Toshiba, hot on the heels of announcing a couple of consumer laptops, has added some business machines to its Satellite portfolio. There's the U500, L550 and L500. All three feature, Toshiba says, "everyday computing efficiency with impressive multimedia power".
All three also have multi-touch trackpads, Toshiba's power management software, and an application suite called "Toshiba Lifespace" that includes a heap of business productivity tools. Windows 7 Professional is included on each machine, too.
The Satellite Pro U500 is the smallest of the bunch, featuring a 13.3-inch display and integrated Intel graphics. It had a DVD rewriter, b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There's an impact sensor that protects the hard disk, which comes in capacities up to 400GB. Up to 4GB of RAM is supplied, and the press release issued didn't specify a processor but we'd imagine it'll be one of the ULV Intel chips.
The Satellite Pro L500 is bigger, featuring a 15.6-inch display, Core 2 Duo processor, integrated graphics, and 4GB of RAM. There's hard disks up to 400GB, and b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as HDMI-out and eSATA support on one of the three USB ports.
Lastly, the Satellite Pro L550 has a whopping 17.3-inch display with LED backlighting, a Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD discrete graphics card, b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, eSATA, and again - hard drives with capacities going up to 400GB. It comes with a 4-in-1 card reader, too.
The U500 costs £570, the L500 is £470 and the L550 costs £730. Those are just minimums, though - if you start to increase the specs then the price will go up alongside. All will be available in "Late October", so very shortly.