Toshiba is following the foot-steps of Fujitsu, a Japanese electronics manufacturer in making and selling a colored e-book reader which is named as BookPlace DB50. It’s a 7-Inch tablet which will have direct access for e-readers to a huge inventory of T’s BookPlace store with 43,000 different magazines and e-books in Japanese language.
T’s BookPlace store is expected to increase the inventory of available e-book titles to over 100k plus by March, 2012 which will make it the largest book store in its regional market. It has been operational since the year 2010 in United States and well managed by Toshiba.
Toshiba has withheld most of the platform details of the device; however it is known to be based on immensely modified Android 2.3.4 and the special Linux version.
Here are the technical specifications of the BookPlace DB50 –
- 7-inch color TFT LCD with 600×1,024 resolution and LED backlight (touchscreen)
- Freescale i.MX535 CPU (1.0GHz)
- 8GB memory
- 1GM RAM
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 5 buttons: HOME, MENU, BACK, CONTINUE, VOLUME
- Bluetooth 2.1
- micro USB 2.0 slot, microSD slot
- mono speaker (for MP3 playback)
- 7.5 hours battery life
- size: 190×120×11mm, weight: 330g
The e-book reader is expected to be priced at US $284 accompanied with a US $64 coupon which can be used to purchase different titles from the e-book store. Toshiba is looking at February 10, 2012 date to start selling BookPlace DB50 in the Japanese market.
Everything is in its best order for a gush in laptop sales in the year 2012, starting from lustrous Ultrabook designs to premeditated launch of Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft to extra-ordinary Intel chips.
You would know that Smartphones and Tablet PC are in huge demand, however do not forget laptops. There are some impressive ranges planned out for release in the year 2012 by the best laptop brands which are guaranteed to be lighter, thinner and faster along with longer-lasting battery life.
You might be out there in the market looking for a new laptop, or to upgrade your old one, however we’d advice you to stick with what you got for now and wait till some of the most awaited models are launched with the latest technology.
Here is something that you can expect in the year 2012 – Appealing Ultrabooks:
“Ultrabooks” is the newest ultraportable laptop brand trademarked by Intel for lightweight devices, sleek and slender in shape, are definitely worth the wait and sure to put the market on fire once introduced.
There are some 40 odd Ultrabook models to be announced this year with different technologies and functions. Some of the finest features would include certain security features specifically introduced by Intel, minimum battery life of 5 hours, less than 0.83 inches in thickness and restoring session back in less than 7 seconds out of hibernated mode.
Some of the popular Ultrabook models; the Acer Aspire S3, Asus Zenbook UX31E, Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, and Toshiba Portege Z835 that are already available out there in the market that you should consider. The HP Folio 13 is another Ultrabook model is expected to be released soon. There are some of the most favorable brand names like Sony, Dell and Samsung missing from the Ultrabook laptops which are already out in the market; however you can expect them to launch their version of Ultrabook in the early 2012 sometime soon.
You can expect more from this category of laptops once the IVY BRIDGE, next generation CPU from Intel is released. You will see that the Ultrabook laptops become much more alluring and reasonably priced with the help of Ivy Bridge’s performance and power deployment.
You won’t believe us but you may also see the introduction of rotatable screens along with flip down (like a tablet pc) transformation of Ultrabooks by the current year end. The introduction of touch screen interfaces in an Ultrabook laptop along with Windows 8 operating system could make it much more desirable than previous models.
You will find second generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs in a laptop today which will be replaced by Ivy Bridge next year. The name of the platform today is Sandy Bridge. Ivy Bridge will replace Sandy Bridge with minor changes along with faster and better graphics architecture, and manufacturing process lowered to 22nm tri-gate.
You will notice that Ivy Bridge from Intel will consume less power with similar or much improved level of performance resulting in improved battery life. We arnt too sure about the performance of integrated graphics for game playing and video watching, however you can expect improved performance.
The Ivy Bridge chips are expected to be showcased at some of the best industry trade shows with its enhanced features and date of release. You can expect the actual product to be available sometime in and around April 2012, integrated in the best laptop models.
You can also expect a launch of most awaited Windows platform ever, since the launch of Windows 95, which is putting a lot of emphasis on offering great touch interface user experience without losing the charm of using a keyboard and mouse.
