Toshiba Satellite Laptops: L40 and L50 with Skullcandy-tuned Speakers, P50 with 4K Ultra HD Display

Toshiba Satellite P50t 4K UltraHD

Toshiba Satellite P50t 4K UltraHD

Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd. announced its latest L and P Series laptops – 14-inch Satellite L40, 15.6-inch Satellite L50 with Skullcandy-tuned speakers and Satellite P50 with 4K Ultra HD display. Read on to learn more about their features.

 

Toshiba Satellite L40-B and L50-B with Skullcandy-tuned speakers

Toshiba Satellite L40-B
Toshiba Satellite L40-B

Both Toshiba Satellite L40-B and L50-B featured a pair of speakers tuned to Skullcandy audio specs and enhanced with DTS Sound to provide richer sound experience, and integrate a custom sound profile with optimized settings for Skullcandy headphones and ear buds.

Toshiba Satellite L40-B is powered by Intel Core i5–4200U 1.6GHz processor, support memory up to 16GB. It offer option of integrated Intel HD Graphics or dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260 graphics with 2GB dedicated VRAM for high graphic performance.

The 14-inch LED display’s resolution is 1366×768 pixels with Clear SuperView Technology. The hard disk space is available up to 1TB (5400rpm), plus Super-Multi DVD drive.

The laptop has 2x USB3.0 and 1x USB2.0 ports, HDMI port, card reader, RGB (VGA) port, headphone out and mic in. It uses 4-cell 45Wh battery offer up to 6 hours of battery life. Total laptop weight is starting from 1.9KG.

Toshiba Satellite L50-B is the bigger version of L40-B, sharing most hardware specs but the display size (15.6-inch, same 1366×768 pixels resolution) and option to upgrade to Intel Core i7–4500U 1.8GHz processor. Laptop weight starting from 2.2KG.

Toshiba Satellite L series price in Malaysia starting from RM 2099.

Toshiba Satellite P50 with 4K Ultra HD display

Toshiba Satellite P50
Toshiba Satellite P50

Toshiba Satellite P50t is one of the world’s first laptop with 4K Ultra HD display panel, it is the world’s first with Technicolor Color Certification. Satellite P50 with FullHD (1920 x 1080) screen is available, too.

Satellite P50t’s 15.6-inch Ultra HD Clear SuperView touchscreen display delivers 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution with 282 PPI (pixels per inch). Each Ultra HD display is individually calibrated by ChromaTune and Technicolor Color Certified during production for accurate colour gamut to ensure true to life imagery. ChromaTune for Toshiba software is pre-installed for color space management.

Toshiba Satellite P50 series is powered by 4th generation Intel Quad-core i7 processor with memory up to 16GB. It uses dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics with 2GB RAM.

Satellite P50 series is equipped with Harman Kardon high-quality stereo speakers, enhanced by DTS sound. It has a Sleep & Music feature allowing you to use the speakers even when the laptop is off.

Satellite P50t use Hybrid storage with 1TB HDD (5400rpm) + 8GB SSD, where P50 (FullHD display) uses 1TB HDD (5400rpm). Both models integrated Super-Multi DVD drive.

For connectivity, P50 series has 4x USB3.0 ports, a HDMI port support Ultra HD and 3D video output, SD/SDHC memory card slot, mic-in, headphone out, microphone in.

The Satellite P50 chassis is build with aluminium. The laptop uses 4-cell battery 43Wh providing up to 5 hours battery life. Weight starting from 2.20KG (P50) and 2.35KG (P50t).

Toshiba Satellite P series price in Malaysia starting from RM 3,999.

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Understanding AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series Graphic Cards Features: GCN, Mantle, TrueAudio, 4K UltraHD Gaming

AMD Radeon R9 290X
AMD Radeon R9 290X

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series are the latest AMD graphic cards for “new era of gaming” with features like Graphics Core Next (GCN), Mantle, UltraHD (4K) gaming, TrueAudio. Read on to learn more about each graphic card feature.

Graphics Core Next (GCN)

Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture is not only support DirectX 11.2 gaming, it is also AMD’s first design specifically engineered for general computing.

The GPU has 32 compute units – each with a scalar coprocessor – that are capable to handle workloads traditionally exclusive to CPU.

With GCN Architecture, the GPU can offer better performance, better image quality, and more power efficiency.

