Toshiba mid-2015 laptop buying guide: optimised for Windows 10

New design features, and a large range of price points to choose from

Veteran notebook innovator, Toshiba, has come out with a new range of computers that use a fresh design concept across the board. The new devices, which span numerous price points to ensure that there is something for everyone's budget, all have a sleek, refined look, as well as inclusions that make them optimised for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

What does being optimised for Windows 10 mean? For these devices, it means having dual microphones that can be used to more easily interact with Windows 10's personal assistant, Cortana. All models will get the Windows 10 upgrade once it's available -- presently, they all run Windows 8.1.

Other features to look forward to include improved sound over last year's models via bigger speaker grilles and Skullcandy tuning, faster Wi-Fi via 802.11ac in almost all models (though the speed varies), and HDMI 2.0 is featured a lot of the models, too, which can facilitate 4K video output.

Toshiba has also come up with a Bluetooth utility that can be used to control a smartphone from the computer. Toshiba always adds plenty of utilities and other software to its laptops, which can sometimes be an annoyance, so it remains to be seen if this one will be of practical use.

User improvements include contoured keys on most models, as well as a new palm rejection feature for the touchpads, which was implemented after user feedback concerning flying cursors while typing. The keyboard is now frameless.

We have broken down the new releases below, according to their series, and the available configurations and features within each series. This should make it easier to see what's available (from June 2015) and what fits your price range and needs -- mostly, these are mainstream machines that span hybrids to desktop replacements, from AMD CPUs, to Intel Core i7.

Bear in mind, though, that more models will be released later in the year, once Windows 10 arrives, along with new chips from Intel.

Satellite Radius Series

Toshiba Satellite Radius
Toshiba Satellite Radius

The Australian market is said to be mostly ahead of the world in its adoption of 2-in-1 (or hybrid) style devices that can be used both as notebooks and tablets (and in other modes in between, depending on the model). The Radius Series from Toshiba describes the type of hybrid device that can be used as a notebook, and as a tablet.

The models in this range have somewhat confusing naming conventions: they are the Radius L40W, which is a 14-inch model, and the Radius L10W, which is an 11.6-inch model that gets a refresh.

Both feature hinges that allow the screen to tilt all the way back and around the other side. This means you can also use a couple of modes in between notebook and tablet, such as display (or presentation) mode, and tent mode.

Go for the Core i7 L40W model if you want the fastest, most responsive user experience and don't mind the larger size (or paying a bit more for it). Otherwise, the entry point is the 11.6-inch, Pentium-based model for $899.

Specs and pricing follow:

Toshiba Radius L10W 11-B00L (PSKVUA-00L001)

Price: $899
Screen size: 11.6in (touchscreen)
Resolution: 1366x768
CPU: Intel Pentium Processor N3540
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB solid state drive
Graphics: Intel HD
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI
Networking: 802.11ac (433Mbps)
Weight: 1.3kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 6.3 hours (stated)

Toshiba Radius L40W 14 L40W-C009 (PSLZAA-009001)

Price: $1799
Screen size: 14in (touchscreen)
Resolution: 1366x768
CPU: Intel Core i7-5500U
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB, M.2-based solid state drive
Graphics: Intel HD 5500
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI (4K capable)
Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (433Mbps)
Weight: 2.06kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 10 hours (stated)

Satellite C-Series

Toshiba Satellite C-Series
Toshiba Satellite C-Series

The Satellite C-Series is what Toshiba calls its 'classic' laptops, and they are aimed at those of you who are looking for basic computing at a low price point. They are primarily suitable for Web browsing, being social, checking email, online shopping, writing documents, and similar everyday, non-taxing tasks. You can even pop in a DVD. That said, the notebooks in this series still include a modern style that features a frameless keyboard and a relatively slim profile.

