Toshiba’s New Satellite M45 Notebook

Toshiba announced their new Sonoma Centrino based laptop today, the Toshiba Satellite M45. The laptop will also feature a built in Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g) card providing high speed wireless surfing.

The systems will be available in two different configurations; The M45-S331 with a 1.6GHz processor and the M45-S351 with a 1.73GHz processor. As for the video card, no new Radeon X700, they use an Intel based Graphics Media Accelerator 900 chipset. You can also specify either a 80GB HDD or a 100GB. Also, both models come with a standard of 512MB RAM with the ability to upgrade to 2GB.

Other Unique Features:

- Each laptop also comes with great built-in Harman/Kardon speakers for sweet sound.
- Wide angle screen (1280×800)
- Firewire Port IEEE 1394
- Bridge media adapter accepts SecureDigital(TM), Multimedia, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro and SmartMedia memory cards for quick transfer of digital files.

Pricing and Availability:

The systems are already available from Toshiba Direct and range from $1499.00 US for the low end 1.60GHz to $1729.00 for the 1.73 GHz with DVD Burner included.

See press release below.


Offering advanced technology at an affordable price, Toshiba is today launching the new Satellite M45 notebook computer series that offer consumers, students, home users and professionals a powerful computing and entertainment experience. The Satellite M45 notebook series is a high-performance wireless device that integrates leading-edge computing technology with digital entertainment in providing consumers the ability to fully enjoy today’s digital lifestyle at a competitive price.

The stylishly designed Toshiba Satellite M45 notebook series features a new sleek chassis design with a professional look and feel. Starting at 6.2 pounds(1), the notebook runs 14.2-inches wide, 10.5-inches deep, and features a wedge design 1.1 to 1.7-inches high. The Satellite M45 15.4-inch diagonal wide-aspect panel, with a 1280×800 TruBrite(TM) native resolution, provides vivid images for viewing DVD movies in their original wide-screen format and accomplishing productivity tasks. Toshiba’s DVD-SuperMulti drive reads and writes to most CD and DVD formats, while the Toshiba Express Media Player enables one button access to CD and DVD playback without booting the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating system.

The Toshiba Satellite M45 is equipped with next-generation Intel(R) Centrino(TM) Mobile Technology (formerly codenamed Sonoma), featuring the Intel Pentium(R) M processor 730 running at 1.60GHz(2), 512MB of SDRAM(3), a 80GB hard drive(4) for the Satellite M45-S331 or 100GB for the M45-S351, the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 chipset for powerful multimedia speed and performance, and Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g)(5), giving consumers wireless access to the Internet.

“Toshiba, the worldwide leader in notebook technology, offers consumers an affordable notebook that is powerful enough to meet virtually any computing or digital entertainment need. The Satellite M45 notebook series offers high-quality PC technology and solid performance — enough to handle today’s most popular business applications — all at a price point for any budget,” said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing for Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems. “The new Satellite M45 notebook series will strengthen Toshiba’s strong line of leading digital entertainment products that allow users to handle the most popular business applications as well as watch DVD movies, play exciting games and arrange and edit photos — all with the benefit of being mobile.”

The Toshiba Satellite M45 also offers IEEE 1394 technology for rapid data transfers, invaluable when working with digital video, photos and music. The built-in Harman/Kardon(R) stereo speakers and SRS virtual surround sound technology offer a premium audio experience while on the go.

An additional convenient feature of the Toshiba Satellite M45 is the bridge media adapter which can be used to quickly and easily move files such as digital photos or music files from a digital camera or MP3 player. The bridge media adapter accepts SecureDigital(TM), Multimedia, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro and SmartMedia memory cards for quick transfer of digital files.

