Toshiba's 4K notebook ships next week for under $1,500

By Shawn Knight
Apr 16, 2014
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  1. Toshiba will launch one of the first notebooks with a 4K resolution display next week. The Satellite P55T features a 15.6-inch display operating at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 which is four times the number of pixels found in...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    So tell me again why a 4k laptop would be great... The battery life on a 4k display laptop would be what 2-3hours idle/in-use? I thought laptops were meant to be portable not like a desktop always plugged in... soo much stuff on a laptop which will mean its battery life is useless.

    If it was a 1080P screen then ye I could see it working but with these specs it makes you wonder if they are trying to make laptops into tiny desktop pc's instead of useable laptops that last 8-10hrs...
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,110   +1,377

    I was just reading about why DELL P2414Q isn't as practical as its 32" version - only because most of applications still have no support for retina screens, and thus on 24" look barely usable.

    On 15" all such applications will be 100% unusable, the whole lot of them in fact. It will take years for the market of applications to catch up, while great many useful applications will never be updated at all, because nobody develops them anymore.

    And being limited to just MS applications isn't very useful.

    Apple created a usable retina platform because they control the market very up-close, while in Windows platform the applications market is a wild zoo that won't be tamed.

    In all, a laptop like this is only suitable for professional use when you have to use specific applications known to support retina screens. But for general purpose it is not practical.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Wow, a $1500 premium notebook with a 5400RPM HDD? No thanks...
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    I couldn't care less about 4K at the moment, one of these days when it's mainstream you'll be able to pick up machines like this for a dime a dozen. $1500? Yeah, right.
  6. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137 can pick up a 1080p Toshiba Satellite with a high capacity hard drive at 7200RPM for less than $700. Or, pick up two and give one to a friend for the price of a $1500 4K Toshiba.
  7. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    This just does not look like a laptop I would be interested in. Even with a M265X the Graphics performance will be abyssmal even for the most mainstream stuff. Plus the fact that not many applications are 4k complaint yet will make it annoying in that size more than anything.

    If I spend 1500 bucks on a laptop, the only way I would take a 5400RPM 1tb drive would be if I got either an M290X GPU or GTX 880m GPU inside and a second slot for an SSD. I would rather have just a good ole 1080p screen though for that anyways.
  8. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Much too expensive--next.
  9. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 860   +307

    15.6 inch display with 4K? WTF
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +270

    I'd rather have 1TB hard drive than 256GB SSD. Difference in speeds is not that noticeable anyway. As for 4K, I don't really care about it much. I have 1366x768 resolution on 15.4" display and it's not great but It's a laptop so who cares.
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

    Just like smartphones, resolution race seems to be spreading on notebooks.

    I am thinking about replacing my 3 year old DV6011TX, and so far the ones I've looked at are 15.6" screen with1080p resolution at max, and I want decent battery life, a higher mainstream graphics solution (like GT765M+ or similar AMD Radeon), SSD+1TB, with at least 8GB RAM. I am tilting towards getting an Alienware offering with similar specs few months down the road though.

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