Toshiba Satellite C-Series detail
Toshiba Satellite C-Series detail

Specs and pricing follow:

Toshiba Satellite C50D-C00U (PSCQEA-00U00H)

Price: $699
Screen size: 15.6in
Resolution: 1366x768
CPU: AMD Eq-7010
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive
Graphics: AMD Radeon R2
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI
Networking: 100Mbs Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi
Weight: 2.2kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 6.5 hours (stated)

Toshiba Satellite C50D-C00V (PSCQEA-00V00H)

Price: $799
Screen size: 15.6in
Resolution: 1366x768
CPU: AMD A4-7210
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive
Graphics: AMD Radeon R3
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Networking: 100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi
Weight: 2.2kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 6.5 hours (stated)

Toshiba Satellite C70-C00M (PSCSJA-00M00F)

Price: $1399
Screen size: 17.3in
Resolution: 1600x900
CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive
Graphics: 2GB Nvidia GeForce 930M
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac (433Mbps)
Weight: 2.6kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 6 hours (stated)

Satellite L Series

Toshiba Satellite L-Series
Toshiba Satellite L-Series

One step above the C-Series is the L-Series (L stands for 'life'). This series features a little more power under the hood, meaning you will notice better responsiveness over a C-Series, depending on the model. There is also faster wireless networking (802.11ac), and better battery life to be had.

Toshiba Satellite L-Series keyboard
Toshiba Satellite L-Series keyboard

Toshiba Satellite L-Series detail
Toshiba Satellite L-Series detail
Read more: What laptop should I buy?

Specs and pricing follow:

Toshiba Satellite L50-C036 (PSKWNA-036002)

Price: $999
Screen size: 15.6in
Resolution: 1366x768
CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive
Graphics: Intel HD5500
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI
Networking: 100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (433Mbps)
Weight: 2.2kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 7.4 hours (stated)

Toshiba Satellite L50-C02X (PSKWSA-02X003)

Price: $1199
Screen size: 15.6in
Resolution: 1366x768
CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive
Graphics: 2GB Nvidia GeForce 930M
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac (433Mbps)
Weight: 2.2kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 7.4 hours (stated)

Toshiba Satellite L70-C00J (PSKZEA-00J00H)

Price: $1899
Screen size: 17.3in
Resolution: 1920x1080
CPU: Intel Core i7-5500U
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hybrid hard drive with 8MB solid state cache
Graphics: 2GB Nvidia GeForce 930M
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (433Mbps)
Weight: 2.6kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 6 hours (stated)

Satellite P-Series

Toshiba Satellite P-Series
Toshiba Satellite P-Series

For those of you looking for a more luxurious laptop, the P-Series (P for 'prestige') is more stylish than the L and C-series, and commands a higher price tag.

Laptops in this series are slimmer and they feature Intel Core i7 processing, which means they are primed for performing hard work and providing an optimal entertainment experience at home.

They feature a built-in DVD drive and are differentiated by graphics performance and storage speed -- the P50-C00X is faster due to its solid state drive. The P50-C00X is also suitable for gaming due to its more powerful graphics. The P70 is a larger system that is a bona fide desktop replacement laptop.

Read more: Lenovo ThinkPad T550 laptop

Toshiba Satellite P-Series detail
Toshiba Satellite P-Series detail

Specs and pricing follow:

Toshiba Satellite P50-C00W (PSPTSA-00W006)

Price: $1599
Screen size: 15.6in
Resolution: 1920x1080 (Full HD)
CPU: Intel Core i7-500U
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive
Graphics: 2GB Nvidia GeForce 930M
Ports: 3x USB 3.0, HDMI (4K capable)
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi (867Mbps)
Weight: 2.2kg (stated)
Battery life: up to six hours (stated)

Toshiba Satellite P50-C00X (PSPTSA-00X006)

Price: $1999
Screen size: 15.6in
Resolution: 1920x1080 (Full HD)
CPU: Intel Core i7-500U
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 256GB M.2-based solid state drive
Graphics: 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M
Ports: 3x USB 3.0, HDMI (4K capable)
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi (867Mbps)
Weight: 2.2kg (stated)
Battery life: up to six hours (stated)

Toshiba Satellite P70-B097 (PSPPNA-09700M)

Price: $1699
Screen size: 17.3in
Resolution: 1920x1080 (Full HD)
CPU: Intel Core i7-4720HQ
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB, 5400rpm hybrid drive with 8GB solid state cache
Graphics: 4GB Radeon R9 M265X
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI (4K capable)
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac (433Mbps)
Weight: 3kg (stated)
Battery life: up to 4.4 hours (stated)

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