Laptops are not in the best of places in the current computer market. Tablets are rapidly overtaking their place as the most popular format for getting your web surfing and email done. But they’re not going down without a fight, as Toshiba proves with their latest laptop.
Granted, their new laptop, the Satellite P50t, isn’t quite a 4K laptop. The screen resolution is actually 3,840 x 2,160 display, which is close enough, really, since the screen is only fifteen inches; realistically you won’t be able to tell the difference between a 4K playback and a Blu-Ray, unless it’s a particularly bad upscaling. But it’s still much, much higher resolution than many laptops, and that’s enough in this arena to draw a lot of attention. Really, let’s face it, with this kind of thing, it’s about the raw numbers!
But What Kind Of Power?
That said, Toshiba was rather tight-lipped about anything else about this computer. The processors promise to be about in line with what you can get from computers in this price range, and by all accounts, it’ll be a fairly standard computer otherwise. Which is an interesting choice, not least because Toshiba seems to be competing against themselves with a dirt-cheap Chromebook that has at least an inch on the competition. Apparently Toshiba will be fighting it out with screen sizes this year.
Higher And Higher
Still, no matter how you slice it, it’s fairly impressive that Toshiba has managed to cram such a pixel-dense panel into such a relatively small space. And it is nice to see that even if laptops are struggling to keep their market share, companies are still willing to put out flashy models. And hey, if nothing else, with Netflix streaming 4K soon, you’ll be able to put that fancy high resolution laptop to use.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.