updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue October 14, 2008
Toshiba updates Satellites
Toshiba on Tuesday announced some detail hardware and software changes to its Satellite range of laptops, including the 13.3-inch U405, 14.1-inch M305 and M305D, 15.4-inch A355 and A305. The Satellites get quicker Intel and AMD processors, ranging from 2.0GHz to 2.26GHz processors from the former and 2.0GHz and 2.1GHz CPUs from the latter. A few new features are also added to some of the Satellites, including Toshiba's face recognition software for access to the computer via the webcam and USB Sleep-and-Charge ports that will charge the batteries of compatible devices even when the laptop is in standby mode.
Other new additions involve an eSATA combo port on certain models that can transfer files between the laptop and an external hard drive as much as five times faster than a USB 2.0 connection. Rounding out the additions are a built-in FM tuner and a dedicated ATI Hybrid CrossFireX graphics card that delivers sharper graphics when called for and saving battery life by reverting to the integrated GPU when not needed for multimedia file playback or gaming. These are likewise available on higher-end models.
The updated Satellite laptops are now available in stores and online, ranging in price from $850 to $1,150.