Some of Toshiba’s first Windows 8 computers are available for pre-order today. The Toshiba Satellite U925t is a 12.5 inch tablet, while the Satellite U945 is a 14 inch ultrabook. Both items are expected to launch on October 26th, but select retailers are taking orders starting today.
Toshiba is also updating some of its existing thin and light ultrabooks to run Windows 8.
Toshiba Satellite U945 ultrabook
Toshiba’s new Windows 8 ultrabook is a thin and light laptop with entry-level features, and an entry-level price.
Newegg is selling a $700 model with a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i-3217u processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The computer also has 32GB of solid state cache.
Measuring 13.4″ x 9.4″ x 0.8″, the U945 meets Intel’s requirements to wear the ultrabook label. It also supports Intel Wireless Display technology.
The ultrabook has 802.11n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI port. One of those USB ports also supports sleep and charge, letting you recharge your phone or other gadgets from your laptop battery even when the lid is closed and the PC is sleeping.
You won’t get any premium features such as touchsreens or high resolution displays here. But for $700 you get a 4.1 laptop with an Ivy Bridge processor and a 45Whr battery).
Toshiba is also offering a model with a Core i5 CPU and 6GB of RAM for $799.99.
Toshiba Satellite U925t tablet
The Toshiba Satellite U925t is a tablet with a 12.5 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display. It’s fingerprint resistant, supports multitouch input, and has a Gorilla Glass scratch-resistant panel.
Toshiba charges a lot more for this tablet than for the 14 inch ultrabook, but you get a lot more than just a touchscreen.
Newegg is charging $1149.99 for a model with an Intel Core i5-3317u CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk. The computer features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB 3.0 ports (including 1 with sleep and charge), and an HDMI port. It has a 38Whr battery.
There’s also a slide-out keyboard which hides behind the display. It makes the tablet a bit thicker and heavier than it would otherwise be, but provides a backlit keyboard and touchpad.
Newegg says the computer measures 12.9″ x 8.4″ x 0.8″ and weighs 3.35 pounds.
We’ve heard that Toshiba would offer a version of this tablet with a Core i3 CPU, so a cheaper model may also be in the works. But $1150 seems to be the going price at the moment.
Toshiba Satellite U845W-S430
Toshiba is adding Windows 8 to the Satellite U845W ultra-widescreen ultrabook I reviewed a few months ago.
For the most part the new model has the same specs as its predecessor, including a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU, 6GB of RAM, 500GB of disk space, and 32GB of solid state cache. It also has the unusually wide 1792 x 768 pixel 14.4 inch display.
The main difference is that the new model runs Windows 8… and has a starting price of $1086.
Toshiba Portege Z935
Toshiba is also updating its line of Portege Z935 13.3 inch ultrabooks with Windows 8. There are 4 new Windows 8 models available, with prices starting at $900.
For that price you get a 2.5 pound notebook with a Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor, 6GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state disk, and a 1366 x 768 pixel display.
Toshiba also offers models with Core i5 and COre i7 processors for an additional fee.
All models feature 802.11n WiFi, Intel Wireless Display, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports (including one with sleep and charge), and HDMI output. The notebooks features 47 Whr batteries.