Toshiba's new Satellite range of laptops announced

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Toshiba is remaining pretty tight lipped as to the exact technical specifications of their new laptop range but we do know that all models will feature an eco utility management system that allows consumers to reduce the amount of energy being used. And remember kids, green is good.

Here’s a quick look at what we do know about the four models that have been announced:

A500

Sat_A500_chr_Prod_Full_May09_04.jpgThis looks like being the more multimedia based one of the litter. A 16-inch TruBrite HD screen, 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366×768 resolution will be perfect for movies and games, particularly on the premium version which will have a flush screen – i.e. an edge to edge picture.

The impressive picture will be assisted by equally impressive sound – all versions will ship with Harman Kardon stereo speakers. A HD webcam that records in widescreen will also be a welcome addition to web-video creators.

The premium version is the only one which will contain a DVD drive, sadly, though. Available on all versions, however, is the multi-touch control pad that provides the ability to use fingers to pinch, swipe or rotate using just the trackpad – a bit like you use the iPhone screen I imagine.

Looks wise, it doesn’t look too dissimilar to the A350, which we previewed back in January although there will also be a silver version available. Also, looks like there is a little remote control in there which would be a nice touch for a multimedia machine.

U500

Sat_U500_slot_Prod_Full_May09_06.jpgThis looks like a scaled down version of the A500 to be honest, this time with a 13.3-inch screen which isn’t quite HD but 1280×800 WXGA instead.

Again, they’ll be a premium and a standard model with, again, only the premium containing a built in DVD drive, to go with its edge-to-edge (or “chrome-trimmed” as they’re calling it) screen.

Interestingly it will be available in “Luxe Brown” in order to “give a big impression” whilst “on the move”. Can brown ever give a big impression on the move? Err, well I suppose……

L500 and L550

Sat_L550_BL_Prod_Full_May09_04.jpgI’ve lumped these two together because Toshiba has done the same in their press-release. And if they’re going to be lazy then so am I.

These are the wide screen versions, both HD, the L500 is 15.6-inch and has a resolution of 1366×768 and the L550 is a mammoth 17.3-inch and has a resolution of 1600×900.

That’s about all I know on these ones, apart from the fact that the keyboard is available in silver as well as the black as shown in the picture.

Keep your eyes peeled for further details of this range on Tech Digest, as always we’ll do our upmost to keep you all in the loop. When they do arrive, they’ll be available here.

Paul Lamkin