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Toshiba reveals 13.3-inch touchscreen laptop

Posted on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 15:36:45 CET by

Toshiba presents the Satellite U500-1EX, a new 13.3" Windows 7 laptop with a multi-touch screen. The system features the Intel Core i3-330 2.13GHz processor, 4GB DDR3 memory 320GB HDD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, HD webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and a DVD burner.
Perfect for users looking for more flexible control over their documents and multimedia files, the Satellite U500-1EX’s multi-touch capabilities also make it ideally suited to the education market, as users can benefit from a higher level of interaction than using a mouse or touch-pad. Its portability and attractive design also make it an appealing option for mobile users working in customer-facing roles who will value its multi-touch capabilities.

An interactive experience
Utilising the performance of the latest Intel Core i Series processor and simplicity of Windows 7 techology, the Satellite U500-1EX features Microsoft’s Touch Pack for Windows 7 - which is pre-installed with Microsoft Surface Globe, Collage and Lagoon - enabling users to easily flick through files and folders simply by touching the screen. Other touch controls, such as tap and double-tap, drag, press and hold, flick and rotate enable users to enjoy a new level of interaction with multimedia material. Pictures can be enlarged or reduced simply by touching the screen, and users can scroll up and down internet pages and control videos with their fingertips.

Text can be selected by dragging the finger from left to right over the desired area and the Start menu and taskbar also have larger, fingertip-friendly icons. Programmes such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are also touch-ready, enabling users to get the very best Windows 7 experience.

The laptop also features Toshiba LifeSpace, a new application that takes advantage of Windows 7’s simplicity and touchscreen navigation. The programme features an intuitive ‘Bulletin Board’, which enables users to create instant thumbnail shortcuts, while ‘ReelTime’ accelerates file searching by automatically adding a shortcut to a timeline of recently-used files.

Brilliant performance, yet ultra portable and stylish
The latest Intel processing platform features Intel Core i3-330 processors, which, along with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, provide a higher performance, greater system responsiveness and a longer battery life. 4GB of DDR3 RAM enables the laptop to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, while integrated Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacities of up to 320GB provide enough space for thousands of documents, images and multimedia files.

The elegant 3D textured Luxe Brown design and the glossy black keyboard complement the excellent hardware performance. The compact and light build also means the laptop weighs just 2.15kg, making it an ideal choice for people on the move.

Full connectivity
Extensive connectivity provides numerous ways to connect with external devices: Bluetooth® 2.1 with EDR, a 5-in-1 Bridge Media slot, HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), two USB 2.0 ports and an additional eSATA/USB combo port which supports Toshiba’s Sleep-and-Charge technology, allowing users to charge phones, media players and other devices while the laptop is switched off. Wireless LAN and Gigabit LAN are also on board, providing rich internet and network connectivity.

A DVD Super-Multi (Dual Layer) drive is also included, while an integrated HD webcam and microphone provide the perfect tools for internet videoconferencing. Toshiba's Face Recognition software is also supported using the webcam, providing an innovative way to log-in and access password protected applications.



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