4K is the latest in computer and television screen technology, though it isn’t for the feint of……pocketbook? As with any new technology, prices are going to be high during the initial launch. The same can be said for the first ultra HD laptop from Toshiba. The Tokyo-based technology giant recently announced that it plans on shipping the Toshiba Satellite P55t this week in the U.S. with a starting price of $1,500 for the base model.
While steep, that price tag nets you a 15.6″ laptop with a quad-core Intel i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon R9 M256X discrete graphics card with 2GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. In addition to that, you also get Windows 8.1, four USB 3.0 ports, backlit keyboard, SD card slot, 802.11 ac WiFi, HDMI out and speakers by Harman Kardon.
While all those components seem pretty standard the real big feature is the laptop’s screen resolution. Since it is a 4K, the resolution for the P55t comes in at 3,840 x 2,160 with 282 pixels per inch. If you are familiar with 4K technology then you will have noticed that Toshiba is using the ultra HD version of 4K. The other version of 4K is the 4,096 x 2,160 version, which is the preferred resolution used by the film industry.
Toshiba’s P55t also gained Technicolor Color Certification, promising colors that look more natural and more true to life. In addition to that, Toshiba is also throwing in a free copy if Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, which will allow users to take advantage of the added Technicolor features.
Some users may be weary of the fact that Toshiba doesn’t say anything about upgrading your storage options. Many users like to opt out of standard hard drive options in favor of optional SSD storage, though Toshiba has yet to mention anything about SSD being an option. Though, if you are pretty hand with DIY projects and you have the patience and the bravery to mess with a $1,500 laptop you can always fix this minor oversight.
Toshiba is the first company to drop a 4K laptop on the public, though it most certainly will not be the only one. Back at CES Lenovo was caught showing off an ultra HD 4K option for the upcoming Y50 gaming laptop. With the recent outbreak of 4K desktop monitors over the last year, other companies are ready to jump on the 4K laptop bandwagon, including Asus, Dell and Sharp.
The other real question here is whether or not users are looking for a laptop with this many pixels. 4K works great on HDTVs and larger computer monitors but it seems like it might be a bit much to put all these pixels into a laptop screen. Some users already think that 1080p is a stretch for some laptops so it will be interesting to see how users respond to both the pixel resolution and the price of the laptops themselves.