Just in case you didn’t have enough content options from the likes of Roku and your cable set top box, Toshiba has partnered with Rovi to integrate the DivX Plus Streaming codec into a new line of TVs. The streaming format promises enhanced multimedia controls like multi-language subtitles, resume playback across devices and Dynamic Resolution Scaling, which should be good for those with fluctuating bandwidth. Not too many services are behind the format just yet, though Knowhow Movies by Dixons Retail in the UK has pledged its support. Still, one can never have enough ways to entertain the kids.
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Toshiba is set to launch a portable USB hard drive that comes with PC or Mac software that can turn it into an Internet-accessible file server.
Hands On With The Toshiba Kirabook: Can Great Hardware Coupled With An Amazing Display Save Windows PCs?
With PC laptop shipments projected to decline by 7.3% this year, Windows 8 machines desperately need a shot multiple shots of adrenaline. The Toshiba Kirabook may be just that. The Kirabook is Toshiba’s first entrant in their newly fashioned “Kira” line of luxury ultrabooks. At first glance, you can see that the Kirabook is meticulously designed, and it radiates a Cupertino-esque level of fit and finish. We haven’t seen this kind of quality from Toshiba for a very long time (if ever). That doesn’t mean the Kirabook offers anything new in terms of design. There are still shades of the Macbook Air to be found here and there, as is the case with all top of the line Windows ultrabooks. The Kirabook has a smaller profile than the Macbook Air, but somehow manages to include a retina-quality 2560×1440 WQHD touchscreen display. Although I didn’t get an opportunity to compare it side by side with the retina Macbook Pro, or for that matter the Chromebook Pixel, but it’ll definitely be one of the best laptop displays out in the market once it’s released. The display is most certainly the Kirabook’s marquee feature and Toshiba’s primary justification for its slightly onerous pricing, which I’ll get to in just a moment. Inside the Kirabook, you’ll find an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The Kirabook is also bundled with full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, as well as a complimentary two year service and support package that Toshiba claims to be on par with Applecare. At least on a spec level, the Kirabook lives up to its “luxury” label. But that also means it’s saddled with a luxuriously high price. The non-touch Kirabook with Core i5 starts at $ 1,599. It gets a little crazy from there. The touchscreen Kirabook with Core i5 goes for $ 1,789, while the top of the line touchscreen Kirabook, with Core i7 and Windows Pro, goes for a whopping $ 1,999. That kind of pricing blows its PC and Apple counterparts out of the water. For comparison’s sake, the 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro starts at $ 1,499, albeit with a smaller 128GB SSD. The Lenovo Thinkpad x1 Carbon starts at $ 1,187, while the touchscreen equipped model starts at $ 1,319. The Asus Zenbook Prime, with a touchscreen and a nearly retina quality display, is currently retailing for $ 1,253 on Amazon. Toshiba representatives told
Toshiba isn’t the first name you’d associate with exciting products, but recently we were invited to check out its 2013 selection of AV gear in the hope we’d be dazzled by pixel counts and the IQ of its revamped smart TV platform. We revisited a few products we had flings with at CES, were introduced to some new panels, and taken through the ins-and-outs of the company’s fresh Cloud TV interface. Was there anything to get excited about? Head past the break for the full tour.
It’s still not all that easy to track down a 2TB portable drive. Thankfully, Toshiba is making that extra-large capacity more ubiquitous by shipping an upgrade to its Canvio line of USB 3.0 disks. Both the no-frills Canvio Basics 3.0 and a Canvio Special Edition with a backup software bundle now carry 2TB inside, up from 1.5TB half a year ago. Not satisfied with just the storage boost? You might be with the price: the 2TB Canvio Basics’ $ 190 starting point is lower than what its WD competition reached when new, and the $ 220 official price for a Special Edition (we’re already seeing $ 190 at Best Buy) isn’t that much of a stretch.
