Toshiba Satellite A500, U500, L500 and L550 notebooks get official

Jul 17, 2009
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Toshiba Satellite A500, U500, L500 and L550 notebooks get official

Toshiba UK have unveiled the company's latest Satellite notebooks, the A500, U500, L500 and L550, with screen sizes ranging from 13.3-inches to 17.3-inches.  The laptops start with the the 13.3-inch WXGA ultraportable U500, shown here, with a choice of Core 2 Duo and Pentium CPUs, up to 4GB RAM, 500GB storage and optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics.

Video demos after the cut

The 15.6-inch WXGA L500 comes next, with either a Core 2 Duo T6500, AMD Turion Dual Core or Pentium T4200, up to 4GB RAM and 320GB hard-drive.  It too has optional HD 4570 graphics.  Next is the 16-inch WXGA A500, with 2.16GHz or 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB RAM and 500GB hard-drive, plus Radeon HD 4650 graphics on selected models and an A4-sized keyboard.

Finally, the 17.3-inch WXGA L550 gets a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard-drive, plus a standard ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 GPU.  It, too, has the A4 keyboard.  All models have a choice of WiFi, from basic b/g through to a/g/n, and optional Bluetooth.  Full specs in the press release below.

The new Toshiba Satellite range will be available in the UK from late July, priced from £599 ($977) for the U500, £449 ($732) for the L500, £599 ($977) for the A500 and £699 ($1,140) for the L550.

Toshiba Satellite A500:

Toshiba Satellite U500:

Toshiba Satellite L500:

Press Release:

Toshiba Announces UK Launch Date And Specification For New Satellite Laptop Range

Core Facts
· Toshiba today announces that the new Satellite laptop series will be available in the UK from late July
· The Satellite laptop range features four models - the A500, U500, L500 and L550 - all packed with premium features and designed to deliver against a wide range of consumer demands
· For further information go to: http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/generic/new-satellite-range-2009/
Toshiba's new stylish Satellite range has been developed to offer personal computing solutions to suit different consumer needs - from the casual, everyday user who demands power and portability at an affordable price, to those looking for a laptop that supports their entertainment and multimedia requirements.
The Satellite range offers the following key features*:
1. Energy Efficiency
The new Satellite range is Energy Star 5.0 ready and all models feature an Eco Utility tool - a software application, developed by Toshiba, allowing users to easily manage the power saving configuration and compare power consumption when running in eco mode compared to the conventional power plan. The Satellite A500 and U500 even come with a dedicated Eco Utility Button, which gives direct access to the power saving Eco Utility Tool to encourage users to switch to eco mode.
2. Multi-Touch Control
Toshiba's new Multi-Touch control pad, available on Satellite A500 and U500 models, allows users greater control over their PCs using just the trackpad. Reducing the reliance on conventional scrolling and hard keys, the Multi-Touch control pad provides the ability to use fingers to pinch, swipe or rotate using the trackpad alone to zoom and scroll, making the new Satellite models the most intuitive yet.
3. Stylish Design
The Satellite range offers high-end design combined with durability. The A500 features a unique Toshiba Fusion finish based on In-Mold Rolling (IMR) technology, the U500 has an elegant Luxe Brown finish on the interior and exterior and the sleek and streamlined L500 and L550 models are also based on IMR technology to give them a cool, contemporary finish.
*For full specifications on all Satellite models please refer to Notes to Editors
High-Quality Multimedia Features: Toshiba Satellite A500
Perfect for users looking for a laptop to suit all their entertainment needs, the affordable Satellite A500 is a multimedia powerhouse that offers top quality sound and vision, with an inbuilt TV-tuner (selected models). Whether users are looking to edit, upload or share photos, video and sound or enjoy watching TV, the Satellite A500 provides a powerful multimedia performance.
Key features
· With a 16" Toshiba TruBrite® display, the Satellite A500 combines a 16:9 aspect ratio with a high definition resolution of 1366x768 - making it the perfect platform on which to enjoy movies and games on the move.
· All models feature high-quality Harman Kardon® stereo speakers that provide full-bodied audio and all models offer a Super Multi Dual-Layer DVD drive. Selected models also feature a slot loading DVD drive.
· Powered by the latest Intel or AMD processing technology, the Satellite A500 comes with a high-capacity integrated hard disk drive of up to 500GB, providing generous amounts of space for multimedia content libraries.
· Eco Utility Tool and Multi-Touch Control.
· The Satellite A500 comes with a sleek and elegant external design, featuring a unique Toshiba Fusion finish based on In-Mold Rolling technology. A choice of two designs will be offered, with a premium chrome-trim model also available, in addition to the silver trim variation.
Portability, Power and Innovative Design: Toshiba Satellite U500
For users always on the move and looking for access to their media wherever they are, weighing just over 2kg the Satellite U500 packs a powerful punch. Featuring many of the benefits of the Satellite A500 model, the U500 combines ultra-portability with high-quality performance.
Key features
· All models offer an ultra-compact body and a 13.3" WXGA Toshiba TruBrite® display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800, providing an excellent platform for the user that typically needs to stay active while on the move.
· Powered by Intel CPUs and ATI Mobility graphics processing technology (on selected models), the Satellite U500 provides excellent all-round performance, making it great for enjoying multimedia content.
· Eco Utility Tool and Multi-Touch Control.
· The Satellite U500 comes in an elegant Luxe Brown finish and as with the Satellite A500, two design variations will be available: a premium, chrome-trimmed model available as an alternative to the silver-trim design.
Quality and Affordability: Toshiba Satellite L500 and L550
The dynamic duo of widescreen models - the Satellite L500 and L550 - offer fantastic value to users looking for high quality everyday computing; emailing, social networking and casual gaming as well as accessing, organising and editing data, without compromising on style. Both models combine eye-catching design and all-round functionality in an affordable, mainstream laptop.
Key features
· The SatelliteL500 offers a 15.6" Toshiba TruBrite® display that provides a high definition resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, while the L550 features a 17.3" TruBrite® display with power-saving LED backlight technology, and a high definition resolution of 1,600 x 900.
· The Satellite L500 and L550 models offer a choice of stylish designs, with each machine based on IMR technology.
Satellite L300 and L350 Design Update
Existing SatelliteL series models - the L300 and L350 - have been given an exciting new look to offer users high-quality design and enhanced features at an affordable price. Both laptops now feature the unique, ultra-stylish Toshiba Fusion finish with Breeze pattern in Steel Grey on the cover - perfect for users looking to save money without sacrificing style.
About Toshiba
Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications equipment and systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.
Toshibawas founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 198,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

