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February 18, 2010

In pictures: Toshiba’s new business laptop range

Toshiba has revamped its range of business laptops with the release of the Satellite Pro S500, the Portégé M780 and the Tecra A11, S11 and M11.The Satellite Pro S500 is designed for everyday computing use, Toshiba says. It's aimed at home offices,

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Toshiba has revamped its range of business laptops with the release of the Satellite Pro S500, the Portégé M780 and the Tecra A11, S11 and M11.

The Satellite Pro S500 is designed for everyday computing use, Toshiba says. It’s aimed at home offices, small and medium sized companies and freelancers. It comes with the choice of Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and a 320GB hard drive. Be warned though; this is a big laptop. Its screen is 15.6in, but it weighs 2.5kg and is large enough to contain a numeric keypad, just as you’d find on a desktop keyboard. 

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The Satellite Pro S500

It should retail for around £499, which is a really impressive price for what you’re getting. It has a textured black surface that doesn’t show fingerprints and is scratch resistant.

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The Satellite Pro S500 showing LifeSpace

The Satellite Pro S500 is remarkably similar to the Tecra S11 – which Toshiba says is the flagship laptop of its corporate profile. The ‘the workstation-like desktop replacement’ S11 also features a 15.6in screen and has the choice of the Core i3, i5 or i7 processors.

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The Tecra A11 – remarkably similar to the S500

The A11 is a step down from the S11 while the M11 is aimed at users wanting a bit more mobility and features a 14in screen.

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The Tecra A11

The Portégé M780 is a tablet computer featuring 12.1″ touch-sensitive HD display with LED backlight running at 1200 x 800 pixels. Opened in ‘clam-shell’ mode it serves as a laptop with a full keyboard for text input, while as a tablet PC it can store a wide variety of information, including handwritten sketches, diagrams and notes.

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The Portégé M780 tablet computer

It runs Windows 7 and is small and light, measuring 305 x 239 x 37.4mm and weighing 2kg. It’s also pretty safe – the keyboard is spill-proof and the whole thing is drop tested up to one metre. The Portégé comes with 3D accelerometer hard drive protection to provide a barrier against accidental drops or knocks. There are two USB 2.0 ports so you can connect peripherals and it contains both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. For those looking for extra productivity uses on the road, the Portégé has a HD web camera and microphone. For added security it also features a finger print sensor for authentication.

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The Portégé M780 being used as a tablet computer

The new models are the first Toshiba business laptops to offer LifeSpace – the company’s organisational suite. It can thumbnail links to documents, web pages, videos for easy retrieval at a later date. It’s particularly useful for sharing and collaboration, Toshiba says.

The revamped range is also strong on security and reliability. The laptops are spill resistant, drop resistant (to a certain distance, obviously) and feature 3D accelerometer hard drive protection.

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