Hands-on with Toshiba’s new laptops for 2012 [Video]

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Toshiba has launched several new laptops for 2012. We take a first look at the new P Series range and the powerful Qosmio X870.

Toshiba Satellite P Series and Qosmio X870 – what are they?

Toshiba is adding two new laptops to its range this year, the Satellite P Series and a new laptop for gamers called the Qosmio X870. The Toshiba Satellite P Series is a mid to high-end range of laptops with 15.6-inch or 17.3-ich screens. It is expected to start around the £599 mark. All models are designed to cope comfortably with everyday and more demanding computing tasks, while looking stylish with it.

The Qosmio X870 offers extra power for keen gamers and those working with more complex multimedia, such as editing videos. It’s the latest in a long line of Qosmio laptops.

You can watch our hands-on video with both below.

Read on for more details and hands-on impressions, or visit our laptop reviews to see how they compare to laptops already available.

What are the key features of the P Series?

The Toshiba Satellite P855

Toshiba says the latest Intel processors and next generation Nvidia graphics cards power the P Series an Qosmio X870, although exact specifications of these have yet to be announced. There are USB 3.0 ports across the board, and powered USB ports for charging devices like mobile phones even when the laptop is switched off. The range will be available with up to 1TB of hard disk space.

Harman Kardon speakers sit just above the keyboard. There are two of them on the lower end models, four when you move up the range. You can use the Sleep and Music function with these to play music through the laptop even when it’s switched off, saving laptop battery and avoiding annoying background internal fan noise.

All models look good. Even the entry-level Satellite P850 has an attractive brushed aluminium chassis.

The glasses-free 3D Satellite P855 is a follow up to last year’s glasses-free Qosmio F750, although it should be several hundred pounds cheaper when the price is announced.

What are the key features of the Qosmio X870?

The Toshiba Qosmio X870

The Qosmio X870 is aimed more at gamers. It has a rather sporty black and red look, in contrast to the more business-like P Series.

As well as the high-powered processor and graphics card (again, precise details are yet to be revealed), Toshiba claims that the screen benefits from very fast response and refresh rates so fast moving film or gaming action is displayed smoothly.

There’s a 3D Blu-ray player built-in and 3D glasses in the box so you can get going with 3D fun straight away. There’s also a 2D to 3D converter for displaying standard DVD footage in 3D.

Toshiba’s premium laptops – Chris’s first impressions

I liked the Sleep and Music feature that lets you use the laptop speakers with other devices, even when the laptop is turned-off. It’s an innovative idea – useful if you don’t have a hi-fi, though whether it’s essential will depend on your needs.

And also your taste, as the sound quality of speakers didn’t impress with their quality. The Toshiba product manager didn’t hold back when turning up the volume to demonstrate the Harman Kardon speakers, but I wasn’t impressed. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was awful, but I won’t be singing along to too many tunes. At least the speakers are neatly integrated and look good. In fact all these laptops look smart and appealing.

In the full review…

We’ll be buying some of these Toshiba laptops when they hit the shops in April, and sending them to our labs for a comprehensive test. Our experts will give you the definitive verdict on screen quality, sound quality,  real-world battery life and performance, revealing whether these laptops are Best Buys or not. Find out more about how we test laptops in the Which? labs.

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