Toshiba today readied its product line for the release ofMicrosoft’s MSFT +1.59% Windows 10 operating system by announcing five new series of laptops all of which will either ship with the new software or that can be updated for free when the software becomes available.
The new computers cover the entire consumer spectrum from basic every day use, to hybrid tablet/laptops, to units designed specifically for gaming. All were created with Windows 10 in mind to include a dedicated Cortana search button for bringing up the Microsoft digital assistant at the touch of a key.
The Satellite C series “everyday” laptops have a starting price of $349 and will ship on June 21 with Windows 8.1, but can be upgraded to Windows 10 when it becomes available on July 29. The C units will be available in a variety of configurations, but all will come in a black matte finish. Units centered on either a 15.6- or 17.3-inch display, with Intel INTC +1.35% or an AMD processor, 8GB of memory and up to 1TB or storage will be available.
Unlike many laptops today, the C series will include an optical drive, in this case a DVD SuperMulti drive. Other features include USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI, SD slot, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The step up L series is geared toward multimedia junkies, the company said. It also includes a DVD SuperMulti drive and can be configured with up to a full HD
1080p TruBrite display in 15.6- and 17.3-inch screen size
and the speakers are tuned to match specifications developed by headphone maker Skullcandy.
Like the C series versions will come equipped with either Intel or AMD processors, however the L models will boost memory capacity to 16GB, have the same 1TB storage and come with the higher end 802.11bgn or 802.11ac Wi-Fi.