Toshiba announces world’s lightest and thinnest series of notebook PCs

img0510.jpgToshiba Corporation today announced the introduction of the world’s lightest and thinnest series of notebook PCs: PCs offering superior body strength and durability, a battery life of up to 12.5 hours and embodying the design concept of “TRUE MOBILITY”. The new PCs will be launched in Japan in June 22nd as the dynabook SS RX Series and shortly afterwards in overseas markets as the Protégé R500 Series. The new PCs feature the latest Intel Coreaa 2 Duo Processor U7600 (1.06GHz), providing high performance and low power consumption. In the office or at home, the PCs can be connected to a dedicated optional “Slim Port Replicator”, without any need of additional cables. The line-up also includes the world’s first notebook PC to integrate a 64GB flash memory and a 7-mm thin DVD-Super Multi Drive. All PCs in the series share another claim to fame: the world’s slimmest case, only 19.5mm at the slimmest point. Toshiba’s new PCs are strong enough to have passed the test conducted by Germany’s “TÜV Rheinland Group. The test includes a 75cm drop, and submergence test to confirm resistance to accidental spills of liquids on the keyboard—and not only water, but coffee and soda as well.

Another world’s first in Toshiba’s new “TRUE MOBILITY” PCs is the integration of a transreflective 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LCD with 0.2-mm glass. This unique innovation allows use of the PCs in virtually every type of lighting condition. Users can also switch the backlight on or off, depending on whether they are indoors or outdoors, and so ensure the best possible screen image. Indoors, the LCD backlight display produces an image rich in saturated colors and superb quality. Outdoors, the transreflective screen uses natural sunlight to bring the display’s colors and images to life, allowing users to expand the mobile computing experience.