Toshiba Updates Satellite Range With U500-1EX Touchscreen Notebook

Toshiba has unveiled a new sexy piece of technology, the Satellite U500-1EX, which is its first from the Japanese manufacturer to feature Windows 7 AND a full multitouch screen.

The laptop, which will target the corporate & education market, comes with a 13.3-inch that displays 1280x800 pixels, an Intel Core i3-330 processor running at 2.13GHz and with 3MB cache, 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard disk drive.

Other tasty bits include a built in DVD writer, a webcam (with Facial recognition), a HDMI port, what has been described as a glossy black keyboard, an Eco Button plus Bluetooth and WiFI compatibility as well.

No release dates have been confirmed but the price is set to be around £650, which is about right for a laptop with this configuration and with Toshiba's pedigree.

One intriguing aspect of the bundle is the fact that it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium with Touch Pack, rather than, as we'd expect Windows 7 Professional.

Although not on the spec list, we saw a fingerprint reader as well as what appears to be a worryingly small touchpad and a slightly upward, outside rim. Oh, we don't like that.

Our Comments

The U500-1EX is a great looking piece of technology at a rather affordable price - at least for the market it is aiming at. We'd suggest that you shop around before committing yourself to any touchscreen devices as the novelty of such a feature might wear off quite quickly.

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