Toshiba announces Satellite E series notebooks

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division announced its Satellite E series ultrathin notebooks today: The 14-inch Satellite E45T and the 15.6-inch Satellite E55t/E55Dt will feature touchscreens and will be available with either fourth-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell) or AMD A6-series (Kabini) CPUs.

Toshiba’s new Satellite E45T notebook will feature a 14-inch touchscreen.

In an embargoed briefing last week, Toshiba’s group product marketing manager, Young Bae, said that these new Satellite E series notebooks will take design cues from the company’s luxury Kirabook. “This less-expensive series will be made with aluminum [versus the Kirabook’s magnesium],” said Bae. “But they will have many of the same high-end features [as the Kirabook]. We’ve spent the last year filtering down high-end features to our lower-end platforms.”

The notebooks in Toshiba’s new Satellite E series will be equipped with backlit keyboards. The 15.6-inch E55-series notebooks will have a numeric 10-key pad.

Bae said while the Satellite E series notebooks will range in price from just under $600 to less than $900, they will feature brushed-aluminum casings, backlit keyboards, two USB 3.0 ports (one with USB Sleep & Charge, for charging USB devices while the computer is asleep), one USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, a full-size gigabit ethernet port, an SD card slot, and either 500- or 750GB mechanical hard drives that can be combined with an optional 32GB SSD cache. The 15.6-inch model will have an embedded numeric keypad.

The new line will also have dual-band 802.11ac wireless network adapters, and models with Intel CPUs will support Intel’s WiDi wireless display technology.

The Satellite E series will boast brushed-aluminum enclosures.

Most Satellite E-series notebooks will rely on integrated graphics, but customers will have the option of configuring them with a discrete graphics processor in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce 740M. Either way, the display will be limited to a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels.

The 14-inch Satellite E45T will be available August 4 at Best Buy stores,, and Toshiba Direct. The 15.6-inch Satellite E series will be available in September online and at major retailers. Toshiba has not announced detailed pricing for either model.

To comment on this article and other PCWorld content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon