Toshiba Satellite P55t: Hands-on preview with a 4K laptop

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Toshiba has just pulled the curtains on a laptop which boasts a 4K Ultra HD display – and that's not all the Satellite P55t has to offer. This notebook is also equipped with Intel quad-core processing, a spacious 1TB hard drive, and an optional Blu-ray drive. We got an early look at this stylish laptop and its stunning display, and we came away with a great first impression.

The new Toshiba Satellite P55t is outfitted with a fantastic looking 15.6in touchscreen with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. Packing a brilliant 282 pixels per inch, the new display is the first we've seen on the market with true 4K resolution.

The IPS display also allows for wider viewing angles and more accurate colour reproduction. Toshiba has included its Chrome Tune colour calibration tool for tweaking the exact colour mix to offer the sort of accuracy needed by photographers, and it can even be used to apply specific colour profiles to software applications. Toshiba picks up extra bragging rights with the first display that is Technicolor certified, promising natural and accurate colour. Toshiba also throws in a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software, at no extra cost.

The gorgeous panel is touch-enabled, and edge-to-edge glass makes it easy to tap and swipe through Windows 8, though you may need to wipe off the glass every now and then, since smudges are even more noticeable on the Ultra HD display. The superb screen is matched with excellent sound thanks to built-in Harman Kardon speakers with DTS audio.

The Satellite P55t has a lot more to offer than just a pretty display. The laptop is available with an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and an AMD Radeon R9 M265X discreet GPU. The brushed aluminium chassis keeps things cool, while a frameless keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience, further enhanced by Toshiba's new subtle sculpted keycaps.

The laptop is outfitted with a 1TB hard drive with a built-in 3D impact sensor to prevent damage and data loss from drops and bumps, along with four USB 3.0 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an HDMI port that supports 4K output.

The Toshiba Satellite P55t will be available direct from Toshiba in the US on 22 April, and prices will start at $1,500 (£895) – we're still awaiting details on the UK launch.

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