Toshiba announces 5 new laptops

Toshiba Laptops

Toshiba has announced a bunch of new laptops:

The Satellite Pro L300 and L300D start at $699 for a basic 15.4″ laptop.

The Satellite Pro M300 is a more portable 14.1″ laptop starting at $999.

The Satellite Pro U400 is a compact 13.3″ laptop for $1049.

The Satellite Pro L350 is more of a desktop replacement with 17″ screen starting at $1099.

Not really earth-shattering new, just your average business laptops.

(full press release after the jump)

Toshiba Adds Five New Models to its Satellite Pro Portfolio of Business Essential Laptops
Starting at $699, Toshiba’s Expanded Satellite Pro Family Now Offers a Broader Selection of Notebook Computing Options

IRVINE, Calif. (April 22, 2008) — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the addition of five new models to its affordable Satellite Pro® family of laptops. With a starting price of $699, the new Satellite Pro series offers the necessary business essentials for today’s mobile professionals and students, including a choice of display sizes and configurations to suit a broad range of computing needs.

“The expanded Satellite Pro family of laptops demonstrates Toshiba’s commitment to its customers,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “Listening to the voice of the customer and their requests for more computing options within the affordable Satellite Pro lineup, Toshiba is delivering five new models of Satellite Pro laptops to meet customer needs.”

Featuring 13.3-inch, 14.1-inch, 15.4-inch and 17-inch displays, Toshiba’s Satellite Pro laptop family offers the latest processor technologies that provide outstanding business performance, including models with Intel® Centrino® processor technology, featuring Core™ 2 Duo processors2, or AMD dual core processors2.

With nine different configurations, the expanded Satellite Pro family allows users to choose the right computer for them, including models with an integrated 1.3 megapixel Webcam with microphone, ideal for videoconferencing or staying in touch with colleagues and family members across the globe. Additionally, in response to customer requests for a choice in notebook operating systems, select Satellite Pro models feature configurations with either Windows® XP Professional or Windows Vista™ Home Basic.

All five new Satellite Pro models include a DVD SuperMulti drive, TruBrite® widescreen display and a wide variety of connectivity options including wireless3 LAN, fast Ethernet, modem and ExpressCard slot for enhancing hardware capabilities or adding wide-area wireless technologies. Toshiba’s ConfigFree® technology helps users connect to the most popular types of wired and wireless networks allowing them to stay in touch in the office, at home or while traveling. Offering users investment protection, Satellite Pro models also include embedded support for Computrace® in the BIOS firmware for optional Computrace® products that can help in theft recovery and protect data on missing notebooks.

The expanded Satellite Pro family includes the following models:

Satellite Pro L300 and L300D
Starting at $699, the affordable 15.4-inch diagonal widescreen Satellite Pro L300 series and Satellite Pro L300D series offer the laptop essentials mobile professionals need to do more, at or away from their desk. The stunning TruBrite® display offers a large work space and provides an ideal canvas for desktop presentations. Providing users with additional choices and outstanding performance, Satellite Pro L300 configurations include Intel® Centrino® processor technology, featuring Core™ 2 Duo processors2, while Satellite Pro L300D configurations include AMD dual core processors2. The Satellite Pro L300 and L300D laptops also offer configurations with Windows Vista™ Home Basic or Windows® XP Professional, as well as integrated 802.11 a/b/g wireless3 and built-in Webcam with microphone.

Satellite Pro M300
Helping mobile professionals work smart and travel light, the streamlined Toshiba Satellite Pro M300 series features a portable design that strikes an ideal balance between mobility and business essential computing. Starting at $999, the affordable Satellite Pro M300 series includes a 14.1-inch TruBrite® display that offers users amazing picture quality in a compact form factor, while providing plenty of room to work with spreadsheets or other important business applications. To help ensure mobile professionals stay connected in more ways around town or across the country, select models of the Satellite Pro M300 series also include 802.11 a/g/n wireless4 and a 1.3 megapixel Webcam with built-in microphone.

Satellite Pro U400
With a 13.3-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite display, the Satellite Pro U400 series is ideally sized for on-the-go productivity while traveling or in the office. This highly mobile laptop features Bluetooth® v2.1, Intel 802.11 a/b/g wireless3 and a 1.3 megapixel Webcam with built-in microphone, allowing mobile professionals to stay connected and productive wherever they go at an affordable price of $1,049. For added security and protection of the system and its data, the Satellite Pro U400 series includes a fingerprint reader and a 3D accelerometer hard drive protection system.

Satellite Pro L350
Offering fundamental business performance, the Satellite Pro L350 series features a spacious 17-inch diagonal widescreen XGA+ TruBrite display and full-size keyboard with a 10-key numeric pad, helping to make this notebook an affordable desktop replacement. The large display of the Satellite Pro L350 series can help save on additional equipment costs by eliminating the need for an external monitor. The integration of 802.11 a/g/n wireless4, a 160GB hard drive5 and built-in Webcam with microphone, combined with the desktop mobility of the Satellite Pro L350 series, enables mobile professionals to stay productive and connected at an affordable price of $1,099.

Complete product information for all Satellite Pro configurations are available at www.explore.toshiba.com/laptops/satellite-pro. Toshiba’s Satellite Pro series is now available through the company’s Resellers Partners, mail order and Toshiba Direct with prices ranging from $699 to $1,149.

The Satellite Pro series is available with a one year standard, limited warranty6, which includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country; or customers may utilize any of the 4,460 UPS Stores and Mail Boxes Etc. locations nationwide for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for prompt turnaround service. Customers can also choose to upgrade the notebook’s service plans, including up to four years of extended warranty coverage.

All new Toshiba laptops are RoHS-compatible7, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Toshiba also offers a computer trade-in and recycling program to reduce environmental impact and promote efficient utilization of resources. All Toshiba computers qualify for free recycling, while non-Toshiba computers and other consumer electronic products can be recycled for a small fee. For more information please visit: www.explore.toshiba.com/green.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba has more than 191,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US $60 billion (FY2006). For more information on Toshiba’s leading innovations, visit the company’s Web site at www.toshiba.com.

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© 2008 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.

1. Price. Reseller prices may vary. ESUP means “Estimated Single Unit Price.”
2. Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
3. Wireless. May require purchase of additional software, external hardware, or services. Transmission speeds may vary. See Wireless Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com.
4. Wireless-N. wireless AGN (802.11a/g/n) adapter is based on a draft release version of the IEEE 802.11n specification and may not be compatible with, or support all features (e.g., security) of, certain Wi-Fi® equipment.
5. Hard Disk Drive Capacity. Hard drive capacity may vary. 1 Gigabyte (GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. See Hard Disk Drive Capacity Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
6. Warranty. The terms and conditions of Toshiba’s standard limited warranty, extended warranty and service upgrade terms and conditions are available at www.warranty.toshiba.com.
7. RoHS. This product is compatible with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC. See RoHS legal footnote at www.info.toshiba.com#RoHS