Toshiba Expands Canvio Basics 3.0 Line And Introduces Canvio Special Edition Portable Hard Drive
Canvio Basics 3.0 Portable Hard Drives Now Offer Up to 2TB of Storage; Canvio Special Edition Portable Hard Drive Now Available
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the addition of new two terabyte offerings to its Canvio storage lineup, including a 2TB Canvio(R) Basics 3.0 portable hard drive and a 2TB Canvio Special Edition portable hard drive.
“We understand that consumers have varying capacity needs and we strive to provide solutions that match differing requirements,” said Maciek Brzeski , vice president of product marketing and development of branded storage products, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Our new 2TB solutions now provide our customers that are looking for basic functionality with an increased storage capacity, as the most basic users are continuing to grow an expansive digital library.”
Canvio Basics 3.0: Storage in a Box
Toshiba’s simplest storage solution, the Canvio Basics 3.0, is now available in a 2TB capacity, which can store up to 571,000 digital photos, 526,000 digital music files or 1,640 downloaded digital movies. As with the rest of the offerings within the Canvio Basics 3.0 line, software setup is not necessary.
Consumers are able to use this solution right out of the box and begin saving their digital files by simply connecting it to their PC. The Canvio Basics 3.0 supports USB 3.0 for rapid transfer speeds, is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and is also equipped with a special internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to keep consumers’ digital files safe against accidental drops.
Canvio Special Edition Portable Hard Drive
Toshiba’s Canvio Special Edition Portable Hard Drive provides users with spacious storage capacity and a complete, yet simple-to-use backup solution. The included NTI(R) Backup Now EZ[TM] software makes backing up systems fast and simple, and provides users with the option of backing up their digital files to the cloud, backing up their files and folders to their Canvio portable hard drive, backing up everything saved on their PC, or doing all three for the most comprehensive coverage.
Pricing and Availability
The 2TB Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drive is available for purchase for $ 189.99 MSRP in select retail locations and on ToshibaDirect.com.
The 2TB Toshiba Canvio Special Edition portable hard drive is available for $ 219.99 MSRP exclusively at Best Buy and BestBuy.com.
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Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 was an Android tablet designed to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. When we were handed one to review, we fell in love with its 1,280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chipset and a battery life of over 10 hours. It failed, however, as so many do, with its poor cameras, choppy audio performance and a top-heavy launch price that would put off many buyers. But now, time has passed, the price has fallen and plenty of you might have made the investment. So it’s to you that we ask, how’s it going? Why not tell us what, if someone asked you, would you change?
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Toshiba has announced a new series of 4K Ultra HD TVs at CES this week. The new TV series is the L9300 range and promises four times the resolution of full HD TVs on the market today. The new TV line is powered by the proprietary Toshiba CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processor. Toshiba says that
Toshiba is developing a tiny digital camera module similar to the Lytro camera, which shoots tens of thousands of individual photos and then allows the user to pick the point of focus.
Toshiba is preparing a 20-megapixel image sensor for digital cameras that it says will be the highest resolution of its kind.
When smartphones are encroaching on compact cameras’ turf, how does a company try to stay relevant making sensors for those cameras? By upping the resolution, of course. Toshiba has given a peek at the TCM5115CL, a 1/2.3-inch, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that hits 20 megapixels — a big jump from the 16-megapixel sensors in many point-and-shoots and some smartphones. To combat the noise and sensitivity problems that usually come with a denser design, the electronics giant is using pixels that can absorb 15 percent more of a charge, and therefore more light. Toshiba has primed the sensor for high-speed shooting and video as well, with the potential for 1080p video at 60FPS and 30FPS burst shooting at full resolution, provided the processor can keep up. We’re not bracing ourselves for an imminent renaissance among dedicated cameras, however. Mass production doesn’t start until August, which suggests we’re unlikely to have 20-megapixel shooters in our pockets during summer vacation.