Toshiba Satellite A500 Specificiation:
• Intel Core2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53GHz) / Intel Core2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.16GHz)
• Up to 2GB + 2GB RAM
• 500GB HDD
• 16.0" TFT WXGA TruBrite display
• ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650 Graphics (selected models)
• Intergrated Harman Kardon® stereo speakers
• Integrated WiFi 802.11a/g/n
• New A4 full size keyboard, Multi-Touch Control and backlight keyboard (selected models)
• Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium
• Bluetooth (selected models)
• HD Widescreen Web Camera with Face Recognition
• Eco Utility tool with Eco Button
• DVD Super-Multi with slot loading DVD drive (selected models)
• 3x USB2.0 Sleep & Charge, 5 in 1 Bridge Media slot, 1x USB Sleep & Charge/E-SATA combo, TV tuner (depending on configuration)
• 2.94kg weight
• From £599 TPP

Toshiba Satellite U500 Specification:
• Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7350 (2.00Ghz) / Intel Pentium Core Processor T4200 (2.00GHz) / Intel Core2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.16GHz)
• Up to 2GB+2GB RAM
• Up to 500GB HDD
• 13.3" TFT WXGA TruBrite 1,280 x 800 display
• ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 Graphics (selected models)
• Integrated WiFi 802.11 a/g/n / Integrated WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
• Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium
• HD Widescreen Web Camera with Face Recognition
• Eco Utility tool with Eco Button
• DVD Super-Multi with slot loading DVD drive (selected models)
• 2x USB2.0 Sleep & Charge, 1x USB Sleep & Charge/E-SATA combo, 1x HDMI, 5 in 1 Bridge Media slot
• From £599 TPP
Toshiba Satellite L550 Specification:
• Intel Core2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.16GHz)
• 2GB+2GB RAM
• 500GB HDD
• 17.3" TFT WXGA TruBrite display
• ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570
• Integrated WiFi 802.11a/g/n
• New A4 Full Size Keyboard
• Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium
• 0.3MP Web Cam with Face Recognition
• 2x USB 2.0 Sleep & Charge, 1x USB Sleep & Charge/E-SATA combo, 1x HDMI
• 3.17kg
• £699 TPP

Toshiba Satellite L500 Specification:
• Intel Core2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.16GHz) / AMD Turion Dual Core RM-72 (2.10GHz) / Intel Pentium Processor T4200 (2.0GHz)
• Up to 2GB+2GB RAM
• Up to 320GB HDD
• 15.6" TFT WXGA TruBrite display
• ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570 (selected models)
• Integrated WiFi 802.11a/g/n / Integrated WiFi 802.11 b/g/n / Integrated WiFi 802.11 b/g
• New A4 full size keyboard
• Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium
• 0.3 Web Cam with Face Recognition
• 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB/E SATA combo, 1x HDMI, 4 in 1 card reader
• 2.72 kg
• From £449 TPP


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