Let’s just sit back and wait for the most awaited launches and releases of the year 2012 for best laptops.
The 7-inch Toshiba Thrive tablet officially went on sale on December 11th, just before you had wrapped up your holiday shopping spree.
Just as the rumors were ripe early December, you would be able to grab a hold of slate loaded with Honeycomb & a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor for just under $400. Make sure to pick up the right tablet pc for yourself out of the 16GB and 32GB options available.
Toshiba Thrive is labeled as a “complete tablet experience – in the palm of your hand” in the marketing brochures.
As per Toshiba:
Stay entertained anywhere you go with Toshiba’s Thrive 7” tablet. This compact, light-weight tablet fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and delivers plenty of performance for games, movies, music, photos and more on a brilliant HD multi-touch screen. Powered by the latest Android technology, you will browse without limitation, multitask your way through your day, and enjoy latest Android Apps – all on a tablet that weighs less than a pound.
- AutoBrite LED Backlit Display with 1280x800 screen resolution
- Slim, lightweight and easy to carry
- Android 3.2, Honeycomb
- HD Cameras
- Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 16GB and 32GB Internal Storage Options
Here are the top 10 best selling laptop products based on the purchases of Amazon customers. We have also managed to publish the starting and discounted price of the laptop computers.
Please note that these positions may vary on other days.
1. HP G4-1207NR 14-Inch Laptop
List Price: $499.99
You Save: $00.00 (0%)
2. Apple MacBook Pro MD313LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)
List Price: $1,199.00
You Save: $101.00 (8%)
3. Toshiba Satellite L755-S5349 15.6-Inch LED Laptop - Fusion Finish in Matrix Silver - Fusion Finish in Matrix Silver
List Price: $629.99
You Save: $130.00 (21%)
4. Apple MacBook Air MC968LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)
List Price: $999.00
You Save: $101.00 (10%)
5. Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5336 15.6-Inch Laptop - Black
List Price: $429.99
You Save: $80.09 (19%)
6. ASUS A53E-XA2 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop - Black
List Price: $679.99
You Save: $200.00 (29%)
7. Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5363 15.6-Inch LED Laptop - Fusion Finish in Matrix Silver
List Price: $529.99
You Save: $60.00 (11%)
8. Toshiba Satellite R845-S85 14.0-Inch LED Laptop - Graphite Blue Metallic with Line Pattern
List Price: $849.99
You Save: $102.17 (12%)
9. Toshiba Satellite L735-S3375 13.3-Inch Laptop
List Price: $629.99
You Save: $00.00 (0%)
10. Sony VAIO EJ2 Series VPCEJ28FX/B 17.3-Inch Laptop - Charcoal Black
List Price: $799.99
You Save: $113.97 (14%)
Summary: Toshiba is looking to hop in the mad-rat-race with another tablet PC, the AT200 which will take iPad 2 & Galaxy Tab head on.
You must be aware of the fact that Toshiba has already jumped on the bandwagon with its initial attempt of crafting a rather bulky looking Thrive tablet which had a limited market appeal.
Looks like Toshiba has learned quite a lot from earlier mistakes with the Thrive model, and are looking to bring AT200 to the market which is only 7.7mm thick and weighs at 558 grams. Interestingly, it is bit thinner than both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad 2 tablets. However, you will notice a lot of features similar to Thrive in Toshiba AT200. To increase the functionality of the tablet, you will find variety of ports, for example: Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB, MicroSD, etc etc…
Toshiba also claims that once charged, the battery has a capability of an eight-hour media playing. Other major specifications in this 10.1” device are of 1280*800 screen resolution, 1GB RAM, 1.2 GHZ TI OMAP4 Dual-Core processor and up to 64 GB storage.
We have no specific date for the release of Toshiba AT200 in North America; however, it is expected to be launched in Europe at the end of the year 2011. Will you consider buying this tablet PC?
This extraordinarily defined series of best laptops has been set aside for “13 inch laptops” that are accurate fusion for always on the run businessmen, office types and not to forget, students. Light-weight and slim laptops strike the right chords of performance and portability, with some of the best features. You should know that you might have to pay a premium for performance; however, if you trust our judgment and review, 13 inch laptops are the new status symbol today.
