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  • Toshiba announces the 14inch U845 ultrabook at 699

    first_imgConsumers haven’t been snapping up Ultrabooks, and pricing seems to be a hurdle so far. Intel wants OEMs to get their prices down. OEMs want Intel to help by cutting chip prices, but they know that’s not going to happen (Intel would rather they use plastic casings). It’s up to manufacturers to deliver, then, and Toshiba has done it: the Satellite U845 will sell for $699.Toshiba had to make a few sacrifices, obviously, but the U845 still looks like it’ll provide plenty of bang for your buck. It’s powered by an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor rather than a shiny, new Ivy Bridge model. It’s also not packing a capacious SSD, but what sounds like one of Seagate’s Momentus XT hybrid drives — a pairing of 16GB of solid-state storage and 500GB of traditional hard disk. Don’t expect a 1080p display at this price, either. The U845 offers a more run-of-the-mill 1366×768 resolution.But even with a 14-inch screen, the U845 still manages to squeeze in to Intel’s official Ultrabook category. It weighs less than four pounds and is still quite slim compared to a standard-issue 14-incher. Toshiba has also fitted the U845 with a good assortment of ports: HDMI and VGA outputs, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0, and RJ45 Ethernet.It’s also going to be available to buy much sooner than a lot of the Ultrabooks and hybrids on display at Computex. Toshiba has pegged June 24 as the date, which means the U845 will ship with Windows 7 installed — though you’re now inside the window for a low-cost (or possibly free) Windows 8 upgrade.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

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