Toshiba offers notebook with 17-inch display

Toshiba has added another notebook to its Satellite range. The P25-S507 sports a 17-inch display with a resolution of 1440 pixels...

Toshiba has added another notebook to its Satellite range. The P25-S507 sports a 17-inch display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 900 pixels.

The P25-S507 comes in a fixed configuration with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor with hyperthreading, 512Mbytes of double data rate synchronous dynamic RAM, a 60Gbyte hard drive, a GeForce FX Go5200 graphics card from Nvidia with 32Mbytes of DDR video memory, a CD/DVD-R/RW drive, integrated 802.11a and 802.11b Wi-Fi, and Microsoft Windows XP Home for around $2,099. It is immediately available in the US through Toshiba America's website.

Apple was the first major notebook manufacturer to release a PowerBook with a 17-inch display earlier this year. Acer's Aspire 1700 also comes with a 17-inch display.

The launch of Intel's Pentium M processor has allowed notebook manufacturers to build lighter and smaller notebooks with better performance and battery life. Consumers have also snapped up larger notebooks that can be moved from room to room without much hassle.

Intel just released the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 for these desktop replacement notebooks, but Toshiba is sticking with a desktop Pentium 4 processor in the P25-S507.

Mobile processors offer power management capabilities that reduce heat dissipation, but desktop processors offer better performance, and are often the choice of customers wanting high-quality multimedia applications in a notebook.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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