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The cleanup efforts at Fukushima’s nuclear facility are been peppered with robotics: packbots, a refitted TALON, even a UAV – but Toshiba figures it could use at least one more. The firm’s contribution is known only as the Quadruped walking robot, and it looks somewhat like Boston Dynamics’ AlphaDog. Shuffling along on four double-jointed legs, the Quadruped can traverse uneven terrain and stairs at 0.6 mph, and is capable of exploring uninhabitable and irradiated areas for two hours before requiring a recharge. A second robot rides on the Quadruped’s back, and can explore tight spaces for up to an hour when tethered to the its mentor. Toshiba is outfitting the duo with cameras and radiation dosimeters, and hopes to use them to help officials survey the damage in the plant’s deadlier corners. Check out the machine’s official press demonstration in the video after the break.
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Toshiba Corp.’s four-legged robot is designed to help at the meltdown-crippled Japanese nuclear plant, climbing over debris and venturing into radiated areas off-limits to human workers.
An anonymous reader writes “I’m sure most Slashdot readers have had occasion to suffer through a hardware manufacturer’s terrible website in search of product documentation. It’s often hidden away in submenus of submenus, and if your product is more than a couple years old, you probably have to wade through broken links. One guy has been helping to change that; he runs a site called Tim’s Laptop Service Manuals, where he collects by hand materials from many different companies and hosts them together in one spot. Now Toshiba has become aware of his project, and helpfully forced him to remove all of their manuals under a copyright claim.”
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If you’re Toshiba, what do you do when you’re looking to goose interest in the Excite 10 tablet? Roll out a quick follow up, of course. Accordingly, the FCC has just recently cleared a refreshed tablet, the AT300SE, that the Bluetooth SIG suggests will be called the Excite 10SE in North America. As shown, it’s a European-spec WiFi model that gives away little by itself. It’s when we combine this with the Bluetooth listing and speed tests that a clearer picture of the upgrade emerges — there’s been an AT300SE in GLBenchmark’s performance charts that we’ve seen running Jelly Bean (unavailable to current Excites) on top of what looks to be the familiar 1,280 x 800 display and 1.3GHz Tegra 3. While there may be other surprises lurking in areas the tests can’t reach, the documents point to a quick nip-and-tuck from Toshiba to keep tablet sales afloat rather than a full overhaul.
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Toshiba had its new lineup of Regza HDTVs on hand at CEATEC today, showing sets from both the J7 Series and Z7 series. All TVs across both lineups include Toshiba’s time-shift machine feature, which is essentially a DVR that records up to 40 hours of content and recommends programs based on your viewing history. The J7 Series offers 32-, 40, 50- and 65-inch options, all of which boast 1080p resolutions save for the 32-incher. Pricing starts at ¥75,000 (about $ 961) and tops off at ¥370,000 for the largest model. The slightly higher-end Z Series includes 42-, 47- and 55-inch models, with pricing ranging from ¥180,000 to ¥370,000.
We spent a few minutes staring into the high-def abyss at the company’s rather dim booth, and all of the displays looked quite stunning. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to test out the time-shift feature, so we’ll have to take the company on its word there. The premium Z7 models include a thinner bezel and an overall sleeker look, while the J7 featured a more rounded design, with a beefier border around the panel. All of the TVs are expected to debut in time for the holiday season. For now, you can get a sneak peek from our hands-on video below.
Gallery: Toshiba REGZA Z7 and J7 eyes-on
Toshiba's plans to put on sale worldwide next year its second generation of TVs that boast the ability to display images that exceed today's high-definition sets.
Toshiba plans to release its own hybrid hard drive, which will combine 8GB of NAND flash with 32MB of RAM in a drive that will have a total of 1TB of capacity.
