The laptop is the Toshiba Satellite S50-ABT2N22. That is a mouthful, but here are the specs on the computer:
- Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor
- Windows 8 (Windows 7 Professional option available)
- 4GB DDR3 memory
- 500GB (5400RPM) hard drive
- Touchscreen Option Available
- Mobile Intel® graphics
- DVD SuperMulti Drive
- 1366x768 TruBrite display
- Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n
- Premium raised tile keyboard
- Starting at 5.3 lbs
The processor in this laptop, for those who care, is a Haswell processor. That means it's Intel's latest Core generation, and provides more power and battery life, too, than the past generation, Ivy Bridge. Gadget fans may recall how Microsoft's Surface Pro hybrid tablets were blasted over their short battery life; this was because they used the power-hungry Ivy Bridge CPUs, and this year's models are expected to move to the power-sipping Haswell processor, ameliorating that issue.
The list price is $899.99, but with a component rebate of $200 and $100 instant savings, the price comes down to $599. However, for today -- Sept. 5 -- only, customers can get an extra $50 off the price. To do so, they need to use the coupon code TDYS50795 to get that extra $50 in savings, bringing the price to $549.99.
Limited quantities of the coupon are available (only 100). The promotion ends when those 100 laptops are sold, or by the end of the day, so run, don't walk to your nearest browser. The link to the laptop is here.
It's nice to see Toshiba include a Windows 7 option for the laptop. While Windows 8 is the current version of the Redmond, Wash.-based giant's desktop operating system, it's clearly tailored for those also using Windows Phone, and for touch-screen laptops and tablets. It doesn't even have a Start button.
Many have complained, wishing that Microsoft would release a desktop-only version that eschews the Start Screen and goes straight to the desktop (meaning UI similar to Windows 7). It's become such an issue that third-party developers have created apps that do just that, bypass the Start Screen, return the Start button and Start menu, and go straight to the desktop.
Windows 8.1, which will be released on Oct. 22, will return the Start button, but will not have a Start menu.