Hoping to win over the back-to-school crowd, Toshiba has updated its Satellite series of laptops, boasting slimmer profiles and a new sloped keyboard designed to deliver better feedback. Plus, Toshiba is including branded speakers and audio technology to offer big sound at little cost.
For the budget conscious shopper, Toshiba offers the Satellite C Series, a sub-$500 notebook available in 15-inch and 17-inch varieties. The laptop has an attractive black plastic chassis. The company claims that this year’s C Series is 26 percent lighter than its predecessor.
The laptop’s biggest update is the addition of Skullcandy speakers. Coupled with DTS’ audio technology, the notebook will have a unique sound profile preinstalled for Skullcandy headphones like the Crushers or the Roc Nation Aviator Headphones.
MORE: Best Laptops 2014
The refreshed Satellite L Series targets mainstream shoppers searching for more power at an affordable price. The laptop has a silvery plastic chassis with a subtle snakeskin pattern and a prominent black rear. The notebook weighs between 4.5 and 5 pounds and is 13 percent thinner than the previous iteration.
In addition to a sloped key presentation, the L Series features a frameless TruType keyboard that the company claims will cut down on bounce. Available in a 15- or 17-inch version, the laptops can be configured with discrete graphics. L Series buyers also have the option of upgrading the 1600 x 900 display to a touchscreen panel.
Those looking for a more premium experience will want to take a gander at the Satellite S Series. Starting at $700, the 15.6-inch S Series sports a sleek silver brushed aluminum chassis. The laptop features a 1920 x 1080p touchscreen display and will support up to a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with up to 1TB of storage.
The audio gets a quality boost in this price range, with the S Series rocking Harmon/Kardon speakers. In an effort to keep things as slim as possible, the S Series lacks the optical drive found on the C and L Series.
Toshiba has once again teamed up with Best Buy to offer a new 14-inch Satellite E Series for $699. However, Toshiba has yet to release any detailed specs for this exclusive product.