Toshiba launches Satellite and Equim laptop series

Toshiba has announced the arrival of its consumer-aimed new Satellite and Equium laptop series in the UK.

With models that range from "affordable everyday computing" to "powerful desktop replacements" the A300, U400 and P300 series laptops are all now available to buy.

Powered by the latest Intel and AMD processors alongside graphics technology from ATI and Intel, all models come with Windows Vista Home Premium and a DVD SuperMulti drive.

Claiming to offer a more "intuitive" computing experience, each chassis offers a textured palm rest and smooth touchpad, with metallic mouse buttons, whilst a quick launch multimedia control bar with feather-touch buttons and soft glow LED lighting gives instant access to videos, music, photos and gaming.

Integrated Harman Kardon speakers are also included on most models, coupled with Dolby Sound Room technology and an integrated web camera and built-in microphone come as standard.

All models also offer one great feature that will appeal to gadget lovers, "USB Sleep 'n' Charge" that allows MP3 players and mobile phones to be charged up - even when the laptop is in sleep or off mode.

Specification details for individual models are as follows, in Toshiba's wording:

EVERYDAY COMPUTING - TOSHIBA SATELLITE/EQUIUM A300 SERIES

- Intel Centrino processor technology with Intel Core2 Duo processor T8100 (2.1GHz)
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Up to 2GB+1GB DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
- Up to 250GB Hard Disk Drive
- 15.4-inch TruBrite WXGA display
- DVD-Super-Multi optical disk drive (Dual Layer)
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics technology
- Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Sound Room technology

Typical purchase prices for the Satellite/Equium A300 series start from £499.

THIN, SMALL, LIGHT - TOSHIBA SATELLITE/EQUIUM U400 SERIES

- Intel Centrino processor technology with Intel Core2 Duo processor T5550 (1.83GHz)
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Up to 2GB+1GB DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
- Up to 250GB Hard Disk Drive
- 13.3-inch TruBrite WXGA display
- DVD-Super-Multi optical disk drive (Dual Layer)
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Typical purchase prices for the Satellite/Equium U400 series start from £599.

BIG SCREEN - SATELLITE/EQUIUM P300 SERIES

- Intel Centrino processor technology with Intel Core2 Duo processor T9300/T8300/T8100/T5500
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Up to 2GB+2GB DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
- Up to 640GB Hard Disk Drive (2x 320GB)
- 17-inch TruBrite WXGA+ display
- DVD-Super-Multi optical disk drive (Dual Layer)
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics technology
- Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Sound Room technology

Typical purchase prices for the Satellite/Equium P300 series start from £499.