Below you will find some of the best slim and light-weight laptops available in the market today:
Toshiba Portege R835-P56X: With the price range from $799 - $919; Toshiba's brand new R800 series of Portege are tough to beat, even though the 13-inch laptops category is highly competitive. Good news about this model is of enhanced battery life which boosts of an extra three hours over last year's Toshiba Portege laptops.
Apple MacBook Air: The Apple's MacBook Air is a second generation 13.3 inch laptop that has fixed a lot of issues with the pushy original version. With Core 2 Duo, 1.86GHz powerful processor and 128GB SSD (an extra SD card slot), Apple has added more USB ports to make it one of the best laptops priced at around $1,129.95 - $1,199.
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A: With price tag of about $1,600 Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A definitely isn’t for every person as the price is quite high, however this well-featured, light-weight and remarkable 13 inch laptop is the best next the Windows world will ever get to a MacBook Air.
Lenovo ThinkPad X220: An exceptional concession with this 12.5 inch laptop from Lenovo for always-on-the-run professionals. Priced in the range of $1,256.18 - $1,449, Lenovo ThinkPad X220 comes with a latest Intel Core i5 processor and depending on how we use, can run throughout the day.
Asus U36JC A1: The slim, authoritative 13.3 inch (13.3" TFT) Asus U36JC-A1 laptop comes with a Core i5 460M 2.53GHz processor, however, you may want to hang in there and wait for next generation Intel processors rather than spending in the price range of $749.99 - $999.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s: The 12-inch Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s comes with a world class user-experience, best design and, a laptop in the price range of $789.99 - $870.99. You may want to check laptop reviews for the below standard battery life.
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The following list of top 10 laptops during the month of July, 2011 are the products which have received the most interest from visitors on the PC & Tech Authority site and the best laptops are ranked according to their site traffic. Please note that these ranks are not based on any laptop reviews published across the internet.
- Motorola Xoom: The Motorola Xoom tablet has a super-powerful dual-core processor and Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) - the android platform designed specifically for tablets. With its 10.1-inch HD widescreen display, you'll enjoy HD video in a thin, light, and powerful tablet.
- Apple MacBook Pro: The new MacBook Pro laptop with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon graphics, ultrafast Thunderbolt input/output, and FaceTime HD camera. Those are like 3 very big leaps forward.
- Apple iPad 2: It's not a tablet, it's Apple iPad 2. With starting price at $499. ... Shop online. With dual-core A5 chip & new design, it's thinner, faster, lighter and comes with smart covers. iPad 2 has 10-hour battery life and easy FaceTime access.
- Dell XPS 15: The Dell XPS 15 laptop brings movies, games, music and web chat to life with amazing visuals and incredible sound — all powered by the latest 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Starting as low as $799.99 onwards..
- AMD A8-3500M APU: After years of development, AMD has finally launched its new APU processors for laptops. You can forget anything and everything you know about AMD & laptops, this is one amazing hardware part.
- Sony VAIO YB: Who says you can't have it all? The all-new 11.6" Sony VAIO YB laptop weighs just 3.23 pounds, yet makes no compromises when it comes to mobile performance. Its extra long battery life keeps you going on long flights, and its slim profile makes it easy to tote.
- Toshiba NB550D: The stylish Toshiba mini NB550D offers astonishing performance. Cutting-edge AMD processing provides HD graphics and multitasking, while Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio technology deliver perfect sound. A 25.7cm (10.1”) Toshiba TruBrite display with LED backlighting provides crystal clear detail, and HDMI connectivity provides compatibility with HDTVs for big-screen playback, while 250GB of storage offers plenty of space for movies and music.
- Acer ICONIA A500: The 10.1” high-resolution multi-touch screen and ultra-sensitive gyro meter makes the Acer ICONIA A500 a formidable gaming platform with premium HD screen.
- Toshiba Portege R700: Toshiba's Portege R700 is one of the affordable laptops, lightest, strongest and most powerful ultraportable laptops on the market.
- Samsung Q330: At just 26.4mm thick, Samsung Q330 laptop may be thinner than the standard smart phone, but it packs a full, powerful performance with the leading-edge Intel Core i3 Processor, long battery life, Optical Disk Drive, and more.
