updated 08:35 am EST, Tue January 23, 2007
Toshiba Satellite A135
Toshiba this morning prepared its Satellite line for next week's release of Windows Vista, including a new model that the system builder claims is one of most inexpensive dual-drive notebooks available. The pictured Satellite A135 ships with up to two hard disks despite its smaller and lower-cost 15.4-inch widescreen display -- creating a total of 240GB of storage in the flagship S4499 model, Toshiba says. Every model also ships with a 5-in-1 card reader and a dual-layer DVD rewriter. Prices for models shipped directly from Toshiba start at $900, which nets an S4427 model with a 1.73GHz Core Duo, 1GB of RAM, and 120GB of storage; the dual-disk S4499 raises the features to a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, and Vista Ultimate for $1,500. The A135 line as a whole will ship February 20th.
The computer designer also released a pair of new models each for two of its existing lines. The 17-inch, desktop replacement-sized P105 can use its USB TV tuner with Vista Home Premium; both its new S6207 and S6217 variants ship with a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo and 2GB RAM, with the base S6207 sporting a 160GB drive and the S6217 using a larger but slower 200GB disk. In contrast, the 12-inch U205 is split into two models based on memory, with the lower-end S5057 running a 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM and its S5067 counterpart doubling the RAM to 2GB. Toshiba says it will have the updated P105 models ready in time for Vista's launch on January 30 at prices of $1,600 and $1,650 respectively; the U205 is due to ship a week later at $1,300 for the S5057 and $1,600 for the premium S5067 edition.