In an embargoed
briefing last week, Toshiba’s group product marketing manager, Young
Bae, said that these new Satellite E series notebooks will take design
cues from the company’s luxury Kirabook.
“This less-expensive series will be made with aluminum [versus the
Kirabook’s magnesium],” said Bae. “But they will have many of the same
high-end features [as the Kirabook]. We’ve spent the last year filtering
down high-end features to our lower-end platforms.”
notebooks in Toshiba’s new Satellite E series will be equipped with
backlit keyboards. The 15.6-inch E55-series notebooks will have a
numeric 10-key pad.
Bae said while the Satellite E series notebooks will range in price
from just under $600 to less than $900, they will feature
brushed-aluminum casings, backlit keyboards, two USB 3.0 ports (one with
USB Sleep & Charge, for charging USB devices while the computer is
asleep), one USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, a full-size gigabit Ethernet port,
an SD card slot, and either 500- or 750GB mechanical hard drives that
can be combined with an optional 32GB SSD cache. The 15.6-inch model
will have an embedded numeric keypad.
The new line will also have dual-band 802.11ac wireless network adapters, and models with Intel CPUs will support Intel’s WiDi wireless display technology.
ToshibaThe Satellite E series will boast brushed-aluminum enclosures.
Most Satellite E-series notebooks will rely on integrated graphics,
but customers will have the option of configuring them with a discrete
graphics processor in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce 740M. Either way, the
display will be limited to a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels.
The 14-inch Satellite E45T will be available August 4 at Best Buy
stores, BestBuy.com, and Toshiba Direct. The 15.6-inch Satellite E
series will be available in September online and at major retailers.
Toshiba has not announced detailed pricing for either model.