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Toshiba's 4K Laptop Gets US Price and Release Date

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

We saw a lot of 4K TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year; more than you could shake a stick at. But we also saw some 4K laptops, including one offering from Toshiba. Dubbed the Satellite P55t, Toshiba claimed the title of 'world's first Ultra HD 4K laptop' when it announced the notebook back in January. Unfortunately, the company wouldn't talk specs or release date beyond 'mid-2014.' We hadn't been expecting to see the P55t until May or June, but Toshiba today announced that the laptop is coming to the U.S. market this month. 

The P55t packs a 15.6-inch Ultra HD display with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and a pixel density of 282 PPI. The laptop is powered by Intel's 4th gen quad-core Core i7 CPU coupled with AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and 16 GB of DDR3L RAM. There's also 1 TB of HDD storage on board as well as a Blu-ray drive, HDMI out, USB 3.0 x 4, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, SD/SDHC slot, WiDi, WiFi, Bluetooth 4, and Windows 8.1. The laptop will also come with a full version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. 

Pricing for this is $1,499, and it will be available at Toshiba.com/us next Tuesday, April 22.

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    wemakeourfuture , April 15, 2014 5:33 PM
    Garbage.

    Battery quality will be utter crap.
    It's dimensions and weight are from 3-4 years ago
    Standard HDD versus SSD and Flash memory!? Are you serious. Laptops are getting 400-1200 MB/s

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    Shankovich , April 15, 2014 5:35 PM
    Wow $1500 isn't that bad of a price for the specs. Just toss in a SSD if you like, but I mean the screen, the CPU, and the GPU...not bad at all.
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    redgarl , April 15, 2014 5:47 PM
    Can it play Crysis...?
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    vern72 , April 15, 2014 6:25 PM
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    Garbage.

    Battery quality will be utter crap.


    Yeah, the battery life is the only thing I'd worry about but the price isn't too outrageous.
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    daswilhelm , April 15, 2014 9:04 PM
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    Wow $1500 isn't that bad of a price for the specs. Just toss in a SSD if you like, but I mean the screen, the CPU, and the GPU...not bad at all.


    considering that gpu won't be able to perform at 4k, this system seems like a waste of time/money.
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    neon neophyte , April 15, 2014 9:39 PM
    why on earth would you want 4k on a screen that small? i think it would cause more problems than it would be worth.
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    LordConrad , April 15, 2014 9:57 PM
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    considering that gpu won't be able to perform at 4k, this system seems like a waste of time/money.


    It will probably work better then a retina MacBook on integrated graphics.
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    cats_Paw , April 16, 2014 1:26 AM
    That Laptop costs less than most 4k tvs...
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    SteelCity1981 , April 16, 2014 3:33 AM
    a 4k screen that small is pure marketing gimmick. that and the fact that you couldn't even play a game with native 4k with that type of setup.
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    jasonpwns , April 16, 2014 4:24 AM
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    a 4k screen that small is pure marketing gimmick. that and the fact that you couldn't even play a game with native 4k with that type of setup.


    Are you going to suggest 1920x1080 on a 15.6 inch screen is a marketing gimick too? The difference is noticable.
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    nthreem , April 16, 2014 5:41 AM
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    considering that gpu won't be able to perform at 4k, this system seems like a waste of time/money.


    Your definition of "perform" is most likely different than the market that Toshiba is trying to capture. The fact that Toshiba is packaging the laptop with Photoshop Lightroom tells me that they're aiming for the photographers looking for a mobile solution for editing. You don't need tremendous GPU power to display high resolution images. As another reader commented, even Macbooks can rely on integrated graphics solutions.

    I would love more resolution than 1920x1080 on a laptop. I admit that Windows applications still need to resolve some scaling issues for ultra HD screens. But these specs definitely interest me and my needs.
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    mowston , April 16, 2014 6:34 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Wow $1500 isn't that bad of a price for the specs. Just toss in a SSD if you like, but I mean the screen, the CPU, and the GPU...not bad at all.


    considering that gpu won't be able to perform at 4k, this system seems like a waste of time/money.


    I couldn't find any benchmarks for the R9 M265X. How do you know it won't perform at 4K?
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    martel80 , April 16, 2014 7:50 AM
    I have a 15 inch full HD laptop and it's already dense enough. What the heck? :) 
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    hannibal , April 16, 2014 9:01 AM
    A laptop is easily fast enough for running 4K screen. No problem in there. Only those people who plan to play action games on those laptops will do better with 1080p screen, or they should use 1080p resolution when playing with laptop that has 4K screen. The gamers are very minor market segment in computer users. And when the most popular game ever is minesweeper or Angry birds or something similar, this will be fast enough!
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    xiinc37 , April 16, 2014 11:04 AM
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    I couldn't find any benchmarks for the R9 M265X. How do you know it won't perform at 4K?


    It is an underclocked R7 250/7730. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r7-240-and-250,3717.html
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    neon neophyte , April 16, 2014 12:11 PM
    Quote:
    A laptop is easily fast enough for running 4K screen. No problem in there. Only those people who plan to play action games on those laptops will do better with 1080p screen, or they should use 1080p resolution when playing with laptop that has 4K screen. The gamers are very minor market segment in computer users. And when the most popular game ever is minesweeper or Angry birds or something similar, this will be fast enough!

    it is a gaming laptop... look at the gpu
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    SteelCity1981 , April 16, 2014 1:52 PM
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    a 4k screen that small is pure marketing gimmick. that and the fact that you couldn't even play a game with native 4k with that type of setup.


    yeah it is with a screen size that small

    really then show me an actual diff show me how much diff it is on a screen that size.
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    neon neophyte , April 16, 2014 2:08 PM
    fact is with a screen res that high and screen size that small there will be scaling issues. not everything scales properly. there will be tiny things you cant read unless you put your nose to your screen

    that is why it is a bit ridiculous
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    brettms71 , April 16, 2014 4:00 PM
    I have a 15'6 laptop with a 3k screen and 780M (MSI GT60). You do notice the difference, I do game at 3k, and it looks beautiful, crisp and so much better compared to my old screen at 1920x1080. Battery life is....wait I don't care! Scaling wise on my desktop i scale up to 150% for icons etc and that works well under windows 8. My only issue is Steam games actually. Steam scales on the desktop screen, but when im in game it seems to forget the scaling and shows at the native 3k resolution, so is a bit tiny to read. But not with all games it seems. Anyway, would want to see performance on that video card, but i think laptops with higher res screens are worth it, and some games really benefit from clarity at higher resolutions.
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    11796pcs , April 16, 2014 5:39 PM
    Manufacturers seem to be releasing some really dumb products. This and 1440p phones make me facepalm.
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