusion Finish and high capacity hard drives. Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD Turion™ II Ultra processor configurations and choices of integrated or discrete graphics are also available. Pricing starts at $589.99 MSRP.

Desktop Replacement: Satellite P500 Series

Featuring a brilliant 18.4-diagonal widescreen HD TruBrite™ display, the Satellite P500 Series is designed with digital media enthusiasts and mainstream PC gamers in mind. The premium Satellite P500 Series offers more than an ordinary laptop. Featuring harman/kardon speakers, as well as sleek slot-loading DVD drives and Edge-to-Edge displays in select models, this high-performance desktop replacement also incorporates powerful processing muscle with either Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion II processors, and choices of integrated or discrete graphics. Select models also include a Blu-ray disc player and/or illuminating LED backlit keyboard. Pricing starts at $799.99 MSRP.

Everyday Value: Satellite L500 Series

The Satellite L500 Series laptops are ideal for students, home users and anyone looking to enjoy digital media, staying productive, connecting online or casual gaming. Satellite L500 Series laptops are available with either a 14-, 15.6-, 16- and 17.3-inch diagonal display sizes and come equipped with powerful processor options from Intel and AMD, including the new Turion II and Athlon™ II, hard drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB and Toshiba’s popular Fusion Finish. Starting prices range from $504.99 to $579.99 MSRP.

Enthusiast-class Performance: Qosmio® X500 Series

Toshiba will offer the Qosmio X500 laptop in two configurations. The Qosmio X505-Q830 laptop features a stunning 18.4-inch HD TruBrite diagonal widescreen display with 1680 x 945 native resolution, a high-speed 7200RPM 320GB hard drive, 4GB of memory and is priced at $1,449.99 MSRP. The Qosmio X505-Q850 laptop features an 18.4-inch HD TruBrite diagonal widescreen display with 1920 x 1080 native resolution, a dual hard drive configuration with a 64GB solid state drive and a high-speed 7200RPM 320GB hard drive, 6GB of memory and is priced at $1,899.99 MSRP.

Small in Hand, Big on Innovation: Toshiba mini NB200 Series

The follow-up to Toshiba’s award-winning, super-compact netbook is now available with Windows 7 Starter. The Toshiba mini NB205 will continue to feature a 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen display, full-sized keyboard, laptop-sized touchpad and nine-hour battery life. Toshiba will offer the mini NB205 in multiple configurations with either 160GB or 250GB hard drive configurations and a choice of five color finishes: Sable Brown, Frost White, Indigo Blue, Posh Pink and Onyx Black. Prices start at $399.99 MSRP.