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Toshiba adds multimedia features to notebooks

Toshiba America Information Systems' Digital Products Division has announced the Satellite A45 Series of notebook PCs aimed at budget-conscious consumers, students and small businesses.

The three-model series is designed to appeal to "small or medium-sized businesses looking for notebooks to replace their desktops", said Craig Marking, senior product marketing manager for Toshiba America Information Systems.

"This allows us to hit low-price points and make mobile computing available to a wider segment of users."

With this series, Toshiba hopes to provide a powerful notebook PC with advanced multimedia features, as more consumers continue to select notebooks over desktops.

All Satellite A45 versions come with SRS TruSurround XT sound technology and a DVD-Rom/CD-RW multifunction drive. The notebooks also contain Microsoft Office OneNote. 

The Satellite A45-120 includes an Intel Celeron processor and is priced at $1,049.

Equipped with a Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor and more memory (512Mbytes of Ram as compared to 256Mbytes of Ram in the A45-120), the Satellite A45-150 features a TV-out port, allowing the user to create an enlarged viewing area by plugging the notebook into any size TV.

Toshiba offers complete wireless use with the A45-150 through integrated WiFi (802.11g) wireless connectivity. The A45-150 costs $1,399.

As the most loaded notebook in the series, the Satellite A45-250 highlights a DVD+-R/+-RW drive. By using both the + and - formats, Toshiba provides compatibility with all DVD sources. The Satellite A45-250 is the first notebook Toshiba has brought to the market with dual compatibility.

The inclusion of i.Link (IEEE 1394) and a built-in Secure Digital slot allow the user to transfer files from a range of electronic products, such as digital cameras and Pocket PCs. The A45-250 also comes with a Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 512Mbytes of Ram, WiFi wireless connectivity and a TV-out port, for $1,649.

The notebooks are already available through the Toshiba website and at retail stores.

Katie Hamm writes for IDG News Service

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