Toshiba Launches New “L Series” Laptops Starting at $549

satellite-l500-screen-sizes“L” is for “Laptops,” says Toshiba. The company just launched its new Satellite L Series devices, which start at $549.99 and are aimed at back-to-schoolers and those on a budget. That price begins to approach the netbook market, although these devices aren’t quite as portable. There are four sizes in the series: 14″, 15.6″, 16″ and 17.3″, with MSRPs ranging up to $699. The smaller screens offer 1366×768 resolution while the bigger models go up to 1600×900. All use what Toshiba calls an HD TruBrite display offering a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.

Toshiba calls the 14-incher “lightweight,” but it starts out at 5.06 pounds. That might be light compared to the 17.3-incher at 7.7 pounds, but it’s no light-and-thin device. I’d put these more in the realm of everyday use or desktop replacements.

The L Series can be configured in a number of ways with¬†CPUs from AMD and Intel, integrated or discrete graphics, different wireless options, optical drives, RAM and storage capacity. All of them feature a graphite colored Fusion Finish and Toshiba’s Eco Utility with one-touch power saving features.