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Toshiba launches new Satellite laptops

Toshiba has rolled out new notebook computers that are billed as replacements for desktop PCs and low cost consumer systems.

The Satellite 1905 and 5105 Series offer features often found in a desktop, such as Intel's latest chips and a large hard drive.

Toshiba's Satellite 1905 comes with a 2GHz Pentium 4 chip, 40Gbyte hard drive, a 15-inch display and a combination DVD/CD-RW drive. Including Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, the Satellite 1905 starts at $1,899, (£1,300) Carl Pinto, director of portable product marketing in Toshiba's computer systems group, said.

The Satellite 5105 runs on a slower 1.7GHz Pentium 4 but comes with a variety of features targeted toward users of multimedia applications.

Toshiba has included an infrared remote control with the notebook that controls volume and DVD/CD play functions. In addition, the Satellite 5105 includes a port for connecting the notebook to Dolby home audio systems and an nVidia GeForce4 440 Go graphics card. With a 40Gbyte hard drive, the system is priced from $2,299 (£1,570).

For customers looking for cheaper systems, Toshiba has launched the Satellite 1400/1405 and Satellite 2400/2405 series notebooks.

The Satellite 1400 and Satellite 1405 come with a 1.2GHz Celeron chip, 30Gbyte hard drive and 256Mbytes of memory. The 1400 starts at $1,379 (£945) and ships with Windows XP Professional. The 1405 starts at $1,299 (£890) and ships with Windows XP Home Edition.

With the Satellite 2400/2405 series, users will find Pentium 4 chips, a 30Gbyte hard drive and 256Mbytes of memory. The 2400 ships with Windows XP Professional, a 1.7GHz chip and a 15-inch display for $1,799 (£1,230). The 2405 will come with Windows XP Home Edition, a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 and a 14.1-inch display for $1,599 (£1,100).

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