Today, Toshiba launched the latest in its Camileo line of camcorders, and this new camera is aimed at the adventurous and clumsy alike. The Camileo BW20 is a waterproof camcorder, with Toshiba saying that it can withstand being submerged in up to 16 feet of water, perfect for those times that you just have to
Media provider 7digital has mostly been making news on the Windows front recently, making its music offerings available for Windows Phone earlier this year and serving up 20 million tracks through its preview version for Windows 8. Now the digital media company is branching out to Toshiba televisions as well, inking a deal to be the European music partner for the Toshiba Places platform. The agreement, which represents 7digital’s first foray into the connected TV market, will allow consumers with a Toshiba Places account to browse through the content provider’s music catalogue, create playlists and stream music directly through the television. The company says the feature should be compatible with televisions equipped with Toshiba Places since May 2011. Five countries — the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain — are slated to get first crack when the service goes live in Europe in September. For more details about the service, feel free to peruse the company PR after the break.
Windows 8 devices are all the rage at IFA this year, especially tablets. Toshiba has a new Satellite – the U920t – on the scene, and like many tablets we’ve seen, this one is convertible into a notebook. However, unlike a number of the tablets we’ve seen, you don’t convert this tablet by attaching it
We’ve been treated to a number of big reveals during the first two days of IFA 2012, and today Toshiba decided to get in on the action. Not only did it reveal three new camcorders today and a number of new ultrabooks, but it has also announced two new sound bars and a new home
Toshiba’s most recent Ultrabook offerings have something of a split personality. On the one hand, there’s the Satellite U845W, a high-end machine with solid quality and a funky, 21:9 display. Announced alongside it, though, was the Satellite U845, a more modest sort of machine for folks who can’t afford to spend $ 1,000 on their next laptop. Starting at $ 750, it offers all the specs you’d expect from a mid-range laptop: Ivy Bridge, Intel Wireless Display and a backlit keyboard. And, given that it’s a slightly larger Ultrabook, it also makes room for key ports like HDMI and an Ethernet jack. But the U845 is hardly the only 14-inch thin-and-light on the block, and it’s definitely not the only sub-$ 800 system aimed at the back-to-school crowd. Read on to see if there’s enough pizazz here to make this a memorable machine.
Gallery: Toshiba Satellite U845 review
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Last month, Toshiba gave its Tecra line the Ivy Bridge treatment, outing the enterprise-focused R940 and R950 with fingerprint readers and the Smart Client Manager. Today it circled back to give smaller businesses something new, though the company confusingly chose the same naming scheme for its more budget-priced Tecra machines. Not to be confused with the corporate crowd’s Tecra R940 and R950, these two models are available only through ToshibaDirect, and they forgo some of the higher-end business security features like the fingerprint reader to keep the price down. The 14-inch Tecra R940 starts at $ 600 and can be configured with a third-gen Intel CPU, optional AMD dedicated graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. The 15.6-inch Tecra R950 also goes for $ 600 and up, and both laptops can be configured with 320GB hard drives all the way up to 512GB SSDs. Check out the presser below, and you can hit up the product pages to check out the full configuration options.
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The Toshiba Qosmio X870-11Q is a 17.3in high-spec desktop replacement laptop, boasting a third-generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor, dedicated nVidia graphics and active-shutter 3D display technology. Read reviews of high-end laptops.
A jury in San Francisco on Tuesday decided to fine Toshiba $ 87 million for colluding with other vendors to keep LCD prices artificially high, but the Tokyo-based company doesn’t expect to have to pay anything.
