Big hard drives, generous amounts of RAM and touchscreens typically carry a premium price tag in laptops, but Toshiba is altering that picture with its new Satellite laptops.
The Satellite E55D packs a lot of tech into a fairly cheap package. For $579, you can buy a 15.6-inch laptop with a 750GB hard disk, 8GB of RAM and fifth-generation Wi-Fi (802.11ac). If you’re willing to pay $699, you can get a model equipped for touch as well as a hard-disk expansion to 1TB.
The tradeoff: the E55 carries a quad-core AMD A6 (“Kabini”) processor rather than an Intel Core chip. Screen resolution is also fairly average at 1,366 x 768. But the machine benefits from Toshiba’s overall laptop design sensibilities, boasting an aluminum lid and palmrest, an LED backlit keyboard and DTS-enhanced audio.
An Intel version of the E55D will be available as well. Both versions will be available in September.
Toshiba is also introducing a new Ultrabook this month, the Satellite E45t (above), which will be exclusive to Best Buy. It’s a 14-inch model with an Intel Core i5 processor. In addition to the standard Ultrabook capabilities (such as Intel security), the E45t includes Nuance’s Dragon Assistant, which lets users control their PC with voice.