Toshiba have just taken the wrappers off their latest Ultrabooks which will be coming to the UK market this 2012 in the name of the U945 and P845t.
At this years IFA event in Berlin there has been a wealth of fantastic consumer technology on show for the world to see. In terms of Ultrabooks, we have seen HP release their Spectre XT Touchsmart, Sony unveil their VAIO Duo 11 hybrid Ultrabook, Samsung reveal their rather great looking ATIV Smart PC and Asus bless us with a 15-inch Zenbook with optional dedicated graphics. All in all it was impossible to think the show could really get any better for Ultrabooks, however Toshiba have just now made it that little bit sweeter.
Yes it is true, Toshiba have unveiled two brand new Ultrabooks for the world to crave. One of them is a budget Ultrabook aiming to capture the hearts and souls of people watching the pennies, whilst the other is a touchscreen thin and light aimed at the premium market and more specifically business users.
UK pricing and an official release date for either of these Ultrabooks has so far not been announced, however as soon as we get word, we will update everybody with new details. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what each of these new Ultrabooks bring to the table.
Toshiba Satellite U945 Ultrabook, your budget friendly ultra-thin
If you have been keeping up to date with my writing on this blog then you’ll have probably read up on my post surrounding the Toshiba Satellite z830-10U, a machine perfect for business users looking to keep costs down. The U945 is pretty much a direct replacement for this Ultrabook, however there are some key differences you should be aware of.
First up, Toshiba has done away with the magnesium alloy and aluminium finish found on the Z830 and instead opted for a bluey plastic for the build. This is a move to reduce the cost of the machine, naturally, however inside things aren’t really all that different. Upon purchase you’ll have the option of a Core i3 or i5 processor, whilst a 500GB hard drive is paired with a 32GB SSD for faster boot-ups across the model range. Two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port come as standard with this machine.
Being a budget Ultrabook this machine isn’t the thinnest on the market for 2012, nor is it the most powerful or best looking, however we expect this machine to retail at around the £549.99 – £599.99 mark. For that price, you can’t really go wrong.
Toshiba Satellite P845t, a premium touchscreen UltrabooK
In contrast to the Ultrabook talked about above the P845t is one of Toshiba’s most premium Ultrabooks to date. It’s made from a champagne-colored aluminium and features a 14″ touch screen display, at a resolution of 1,366 x 768. Now I know what you are thinking; “why oh why is a premium Ultrabook shipping with such a low-end resolution display?” and to answer that question, let’s just say Toshiba is taking consumers for a ride.
So why are you being taken for a ride? Well unless this machine undercuts other touch screen Ultrabooks with a higher resolution display by over £100, Toshiba wants you dear consumers to buy its Ultrabook and increase its profit margins on each unit sold. A 768 display is a cheap part, and not welcome in a premium Ultrabook. Putting a bit of water on the fire though this Ultrabook does rock three USB 3.0 ports, along with HDMI output, an Ethernet jack and Intel’s Wireless Display tech. Credit where credit’s due, I like the sound of 3 USB 3.0 ports.
Aside from the above gripe, buyers will have Core i3 and i5 CPUs to choose from, whilst the machine also has 6GB of RAM under the bonnet in order to keep things ticking smoothly.
As noted official UK release dates and pricing have not been announced for either of these Ultrabooks. As soon as we have further information however you will be the first to know.