Toshiba isn’t solely obsessed with Windows 8 at Computex 2012; the company also has an Android tablet to show off in the form of the AT300. Announced last month, the 10.1-inch iPad rival is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset paired with an 8.95mm thick aluminum shell. We caught up with Toshiba for some hands-on play. The
Niche or nonsense? That’s the question we find ourselves asking about the new Toshiba Satellite U840W, a 14.4-inch ultrabook with a bizarre 21:9 “cinemascope” widescreen display. Running at 1792 x 768 resolution, the U840W comes preloaded with a custom Toshiba app that automatically scales two apps to run side-by-side. That way, Toshiba tells us, you
Ultrabooks have turned up in force at Computex 2012, and Toshiba isn’t in the mood to be left out. The Toshiba Portégé Z930 – aka the Satellite Z930 – is a 13.3-inch ultrabook using Intel’s 3rd Gen Core processors, and measuring a scant 8.3mm thick at its thinnest point. Despite the dimensions – which include
Toshiba has confirmed that it will no longer be offering new netbook models in the US. The news isn’t too surprising given the forthcoming onslaught of Ultrabooks, but it does further confirm the grim outlook for the ill-fated netbook market. Dell and Lenovo are already officially out of the netbook space, while Samsung and Sony
Toshiba isn’t going with the flow this financial season, bucking the trend and posting a healthy (albeit reduced) net profit of 73.7 billion yen ($ 898.8 million). Whilst down from $ 1.7 billion in 2010, the company points to the European debt crisis, Japanese Earthquake and high oil prices as the barriers to further success. Unlike its local rivals, Tosh branched out early into “social infrastructure,” building everything from radiation detectors, power plants and LED light bulbs — businesses that made a stack of cash while its computer and TV businesses slumped. Unencumbered by these crises in the future, the company is projecting to make $ 1.68 billion across the next 12 months — at which point it might treat itself to a spa day, or something.
Starting at a steep $ 649 and available June 10th, this is the largest Android tablet yet, featuring a billboard-like 13-inch screen. What’s the point of being 3 inches bigger than the iPad?
This waif of a tablet certainly took its sweet time getting here. We first laid eyes on this lightweight beauty last August and while it still hasn’t landed in the US just yet (under the guise of the Excite 10 LE) we’ve brought in the international version — already in stores in the UK — to test out the hardware, which appears to be identical. On first appearances, it’s an attractive sliver of a slab, due to the magnesium alloy body, of which there isn’t much. Measuring in at just 7.7mm thick, we’re talking RAZR-scale thinness and a 1.18 pound weigh-in that embarrasses 7-inch devices. Despite this, we still have a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP processor, running Honeycomb 3.2 on a 10.1 inch touchscreen. But surely, sacrifices must have been made, right? Well, it looks like it’s a financial cost that has to be paid. The 16GB version is currently on sale for £399, matching the new iPad in the UK, and likely to arrive in the US at around $ 530, pricing itself quite a bit above existing, similarly-specced, Android favorites like the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Are you willing to pay a fair chunk of change extra to skim a few millimeters off your tablet profile? Is it worth it? The full story is right after the break.
Gallery: Toshiba AT200 review
Remember that glasses-free 3D Qosmio F750 (aka F755 in the US) gaming laptop we saw last year? We’re not sure how many of them Toshiba has sold, but the company’s PR folks tell us they’ve been popular enough to justify a further 15.6-inch glasses-free model — a Satellite P855, which will have a more mainstream target audience. We’re looking at exactly the same lenticular technology, which uses a webcam to adjust the 3D effect to the user’s head movements, and which delivers effective results if you sit relatively still and give your eyes a chance to adapt. This time, however, the effect is delivered within a textured aluminum chassis that will likely appeal to a wider audience than the red-styled garishness of the Qosmio. The price tag has yet to be disclosed, but that should also be more appealing, since the Satellite range starts at £599 ($ 940). The P855 won’t arrive until Q2 and Toshiba wasn’t ready to reveal any concrete specs concerning the processor or graphics, other than saying this laptop is aimed at mainstream 3D gaming as well as Blu-Ray consumption. We asked about memory and storage too, but with no success — all we could glean is that there are four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, Intel WiDi for direct WiFi beaming of 1080 video to a bigger screen, plus Harmon Kardon speakers. C’mon Tosh, give us Ivy Bridge paired with a 28nm Kepler GPU and make the world happy. (Hands-on video right after the break.)
