When the MacBook Pro with Retina display was introduced in 2014, we saw a revolution in screen density that we thought would stand for a while. Toshiba, however, had other ideas. At CES2014, the Japanese computer maker introduced two 15.6″ laptops, the Satellite P50t and Tecra W50t with 4k displays. These new Toshiba set a new standard for computer screens and its time to tell you all about them.
Okay, calling 4k, well, 4k is a bit a misnomer. The actual resolution is 3840 x 2160. However, compared to the the “normal” 15″ laptop resolution, of 1366×768, 1440×900, and 1650×1080, its quite the leap. Its even quite a bit above the 15″ Macbook Pro’s native resolution of 2880 x 1800. While, that jump may not have much an impact (yet), with 4k consumer content yet to be fully realized, these Toshibas would allow mobile editors (like our down Dave Curlee) to edit 4k content pixel per pixel. As you’ll see in the next paragraph, the initial release is more aimed at the professional market.
The primary machine that Toshiba will be releasing towards the middle of this year is the Tecra W50. The Tecra line are Toshiba’s business laptops and the W-series are their mobile workstations. Trust me, there will be no mistaking this for a consumer laptop. The line is currently available and its unclear if this is a complement or a replacement for the current W50 which features a Full HD 1920×1080 screen. Both versions feature edge to edge glas In many ways, these represent the anti- MacBook Pro. Their thick, heavy, and feature workstation class Nvidia Quadro K2100M graphics. That being said, for a mobile workstation they curiously feature neither Thunderbolt nor DisplayPort, but the lone HDMI port can output 4k.
Likewise the Satellite series are the consumer options. Compared to the Tecra, the Satellite P50T is a less less spelled out. That being said, given the rest of the P-line, it should be a bit lighter and more portable than the Tecra. The CPU will be the 4th generation of Intel Core CPUs better know as Haswell. While they didn’t specify graphics, the existing variants of this line come with optional mid-range Nvidia graphics. The 4k Satellite will also feature a touch screen to make touchscreen to make full use of Windows 8.1. The Toshiba also features edge to edge glass for “unprecedented color, clarity and contrast”.
Both 4k Toshbias will be hitting the market during the summer of this year (or so). Pricing is currently not available. All of Geek Beat’s CES coverage can be found at www.geekbeat.tv/CESlive