Mantle

Mantle is a new application programming interface (API) to enable game developers direct communication to AMD GPU, resulting in higher performance and higher quality gaming.

Mantle also helps game developers to develop games to multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between game consoles and OC for a simple game development process.

Mantle requires application support. Battlefield 4 will support Mantle with a December patch.

AMD TrueAudio

AMD TrueAudio technology is the world’s first programmable audio pipeline on the GPU. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental music, richer sound effects and directional audio. It enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound.

UltraHD (4K) gaming

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series graphic cards are made for gaming on 4K UltraHD (3840×2160) displays.

With AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, you can connecting multiple monitors to the DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort.

AMD R7 series

AMD Radeon R7 260X
AMD Radeon R7 260X

AMD R7 series includes R7 260X, R7 250 and R7 240. All AMD R7 graphic cards support DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 and 4K resolution. R7 260X also supports TrueAudio technology and video codec engine.

Maximum memory is up to 2GB. Maximum displays are 2 for R7 250 and R7 240, R7 260X support 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort and 6 with an MST hub.

AMD R9 series

AMD Radeon R9 series is AMD’s highest end graphic cards: R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X and R9 270.

All R9 supports DirectX 11.2, Mantle, and OpenGL 4.3, video codec engine and 4K resolution. Only R9 290X and R9 290 supports TrueAudio technology.

Maximum memory for R9 290X, R9 290 and R9 270X is 4GB GDDR5. R9 280X supports up to 3GB and R9 270 supports up to 2GB.

Maximum displays supported is 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub.

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Understanding AMD “Richland” A-Series APU for Desktop with Radeon HD 8000 Graphics

AMD Richland A-Series APU
AMD Richland A-Series APU
AMD Richland A-Series APU

AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) is AMD’s system-on-chip solution for consumer market. Introduced in 2011, AMD APU has been used in various devices, such as desktop PC, notebook, tablet, server, embedded devices, as well as latest Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.

AMD A-series APUs combine AMD “Piledriver” CPU architecture with AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics on the FM2 motherboard infrastructure. These APUs support existing A85X, A75, and A55 platforms as well as forward compatibility with FM2+ motherboards.

With CPU and Graphic processor in a chip, you do not need to spend money on graphic card but still can enjoy smooth 3D gaming experience.

The following table shows the A-Series Desktop APUs available in Malaysia:

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APU Models, CPU Cores, CPU Clock (Base/Turbo), L2 Cache, GPU Model, GPU Cores, GPU Clock, Memory Support, TDP
A10–6800K, 4, 4.1 GHz / 4.4 GHz, 2x 2 MB, HD 8670D, 384, 844 MHz, DDR3–2133, 100 W
A10–6700, 4, 3.7 GHz / 4.3 GHz, 2x 2 MB, HD 8670D, 384, 844 MHz, DDR3–1866, 65 W
A8–6600K, 4, 3.9 GHz / 4.2 GHz, 2x 2 MB, HD 8570D, 256, 844 MHz, DDR3–1866, 100 W
A8–6500, 4, 3.5 GHz / 4.1 GHz, 2x 2 MB, HD 8570D, 256, 800 MHz, DDR3–1866, 65 W
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AMD APU A6 and A4 series are not included in the table. They are dual-core CPU with 1MB L2 cache.

Features

Some of the highlighted features are:

  • Smart Turbo Core technology allows you using software to adjust CPU and GPU clock speed (overclock).
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology enable panoramic gaming and entertainment across up to 4 monitors (1080P).
  • AMD Radeon Dual Graphics enable multiple graphics processors to work together for even better graphics quality and performance. You can pair A-Series APU with a Radeon Graphics cards for almost double performance. The table below shows the AMD recommended pairings:

    AMD Radeon Dual Graphics pairings
    AMD Radeon Dual Graphics pairings

And, some A-Series APU only software features:

  • AMD Gesture Control – control your computer with a wave of your wrist.
  • AMD Face Login – facial recognition software to login websites without typing password.
  • AMD Screen Mirror – share your photos and videos across multiple screens in your home network using DLNA.

AMD A-Series APUs are available from local computer retailers. Visit AMD for more information.

Event Photos: AMD A-Series Elite APU Product Privilege Preview

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