Notebook PCs to outsell desktops, says Toshiba

By Matthew Henry

SYDNEY: Toshiba Information Systems Division will update its range of consumer notebooks as the technology looks to overtake traditional desktop models within the next year, the company claims.

“As more and more Australians discover the benefits of notebook computing, we expect notebook PCs to form over half of the Australian personal computing marketing by 2008,” said Toshiba ISD product manager, Justin White.

“We are excited to drive this trend by offering Australians the latest in mobile technology for the home at the lowest possible prices.”

The new models will feature the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, Kedron "n" wireless networking technology for faster performance and built-in webcams on selected models.

The new Satellite range consists of the entry-level A200 (replacing the A100), which will range from RRP $1,099 to RRP $2,299 depending on specifications, and the high-end multimedia and gaming P200 notebook (replacing the P100), which will range from RRP $2,799 to RRP $3,699.

Satellite A200 models have a 15.4-inch TruBrite XGA widescreen LCD and offer the user the choice of an Intel Core Solo, Core Duo and Core2 Duo processor with up to 2GB RAM and up to 160GB hard drive.

Satellite P200 models have a 17-inch TruBrite screen with Intel Core2Duo processor, nVidia GeForce 7600 video card and up to 320GB hard disk drive.

Selected models in the new range include a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam for live video chatting and the new Intel 802.11n wireless networking standard, which improves the speed of wireless networks by up to five times and range by up to two times.

Toshiba has also updated its flagship Qosmio AV notebook range with the G30 becoming the world’s first notebook with a built-in HD-DVD recorder drive, allowing users to burn data to HD-DVD-R media.

The G30 also features a 320GB hard drive, Intel Core2Duo T7400 processor and 2GB of RAM.

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