Toshiba revamps its laptop lines with Sandy Bridge Intel CPUs

New Qosmios, midrange M-series and A-series, and budget L-series laptops all get upgraded to Intel's new processors.

The new Toshiba Qosmio X505 boasts some impressive specs.
The new Toshiba Qosmio X505 boasts some impressive specs. Toshiba

LAS VEGAS--Last year, Intel's new processors predictably resulted in a slew of new laptops afterward bearing the updates. To no surprise, Toshiba's newly updated laptop lineup incorporates Intel's second-generation Intel Core i-series processors , and the product line affected is big: new Qosmios, new M-series and A-series laptops, and even some new budget L-series laptops, too, along with a new version of the Satellite A665 3D Vision-enabled notebook we reviewed last year. Click below to check out some pictures of the models, and read on for specs.

  • The Satellite A665 3D Edition adds an integrated 3D emitter to last year's Satellite A665-3DV, removing the plug-in dongle that went with the included active-shutter 3D Vision glasses. A new Intel Core i7-2630QM or Core i5-2410M CPU is paired with Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, and up to a 640GB hard drive. Other notables: Blu-ray disc drive, integrated 4G WiMax, and a USB 3.0 port. Prices range from $1,249 to $1,599.
  • The Qosmio X505 adds the same Core i7-2630QM or Core i5-2410M CPUs into its massive 18.4-inch-screened chassis, along with an impressive Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M GPU with 1.5GB of DDR5 memory. A dual-hard-drive option can add up to 1TB of 7,200rpm storage. Prices range from $1,299 to $1,899.
  • The Satellite A665 and M645 are representative of Toshiba's midrange laptops, a 15.6-inch and 14-inch laptop respectively. The A665 (non 3D) comes either with a Core i3-2310M, Core i5-2410M, or Core i7-2630QM, or alternately with AMD Phenom II dual- or quad-core CPUs. The M645 just comes with a Core i5-2410M CPU. Graphics range from an Nvidia GeForce 310M up to a GeForce GT525M, all with Nvidia Optimus; USB 3.0, a slot-loading optical drive, WiMax, and Intel Wireless Display 2.0 round out the other notables. The A665 ranges from $684-$1,049; the M645, $749-$1,099.
  • The budget Satellite L600 series comes with either last-gen Intel Core i3-380M/Core i5-480M CPUs or second-gen Core i3-2310M/Core i5-2410M CPUs on the Intel side, or AMD Athlon II/Turion II dual-core/Phenom II dual-core/Phenom II quad-core CPU options. The L series has laptops in all screen sizes from 13.3-inch up to 17.3-inch, and prices range from a reasonable $469 up to $849.
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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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