Are you looking for a new and one of the best laptop or notebook, but feeling confused because there are too many models from which you need to choose? That’s understandable, but it’s also easy to solve.
Or, you can start “thinking outside the box” and select a laptop or notebook from a manufacturer you’re familiar with for different electronic products. There are a number of companies producing laptops that are much better known for TVs, electronic musical equipment and other electronic consumer products. One of the most trusted of this group of companies is Toshiba.
You may currently have Toshiba products in your home. And that would be no surprise. They are an industry mainstay in the consumer electronics field. But, you may not have known, until now, that Toshiba has a fine line of laptops that meet the high quality standards of their other electronic products.
Now, as is true for most manufacturers of laptops or notebooks, Toshiba’s product line runs the gamut from budget-friendly to somewhat expensive. However, all of their laptops and notebooks are user-friendly – sleek, trim, attractive … and very portable.
That’s an extensive product line and, as mentioned previously, this line covers all price ranges – from the budget-friendly to the reasonably expensive.
You’ll find that all of Toshiba’s laptops are one of the best and ideal for student use, lots of word processing help and games software, too. But, there are laptops in this product line that are also ideally-suited for business use. And because all of the models are lightweight and portable, they present no problems for you if you travel frequently.
Toshiba, because it is a big and well-respected electronics company, provides excellent technical support and customer service. Large, clear and bright screens in all models are another positive, as well, and every Toshiba laptop is completely user-friendly.
Importantly, Toshiba laptops are easy-to-find-and-buy. You can go online, conduct a simple Google search and find numerous online retailers offering Toshiba laptops at “easy-on-your-wallet-or-pocketbook-prices.
Or, you can travel into town or the closest mall, visit an electronics store or a major departmental store and come face-to-face with the Toshiba laptop whose image you saw on the Internet.
When you find the Toshiba laptop that most interests you, buy it and try it. You’re sure to like it, but if you don’t – for any reason whatsoever – most retailers, online and offline, will gladly take back the laptop and refund your purchase price.
That’s one of the benefits of dealing with a large, mainstream company, or its products. It will treat you fairly. So … what’s the hold-up?
If you’re seriously looking for a terrific laptop – in your price range – consider Toshiba today. They have plenty of best laptops to choose from. And once you buy, you’ll be pleased with your decision.
The bad: Intel's integrated graphics are better than they used to be, but still not gamer-friendly, and features such as Bluetooth and mobile broadband are missing from some configs.
The bottom line: With three more hours of battery life over last year's model, Toshiba's new R800 series of Portege laptops are hard to beat, even in the highly competitive 13-inch laptop category.
Any laptop reviewer has a handful of go-to systems ready to recommend at a moment's notice. Recent favorites include Apple's latest MacBook Pros and HP's AMD-powered Pavilion dm1. One of our favorites from last year was Toshiba's Portege R700 series. At the time we said, "The quest for the perfect laptop is ultimately fruitless....That said, the new Toshiba Portege R705 comes about as close as anything we've seen this year, offering a great mix of price, design, features, and performance."
Over time, however, the R705 lost some of its luster, as newer laptops moved to Intel's second generation of Core i-series CPUs, which promised better performance and longer battery life. Fortunately, Toshiba is ready with a new Portege series, this time called the R800. Nearly physically identical to the R700, the new models (we've got the $929 Toshiba Portege R835-P56X) add current-gen Intel CPUs, along with USB 3.0, while keeping the same magnesium alloy chassis and thin, lightweight design. The biggest surprise is the vastly improved battery life, topping 7 hours, and beating even the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
A few different configurations include or exclude Bluetooth or Intel's Wireless Display technology, or drop to a slower Core i3 processor, so check the features list carefully, especially as the price difference between most configs is only about $30.
|Price as reviewed / starting price||$929 / $899|
|Processor||2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M|
|Memory||4GB, 1,333MHz DDR3|
|Hard drive||640GB 5,400rpm|
|Graphics||Intel HD 3000|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|Dimensions (WD)||12.4 x 8.9 inches|
|Height||0.7 - 1.1 inches|
|Screen size (diagonal)||13.3 inches|
|System weight / Weight with AC adapter||3.2/3.9 pounds|
Much like last year's R700 series, the R835 has a subtle dark blue tint to its brushed-metal magnesium alloy chassis. The body feels sturdy despite its light weight, but this is not nearly as thin as Samsung's Series 9 or the MacBook Air--both of which are much more expensive. Sadly, this new version keeps the one visual element we disliked last time: the overly chromed screen hinges, which just look cheap.
