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Toshiba Satellite T200 Series makes its U.S. debut, starts at $470

Toshiba Satellite T200 Series makes its U.S. debut, starts at $470
Joanna Stern
Joanna Stern|June 15, 2010 8:00 AM
We're no strangers to Toshiba's new T200 Series ultrathin laptops -- heck, we even spotted the slim portables lounging around at Computex a few weeks ago -- but Tosh is finally giving up the full specs, pricing and availability. The 11.6-inch T215 may look and feel like a netbook at 3.3 pounds, but it's got grown-up specs, including AMD Athlon II Neo single or dual-core processors, ATI integrated graphics, up to 320GB of storage space and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The larger 13-inch T235 has similar AMD options, including Athon II Neo and Turion II Neo processors, but also works in Intel's Pentium dual-core CPUs. Though rather oddly, the 3.9-pound laptop won't be available with those new Core ULV processors like it is in the UK. Oh, and just to refresh your memory, the new laptops are available in black, red and white and have the same, sturdy chiclet keyboards as the Mini NB305. Both models will be available on June 20 and will start at $469.99. That price sounds mighty good to us, but we will reserve judgment until we get these in for a full review. Hit the break for the full PR and the gallery below for some hands-on shots. %Gallery-95138% %Gallery-95198%
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Toshiba Gets Slim and Stylish With New Satellite T200 Series Laptops

New Ultrathin Laptops – Encased in Stylish Fusion Chrome Finish and Choice of Colors - Offer Consumers More Options When Looking to Drop the Weight, But Not Functionality

IRVINE, Calif. – June 15, 2010 – Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Satellite® T200 series of ultrathin laptops. Offering a sleek and stylish look, a comfort-driven design and performance geared for everyday mobility at mainstream price points, the Satellite T200 series are available in two popular screen size options – the versatile 13.3-inch Satellite T235 and compact 11.6-inch Satellite T215.

"Consumers are increasingly valuing thin and light alternatives to laptops and netbooks," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "The Satellite T200 series is a result of Toshiba's expertise in mobility, combining a lightweight, stylish and easy-to-carry form factor with the multimedia performance for everyday tasks and entertainment that consumers want."

Smart, Stylish Lightweight Design
Featuring an all-new design, Satellite T200 series laptops are dressed in Toshiba's new dual-tone Fusion® Chrome finish. Sporting a patterned lid design on the outside in a choice of three colors – Red, White and Black – and a silver interior with blended matte textured finish and chrome trim, Satellite T200 series laptops offer a premium look while delivering on smart design elements, like a comfortable full-size raised tile keyboard and wide TouchPad.

Measuring just an inch thin and weighing less than four pounds, Satellite T200 Series laptops travel easily and are ideal for people looking for the laptop-class performance and long-lasting battery life they need to stay productive and entertained while on the go.

Smart Multimedia Features and Performance
Equipped with energy-efficient processor options from AMD and Intel that enable easy multi-tasking and longer battery life, the Satellite T200 series laptops offer enough horsepower to handle everyday tasks and multimedia needs. Systems featuring AMD® Neo processors also include ATI graphics, which provide even more multimedia muscle.

A mobile yet more powerful alternative to a netbook, the 3.3-pound Satellite T215 features an LED-backlit 11.6-inch diagonal TruBrite® HD widescreen display. Equipped AMD Athlon™ II Neo single or dual-core processor options, ATI integrated graphics, up to 320GB of storage and 2GB of fast DDR3 memory, the Satellite T215 delivers the horsepower and multimedia capabilities for playing games and streaming video, great for digital entertainment lovers who demand a richer Web experience, but expect an exceptional battery life rating.

A lighter-weight option to a standard laptop, the 3.9-pound Satellite T235 features an LED-backlit 13.3-inch diagonal TruBrite HD widescreen display, well-sized for multi-tasking, work or play. Offered with a choice of powerful AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion™ II Neo or ultra-low voltage Intel Pentium dual-core processors, a 320GB hard drive and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, the Satellite T235 offers laptop-class power in a lightweight package that does not compromise features.

The ultrathin laptops also feature HDMI ports and built-in Webcams, as well as smart Toshiba features, like USB Sleep-and-Charge, Hard Drive Impact Sensors and Toshiba Media Controller™, ReelTime™ and Bulletin Board.

More information and detailed specifications about the Satellite T200 Series laptops can be found at laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/satellite/T200.

Sustainable and Eco-conscious
These new laptops are designed to be environmentally conscious with a power-efficient, mercury-free LED backlit displays and are RoHS compatible, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury, cadmium and certain other hazardous substances. The Satellite T200 Series laptops also meet the rigorous requirements of the EnergyStar® 5.0 standard and achieved industry-leading Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold status. In addition, the products also are equipped with Toshiba's power-saving eco Utility™, which enables users to monitor and adjust their power consumption and settings in real-time.

Pricing and Availability
The Satellite T200 series laptops (starting at $469.99 MSRP) will be available on June 20 at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on toshibadirect.com.

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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products. These products span from information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; as well as power systems including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion (6.3 Trillion Yen). For more information on Toshiba visit www.toshiba.com.