updated 05:05 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012
32GB, 65GB USB 3.0 flash drives also announced
Toshiba announced two USB 3.0 accessories in its mobile lineup, a universal docking station and a 15.6-inch portable LED monitor. The dynadock U3.0 is a universal USB 3.01 docking station equipped with a total of six USB ports, four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. Two of the front ports allow users to charge other devices while the laptop is powered down, sleeping or undocked.
The dynadock U3.0 has a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a video card that supports simultaneous full HD on two displays, with one HDMI and one DVI/VGA connector. It is also compatible with 5.1 surround sound audio systems through HDMI or 3.5mm audio ports.
Toshiba's USB 3.0 Mobile LED Monitor is a 15.6-inch diagonal anti-glare widescreen. Like the earlier earlier 14-inch model, it has 1366x768 HD resolution and a combination case and stand. The monitor weighs approximately 3.6 pounds, including its hybrid case/stand, and is less than one inch thick.
Both peripherals are certified compatible with Windows.
Toshiba also unveiled two additions to its lineup of TransMemory-EX series of USB flash memory products. The USB 3.0 compliant drives will be available initially with storage capacities of 32GB and 64GB. The new products use Toshiba's DDR NAND and offer maximum data transfer rates of 220MB/second read and 94MB/second write. Those rates are approximately 22 times and 18 times faster, respectively, than Toshiba's previous models.
The drives support Windows ReadyBoost, which allows computers running Windows 7 or Vista to use external memory as a hard disk cache to improve performance. They are also backward compatible with USB 2.0.
The dynadock U3.0 will be available for purchase in late January for $180. Toshiba says the Mobile Monitor is scheduled to ship in April 2012 and will announce pricing closer to its launch.
Pricing and availability of the new TransMemory-EX USB 3.0 flash drives were not announced.
Toshiba dynadock U3.0