updated 12:15 pm EDT, Wed October 17, 2007
Toshiba A200, A210 laptops
Toshiba says it has decided to rebrand its Satellite Pro line of notebooks, targeting "mobile professionals" with machines that have essential features but reasonable prices. The first fruits of this strategy are the A200 and the A210, which together share many common elements; among these are 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, DVD SuperMulti drives, and 120GB, 5,400rpm hard drives. Both models are also sized at 15.4 inches, with a native resolution of 1280x800, and come loaded with Windows XP Professional instead of Vista.
The systems are separated by three major factors. The 210 is AMD-based, using a 2GHz Turion 64 X2 processor, versus the 200's 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. The 210 is further equipped with 2GB of RAM instead of the 200's 1GB, and has the benefit of a dedicated graphics card, the Radeon X1200. Buyers of the 200 are limited to an integrated graphics chip. Despite this prices start at $899 for the 210, and $999 for the 200.