Toshiba Portege M780/Satellite Pro U500 Come To US

Posted: Feb 23 2010, 10:53am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:40pm CDT, in News | Notebooks and PCs

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The Toshiba Portege M780 durable tablet notebook is coming to the United States, according to Electronista. This 12.1” laptop has a 2.13 GHz Intel Core i3 processor or an Intel 2.4 GHz Core i5 processor, or a 2.66 GHz Core i7 processor. It packs in from 2-8GB of RAM. The screen has a resolution of 1280x800 and is LED backlit.

Stock, the M780 only supports input from a digital pen. There is an optional overlay that allows finger touch support to work. This laptop comes with a 250 GB 5,400 RPM HDD, but there are also options for a 320 GB 7,200 RPM HDD and a 128 GB SSD. Toshiba brags that this tablet-book can withstand drops of up to 3 feet without HDD damage.

The (much less cool-looking) Satellite Pro U500 is also coming to the United States. This notebook has a 13.3” multitouch screen and either a 2.2 GHz or 2.53 Gbz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2-4 GB of RAM. It uses Intel GMA 4500 MHD graphics and has a 1280x800 resolution screen. The HDD options run the gamut from 250 GB to 400 GB. All units come with DVD drives, webcams, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

The Satellite Pro U500 costs (at most) $1,099. The M780 costs go from $1,399 to $1,799.

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