We’re seeing plenty of new systems and updates to existing systems coming out of the Computex trade show, mostly tied into Intel’s new fourth-generation Core i series processors. Toshiba has gone a little further than most, updating its premium PC line, from multimedia laptops to all-in-one desktops.
That said, there are few surprises here. Some updated looks, more touch
screens, a promise of upcoming Intel “Haswell” generation processors —
but as most of those new CPUs haven’t been announced yet (with the
exception of the higher-end quad-core models), don’t expect new Intel
processor model numbers just yet.
In fact, Toshiba’s most-intriguing current product was only announced a few weeks ago — the high-end Kirabook, a 13-inch ultrabook with a very high-resolution display, and a high price to match.
You can find more information on Toshiba’s new Android tablets here, while below is what you’ll find in the
Windows 8 lineup going into the back-to-school season.
Satellite S series
Toshiba refers to the mainstream Satellite S series as “multi-purpose
systems for everyday computing.” We’ve previously reviewed these systems
and found them a bit on thick side, but generally solid all-around
midsize laptops for entertainment and productivity. The updated version
has a brushed-aluminum chassis in a color Toshiba calls Ice Silver. More
importantly, the S series is being updated with Intel’s
fourth-generation Core i series CPUs, although only the new quad-core
CPUs from Intel have been announced yet. For specifics on the more
mainstream-friendly dual-core chips you’re likely to find in the
Satellite S, you’ll have to check back in after Intel’s Computex press
Fairly configurable, the S series will also offer
optional discrete graphics from Nvidia, up to the GT 740M. the 14-,
15.6-, and 17.3-inch models are available with an optional touch screen,
although only the two larger sizes have 1,920×1,080-pixel screen
resolution options. Standard Toshiba features such as Harman Kardon
speakers and sleep-and-charge USB ports for easy device charging are
also included. The Satellite S will be available June 9, starting at
$799 (or $699 if you settle for a last-gen Intel processor).
Satellite P series
A step up from the Satellite S series is the Satellite P series. This
line is a Best Buy exclusive, which means you’ll only find them in that
chain’s retail stores or Web site, starting June 9 for $754 and up.
Again, Intel’s fourth-generation Core i-series CPUs are the main driving
force behind the update, and this line also offers optional Nvidia GT
Despite being able to support up to 1TB of storage space and up to 32GB
of RAM, the new P series is, according to Toshiba, 25 percent thinner
than last year’s version. The company calls the updated P series design
“Skyline,” and it features edge-to-edge glass over the display, an
LED-backlit keyboard, and an aluminum interior tray in a color called
Available in 15.6- and 17.3-inch models, these also feature 1080p
screens, Harman Kardon speakers (this time with something called a
“Slipstream port” for less sound distortion), and sleep-and-charge USB
ports that also offer access to the system’s speakers.
The 15-inch is available in touch and non-touch screens, while the
17-inch is non-touch only. Why anyone would buy a non-touch midsize
premium laptop in 2013 is beyond me, but these models do commit to
outputting at 4K 3,840×2,160-pixel resolution via HDMI.
Not that many PC makers still push traditional gaming laptops, which
makes the long-running Qosmio line even more important for gamers. The X875 model, launched just after
CES 2013, is
already being updated in the form of the new Qosmio X75 (the slightly
simplified naming system gets rid of a generation number right after the
X). This non-touch 17.3-inch beast also joins the Intel fourth-gen
party, but this time, the CPUs go all the way up to the
Haswell-generation quad-core Core i7. Add to that the option for 32GB of
RAM, 1.25TB of HDD and SSD combined storage, and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX
770M GPU, and you have a pretty impressive gaming machine (in fact, I’m
currently using the previous X875 model for PC gaming benchmark development right now).
The design is still a bit on the dorm room chic side — Toshiba calls
the design Black Widow, and it’s largely black, with aluminum and
glowing red accents. Like the Satellite P series, it does 4K video
output via HDMI, and has the sleep-and-charge ports, and Harman Kardon
speakers, but also packs in full versions of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements
11 and Premiere Elements 11 for multimedia production.
The Qosmio X75 will be available in mid-June, starting at $1,399.
PX35t all-in-one desktop
The practical, compact all-in-one desktop is quickly being recast as a
multiuse home device, combining a TV display, PC, touch-screen kiosk,
and more into one device. Toshiba’s new PX35t adds all the currently
expected features, starting with a 23-inch 1080p touch screen.
The industrial design follows Toshiba’s flat-screen TV line, with a
silver design names (as with the P series laptop) Skyline. The screen
sits atop a u-shaped base, and the system includes an anonymous-looking
keyboard, and an oddly bold-looking angular mouse.
The PX35t will be available with Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, up to
1TB of HDD space, and up to 16GB of RAM. It also has an HDMI input, so
you can use the screen with a game console, cable box, media player, or
other external device. It will be available in mid-June, starting at