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April 10, 2012

Toshiba Revamps Satellite, Qosmio Laptop Lines

Toshiba Satellite S Q3 2012

You may not be thinking of back-to-school shopping just yet, but Toshiba is ready with five lines of laptops that will reach retailers at the beginning of the third quarter.

The new portables will feature the latest Intel and AMD processors, including some configurations with Intel's third-generation Core or "Ivy Bridge" CPUs.

At the entry level ($400 to $550)—currently home of models like the Satellite C655-S5542—the Satellite C800 series adds formerly absent HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, as well as a 14-inch model to the existing 15.6- and 17.3-inch choices. A larger, recessed touchpad addresses what a Toshiba rep tells PCMag was consumers' number-one complaint - unintended mouse movement.

Moving up to the Satellite L800 series ($500 to $700) brings SRS Premium Sound HD to address consumers' second greatest concern, audio quality, as well as dual USB 3.0 ports with Toshiba's Sleep & Charge functionality to recharge handheld devices even when the laptop is powered down. Thinner than previous Satellite L models, the L800s feature a Fusion II plastic case finish with a new cross line pattern in a variety of colors. They, too, are available in three screen sizes.

A new Satellite S line (pictured) slots in between the L and P series, positioned as offering smart performance for $700 to $1,000 (or $50 to $100 under comparably equipped Satellite P systems). Featuring a brushed aluminum finish in Ice Blue, the three S800s offer Intel "Ivy Bridge" or AMD multicore Accelerated Processing Units with optional discrete ATI graphics; top-of-the-line configurations include a Blu-ray player.