With Toshiba’s toes having already crossed the 560Mbps wireless transfer speed barrier, Sony is instead forced to emphasize that its new TransferJet chip has “industry-leading short-range sensitivity.” Crucially though, the miniaturised 6mm x 6mm device also boasts lower consumption compared to Sony’s previous offerings, making it suitable for smartphones and tablets rather than just cameras or laptops. The product should start appearing in devices some time after August and will sell to OEMs for ¥500 ($ 6) — which means it doesn’t beat Toshiba on price either.
While Toshiba’s stateside reps had us convinced its 14-inch Ultrabook wouldn’t see the light of day until sometime in June, that message of withholding apparently didn’t make it Down Under. Outed by its Australian arm today, that would-be Portege is actually the company’s Satellite U840. We already knew the electronics giant had intended on shuffling this Windows 7 machine out under that brand umbrella back at CES, but now we have a $ 1,500 AUD (about $ 1,608 USD) price tag to go with a list of confirmed specs. Officially on deck for this aluminum-bodied laptop are an Intel Core i5-2467M processor and HD Graphics 3000 GPU, 720p-capable 1366 x 768 LED display, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB of storage, in addition to ports for HDMI, mic, headphone and USB (1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0). We still don’t know much about the capacity of the six cell battery powering this svelte notebook entry or a concrete landing date for that matter. But from the looks of this Aussie product page, that release is creeping mighty close.
The big guns at Toshiba have decided to tie their mobile sector and their brand new smart TVs together with a push for full integration via an app by the name of Toshiba MediaGuide. This application allows you to control your cable box or satellite receiver of one of either of the Toshiba L6200 or [...]
There were no shortage of Smart TV concepts and final executions this year at CES 2012, and Toshiba came packing one of the most awesome selections to the Pepcom event in the L7200 Cinema Series LED Smart 3D TV, one massive customer. This television includes passive 3D, on-board cable program guide, and all the bells [...]
Toshiba’s first entries into the ultra thin and lightweight notebook category called Ultrabooks are now available for purchase online after initially being sold exclusively through Best Buy. The Portege Z830 and the Z835 series are deemed the lightest 13-inch notebooks in the world, aiming to compete with Apple’s popular MacBook Air notebooks. There are four [...]
Toshiba Portege Z830 series Ultrabook will start at $ 899, well below the price of Apple’s least expensive 13.3-inch MacBook Air.
Toshiba will begin shipping its highest-capacity 2.5-in. enterprise-class hard drive early next year. The drive comes with native encryption for data security.
So, TransferJet hasn’t exactly taken off the way many had hoped, especially Sony which crammed the wireless tech into CyberShot cameras and Memory Sticks. But some, like Toshiba, are still holding on to the dream. By the end of January 2012 Tosh plans to ship samples of its new TC35420 TransferJet chip to manufacturers, which can move files at an impressive 560Mbps. The short-range, high-speed sharing protocol could make moving photos, videos and other media between your smartphones, tablets and laptops quick and easy… or it could just become another feature that lies dormant in a few select products collecting piles of virtual dust. It only started showing up in products last year, so we’re not ready to put a nail in its coffin just yet — we’ll just have to see if the tech can finally live up to it promise of painless connectivity.
Of all the “TV-like” all-in-one PCs we’ve seen, this Toshiba is perhaps the most convincing. Something about its glossy black, consumer electronic packaging and Onkyo soundbar just screams (tiny) HDTV. But, behind that 23-inch 1080p, multitouch panel is a Windows 7 PC powered by a Core i5 or i7 and 4GB of RAM. You also get a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD drive and a lone USB 3.0 port. There’s also an HDMI in jack for use with a game console or cable box — not bad for the oddly specific starting price of $ 957. When the DX735 starts shipping exclusively from Best Buy on October 2nd you’ll also have the option of adding on a TV tuner for a truly all-in-one entertainment solution. Check out the gallery below, as well as the PR after the break.
Gallery: Toshiba DX735 multitouch all-in-one