The keyboard, like most current consumer laptop keyboards, uses flat, widely spaced island-style keys, except these keys are slightly more rectangular than most, which may throw off touch typists. This does, however, leave more room for the oversize touch pad, which is close to what you'd see on a MacBook, except with a pair of large standalone left and right mouse buttons.
Toshiba's keyboards typically have a vertical row of dedicated page-up, page-down, home, and end keys along the right side. This makes them easy to find, but at the same time pushes the Enter and Right Shift keys in from where you'd instinctively expect them to be. Media control buttons, volume, mute, etc., can also be hard to find, relegated to alternate F-key assignments and indicated on dark gray on black keys. Like the R705, the R835 lacks a backlit keyboard; for $900 it should be a standard feature. Despite these flaws, the R835 still offers an excellent overall typing and touch pad experience.
Returning for the second year is a handful of custom Toshiba software utilities. ReelTime displays recent documents and Web pages in thumbnail form along the bottom of the screen, and Bulletin Board combines photos and notes in a single workspace. Both are slick, usable programs, but they're proprietary and require a time investment in learning them, which you may not want to bother with unless you're dedicated to using only Toshiba computers.
The 13.3-inch LED display has a native resolution of 1,366x768 pixels--roughly comparable with the MacBook's 1,280x800 pixels, but less than the 1,440x900-pixel 13-inch display found in the 13-inch MacBook Air. Though bright, the off-axis viewing angles on the R835 weren't great, and we've never been impressed with the onboard audio in the Portege laptops.
|Toshiba Portege R835-P56X|
|Average for category [13-inch]||n/a||n/a|
|Video||VGA plus HDMI||VGA plus HDMI or DisplayPort|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks||Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks|
|Data||1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0/eSATA, SD card reader||3 USB 2.0, SD card reader|
|Networking||Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi||Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband|
|Optical drive||DVD burner||DVD burner|
Our configuration of the R835 included a fast Intel Core i5 processor; other configurations trade down to a Core i3, but also include Bluetooth, WiMax, and Intel's Wireless Display, for beaming video signals to an eternal display (via a sold-separately HDMI receiver). It can be confusing to mix and match among them, so make sure the model you're looking at has the features and components you want.
With a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4GB of RAM,and a 640GB 5,400rpm hard drive, our Portege R835 ran slightly behind the newest Sandy Bridge Core i5 MacBook Pro, by a small amount in single-app tests, but by a larger margin in our multitasking test. Both outperformed Samsung's 9 Series 13-inch, which also has a new Intel CPU, but of the low-voltage variety. While the Series 9 is thinner and all-around sexier, the Portege R835 was much faster than the Samsung in all of our tests. It's also worth noting that you could almost buy two Portege R835 laptops for the cost of a single Samsung Series 9.
The latest Intel integrated graphics are better than those from last year, but that still won't make this a great option as a dedicated gaming machine. In our older Unreal Tournament III test, the game ran at 63.9 frames per second at 1,366x768 pixels, which is respectable. But in a newer game, Street Fighter IV, we got 27 frames per second at the same resolution, just short of playable.
Battery life is really where the Portege R835 shines. Last year's R705 model ran for 3 hours and 56 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, which was decent, but not spectacular. Thanks, we suspect, to Intel's more efficient new processors, the R800 series model ran for 7 hours and 1 minute, beating even the 13-inch MacBook Pro (if only by 19 minutes).
Many laptops claim long battery life in this ballpark, but that's typically under a series of unrealistic power conditions designs to fudge the numbers. That makes our results even more impressive, as our battery test can be especially grueling.
Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a customized support search page can direct you to online documents and driver downloads for this specific model.
Editors' note: It's worth noting that, as it did with last year's Portege R705, retailer Best Buy is selling one of the Portege R835 models at a steep discount. The Portege R835-P50X, with an Intel Core i3 CPU, Wireless Display, and WiMax, is available for $749, while its original list price is $899.
Reviewed by: Dan Ackerman (Cnet)