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.

➤ Toshiba Asia

You Can Now Buy Dell UltraSharp 32-inch 4K UltraHD High-resolution Monitor for RM11,000 (USD$3,500)

Dell UltraSharp 32 4K UltraHD monitor
Dell UltraSharp 32 4K UltraHD monitor

For graphic designers, developers, photographers and you who wish to have a large and high-resolution monitor, the latest Dell UltraSharp 32 4K UltraHD monitor is your dream comes true.

Dell UltraSharp 32 (UP3214Q) is Dell’s largest high-end monitor. The 31.5-inch display features Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels – 4x Full HD resolution – using IGZO LCD panel with anti-glare screen.

It has wide colour support of 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB and display 1.074 billion colors (10 bits). The viewing angle is 176° vertical / 176° horizontal.

The professional monitor has a wide range of connectivity: HDMI, DisplayPort ver 1.2, mini-DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, USB 3.0 (upstream) and a 6-in–1 media card reader.

How much?

Dell UltraSharp 32 is now available worldwide for USD$ 3,499.99. Dell Malaysia website does not show the price but ask you to “Call Dell” instead. I did, and the price in Malaysia is RM 11,099!

Dell UltraSharp 24 and 28 4K monitors

Besides UltraSharp 32, Dell will also offer 2 more Ultra HD monitors in 24-inch and 28-inch.

Dell UltraSharp 24 4K monitor (USD$ 1,399) with the same 3840 x 2160 screen resolution (23.8-inch) is available in South and North America and other places on December 16th. However, no date is given when I called Dell Malaysia.

Coming soon is Dell 28 Ultra HD monitor (not UltraSharp series) that will be available in early 2014. It offers the same amount of pixels count but priced under USD$ 1,000 – probably the cheapest Ultra HD monitor when it is launched.

Thoughts

Ultra HD resolution is the future. It does not only mean you can see more items on one display but also sharper text and items using Dot-Per-Inch (DPI) scaling that already supported on Windows 8.1 and OS X.

Ultra HD monitors are very expensive and target only professionals. Dell 28 Ultra HD monitor will make Ultra HD monitor more affordable for general users like you and me to enjoy high-resolution display.

I am using 2x Full HD displays (iMac 24 + Dell 24) for my work. I would be love to plug my notebook to a 28″ Ultra HD monitor.

How about you? Is UltraHD monitor in your 2014 wishlist yet?

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.

➤ AMD