When Microsoft first started talking about Windows 7 slates, it was still a pre-iPad world. The prospect of Win 7-based tablets still evoked a reasonable amount of hope and excitement. But it soon became clear that Windows 7 and tablets just weren’t meant to be together. Now, the only time the two get together is when a vendor feels that it’s a match made in enterprise computing heaven. This time that vendor happens to be Toshiba.
Initial Ultrabook prices crossed the $1,000 line Intel tried to draw in the sand, and it's only recently that we've begun to see some lower priced models. But easily the least expensive Ultrabook on the market right now is Toshiba's Portégé Z835-P330, a Best Buy exclusive currently on sale for a penny shy of $700. Compare that to Apple's least expensive 13-inch MacBook Air ($1,299) and you have to like the direction Ultrabooks are going.
We have a term for technology like Toshiba’s Qosmio F755 laptop. It’s “demo cool.” It wows you in a demo, but after some serious testing, you’re not quite sure you’d want to use it day in and day out. Though we’re impressed by the technical achievement of Toshiba’s glasses-free 3D technology, it’s just not developed enough to earn our recommendation.
Toshiba has been implementing multiples measures to restructure and strengthen its discrete, analog, and imaging IC businesses in Japan, and has made the decision to close three of its six chip facilities in the region. Those operations will be consolidated into the three left standing, which will include the transfer of roughly 1,700 workers.
Despite affordability being an integral part of Intel’s ultrabook vision, PC vendors are finding it difficult to honor the $1,000 price cap stipulated by the chip maker. If it’s the price that’s keeping you from buying your first ultrabook, you might not have to wait all that long now for a dip in ultrabook prices. Hit the jump for more.
Now is not the time to buy a mechanical hard drive, not unless you absolutely have to. As you know, the recent flooding in Thailand hit the hard drive industry pretty hard (from a technology standpoint -- obviously the biggest tragedy here is the impact it had on people's lives), and even just a 1TB hard drive is going to set you back about $150 street, almost triple what they selling for prior to the flood. Is the shortage really that bad?
Despite Ultrabooks’ lackluster debut, some analysts remain confident of a spectacular turnaround. Perhaps the upcoming Toshiba Portege Z835 Ultrabook will spark the massive change in fortune that is needed if Ultrabooks are to conquer a sizable portion of the portable PC market. The Portege Z835, which is Toshiba’s first Ultrabook, is all set to make its U.S. debut as a Best Buy exclusive.
Is your Halloween costume full of win? If you're planning to dress up as something totally geeky, -- perhaps you and your significant other will dress up as an iPhone and a Galaxy S II, or a fully functional Nikon DSLR like this guy -- scary, funny, or anything worthy of a larger audience than your local neighborhood provides, Toshiba's giving you a chance to have your mug (and the rest of your costume) plastered on a giant LED screen above Times Square in New York.
We’ve been keeping you up to date on the effects of the Thailand floods on the hard drive market as we’ve received news of the situation: both Western Digital and Seagate, the world’s largest suppliers of HDDs, have been forced to halt or cut back on production as the waters rose around their factories. HDD prices are already expected to rise over the next year as a result. Now, add Toshiba to the list of impacted companies – and its flood damage is so severe that it doesn’t plan on opening the facility again anytime soon.
Last month, Toshiba ended its decade-long absence from the desktop market with the 21.5-inch DX1210 all-in-one (AIO) PC. Now the electronics conglomerate has effectively doubled the size of its AIO lineup by adding another product to it. The new DX735 features a 23-inch full HD multi-touch display with a “stylish and space-saving TV-like design.” Specs after the jump.