Estimated single unit price (ESUP(6)) for the Toshiba M45 Satellite Series is $1,499 for the S331 model and $1,699 for the S351. Technical information on the Toshiba Satellite M45 notebook series includes:

Operating System

– Microsoft Windows XP Home (SP2) (S331, S351)
– Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2) (S3311, S3511)
– Toshiba Express Media Player

CPU(2)

Intel Centrino Mobile Technology features:

— Satellite M45-S331 (S3311)
— Intel Pentium M processor 730 (1.60GHz, 2MB L2 cache,
533MHz FSB)
— Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
— Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g)

— Satellite M45-S351 (S3511)
— Intel Pentium M processor 740 (1.73GHz, 2MB L2 cache,
533MHz FSB)
— Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
— Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g)

Memory(3)

– 512MB (Min) 2048MB (Max with two slots occupied), 512MB onboard
memory with one memory slot using 256MB/512MB/1024MB PC2700 DDR333
SDRAM 2.5V SODIMM Memory modules
– Featured models configured with 512MB (both sides may be occupied)

Mass Storage(4)

– Hard Disk Drives
— 80GB (4200RPM), Enhanced IDE (ATA-5) hard disk drive, 9.5mm
height, user removable
— 100GB (4200RPM), Enhanced IDE (ATA-5) hard disk drive, 9.5mm
height, user removable

– Optical Disk Drives

— Fixed Bay DVD SuperMulti drive
— Maximum Speed
— CD-ROM (24x:read), CD-R (24x:write), CD-RW (4xwrite),
DVD-ROM (4x:write), DVD-R (8x:write), DVD-RW
(4x:write), DVD+R(8x:write), DVD+RW(4x:write),
DVD-RAM (3x:write)
— Compatibility
— CD-ROM (read), CD-R (read/write), CD-RW (read/write),
DVD-ROM (read), DVD-R (read/write), DVD-RW
(read/write), DVD+R (read/write), DVD+RW (read/write),
DVD-RAM (read/write)

Display

– 15.4-inch diagonal wide-screen TruBrite TFT active-matrix LCD
display at 1280×800 native resolution
– Contrast 400:1
– Brightness control — FN+P6/F7

Expandability

– Two available expansion memory slots (both sides may be occupied
at time of purchase)
– 1 PC Card slot support 1 Type II, PCMCIA R2 .01, PC Card16,
CardBus
– Bridge Media Adapter (SecureDigital, MemoryStick, MemoryStick
PRO, SmartMedia, Multi Media Card, xD Picture Card (shared slots)

Communications(5)

– Integrated V.92 modem
– Marvel(R) 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet
– Integrated Intel Pro/Wireless LAN 2200BG (802.11b/g)

Ports and Slots

– RGB (monitor out port)
– Three Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports
– TV-Out (S-Video)
– RJ11 modem port
– RJ45 LAN port
– iLINK(TM) IEEE 1394

Sound

– Analog Devices, Inc. AD1981D Software Sound, AC’97 Rev2.2
Compatible
– 16-bit stereo; Built-in Harman/Kardon stereo speakers
– Direct 3D Sound, DirectSound, Direct Music, MIDI (playback)
Support
– Audio Ports; External Microphone (monoaural), Headphone (stereo),
Sound Volume (by dial)

Battery(7)

– Six-cell (4300mAh) rechargeable, removable Lithium-ion (Li-Ion)
– Dimension (WxHxD): 8.13×0.87×3.27 inches
– Recharge time
— Main Battery Off/On — approximately 4.0 hours/approximately
12 hours
– Battery life up to 2 hours and 45 minutes (when using in
Windows(R) mode) (measured by Mobilemark(TM) 2002)

Security

– Slot for cable lock, Memory (by one screw), Main HDD (by six
screws)
– Passwords: User Power on Password, CPU Serial Number, Setup,
Supervisor Password
– HotKey locks: Keyboard (FN+F1), Screen Blank
– Software: Screen Saver

The new M45 Series notebook PC is available with one-year or three-year limited warranty options offering free parts and labor and at-home service with Toshiba’s premier, global service for the mobile computing user.

Customers can choose from other service options, including carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country for same-day or next-day service, or utilizing any of more than 3,000 UPS Stores for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized Depot for 24-hour service turnaround.

Toshiba also offers Ask Iris(R) Online, an instant response information service that can alert users to security software patches or provide other information regarding their product from Toshiba engineers and technical support staff.

The Toshiba Satellite M45 notebook series is expected to be available at consumer electronics, computer and office superstores nationwide, as well as online at http://www.toshibadirect.com.


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