Toshiba Updates Satellite Pro Notebook Line With Four Varied Models

At this point, nearly every major notebook maker has issued new machines with Intel's Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 inside. But Toshiba has been hanging back, watching as everyone else makes those first moves and grabs for attention. Now, the time is obviously right for the company to introduce four new Satellite Pro models: the 13.3" L630, 15.6" L650/L650D, 17.3" L670/L670D and 15.6" C650/C650D.

All four feature a unique array of customizable options. Users can get these with a Core i3/i5 CPU or one of AMD's Athlon II dual-core chips (the "D" models). Other specifications include Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Professional, an optional Blu-ray recorder, HDMI output, Dolby audio, Toshiba Media Controller, tough pad with multi-media control, and a 3D sensor to protect stored data in case of falls.

Screen resolution obviously varies by screen size, while up to 8GB of RAM can be found alongside Intel GMA HD or ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port and a multi-card reader. These are expected to ship in Q2 for undisclosed amounts in Europe, with other regions getting them soon after.

Toshiba Computer Systems, a division of Toshiba Europe GmbH, today announced four new models in its Satellite Pro range. They offer the essentials to easily manage today‘s demanding business applications in small offices. On top of this they provide plenty of multimedia features supporting professionals during their work or serving as an entertainment device during breaks or for leisure. The new Satellite Pro models pursue Toshiba’s strategy to offer the right business device for each budget and each usage scenario from ultra-portability to desktop replacement. The devices will be available during the second quarter of 2010 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Compared to their equivalents in the consumer targeted Satellite range, the Satellite Pro C650 / C650D, L630, L650 and L670 come with some changes and additions appropriate to business needs – for example Gigabit Ethernet , connectivity for a high speed LAN connection and preinstalled Windows 7 Professional. Some models of the Satellite L650 and the Satellite L670 will also be available later with a non-reflective display2 for a high picture quality independent of ambient light conditions.

To meet the trend that business laptops are also used for leisure during ‘down time’, the new Satellite Pro devices feature an optional Blu-ray Disc™ rewritable drive1, (playback, recording & rewriting content up to 50GB on a double layer disc), Dolby® Advanced Audio1, , HDMI-out1, to connect to a TV set, and Toshiba Media Controller for easy content streaming. All Satellite Pro laptops come in a classic and timeless black design that continues the common Satellite Pro design language. The laptops’ textured surface provides for robustness and a low sensitivity to fingerprint marks.

Satellite Pro L630 – ultra-portability without compromise
The new ultra-portable 33.8 cm (13.3’’) Satellite Pro L630 is designed for users who need advanced computing performance while they are out and about. Though being very slim and light this business device doesn’t compromise on performance and usability. The 13’’ laptop offers a full-size flat keyboard and, like the larger models, a Touch Pad with Gesture Control. A 3D sensor protects data stored on the hard disk drive in case of shocks or drops and prevents the optical disk drive from opening unintentionally while being carried.

For the many users who still prefer to connect their consumer electronic devices via an analogue connection the glossy black XV series also offers analogue ports such as SCART, composite video, component, analogue audio input, PC-input (VGA), headphone socket and woofer out.

Satellite Pro L650 – managing everyday computing needs
Targeted at professionals with everyday computing needs – which increasingly include multimedia requirements – the Satellite Pro L650 features a 39.6cm (15.6’’) HD display with LED backlighting. It is a laptop with all-round capabilities that will help to easily manage todays business applications both in the office and while out and about.

Satellite Pro L670 – ideal for desktop replacement
Offering everything that is needed for everyday, no-frills computing, the 39.6cm (15.6″) Satellite Pro C650 is the ideal laptop for freelancers or other professional users who are on a tight budget. The Satellite Pro C650 features an Intel CPU while the C650D utilises an AMD processor.

Sustainable and eco-friendlyToshiba ensures that all laptops are fully compliant with European WEEE and RoHS directives, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Additionally the Toshiba Eco utility helps to reduce power consumption. The newly announced Satellite Pro range is ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified.