Toshiba goes big on desktop replacement

Toshiba has been pushing hard into the desktop replacement market for some time now. With the launch of its latest notebook, its come up with a model that could almost replace your desk.

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By  Peter Branton Published  July 9, 2003

Toshiba has been pushing hard into the desktop replacement market for some time now. With the launch of its latest notebook, its come up with a model that could almost replace your desk. The Satellite P20 comes with an impressive 17-inch screen, as well as a range of features not seen on notebooks before, the vendor claims.

“We have now added desktop publishing on a big, wide-screen display to the list of functions that used to be considered exclusive to desktops,” said Ahmed Khalil, regional manager of Toshiba Middle East’s computer systems division. “Whereas notebooks were once a poor cousin, today they are the more competitive rival to notebooks, and the best developments are now first arriving in the notebook.”

The P20 is also built on Intel’s Pentium 4 processor with hyper threading technology, which is also being used in a number of PCs launched this month by vendors including HP, IBM and Acer.

Toshiba is positioning the P20 as a true multi-media machine, with DVD-burning capabilities, and software for digital movie-making. The module bays allow optical drives to be swapped for a second battery or hard drive, and the machine’s specs include up to 80GB hard disk drive, 512 DDR RAM, NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics processor and USB 2.0 connectivity.

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