Toshiba Celebrates 25 Years Of Technological Innovation

Libretto W100 and Tecra R700 Introduced in Recognition of 25th Anniversary of First Notebook Computer

MARKHAM, ON, June 21 /CNW/ - Toshiba of Canada Limited announced today the introduction of two new products, the Libretto W100 dual-screen notebook and the Tecra R700 ultra-light full function notebook, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the world's first mass-market notebook, the Toshiba T1100. Since launching the Toshiba T1100 in the spring of 1985, the company has maintained an impressive track record of innovation and has been a leading pioneer in the development of mobile computing worldwide.

"This major milestone is an opportunity to both proudly reflect on the tremendous impact Toshiba has had as a leader in the field of mobile computing and to look forward to the company's continued success in combining superior craftsmanship with smart features to provide consumers with the best possible product," said Toshiba product manager, Mini Saluja. 

Many Steps; One Amazing Journey

Since 1985, Toshiba has sold more than 90 million notebooks world-wide and along the way has added more and more functionality, features and connectivity options, while also reducing the weight and dimensions of the finished products. In addition to a rich history of environmental leadership, the company has achieved many of the industry's first major milestones. These include:

  • The first portable PC featuring an internal hard disk drive
  • The first pen tablet slate PC
  • The first notebook PC with a CD-Rom Drive
  • The first notebook PC with a DVD drive
  • The first notebook PC with Wireless capabilities
  • The first AV notebook PC featuring LCD TV-class video quality
  • World's first notebook to comply with the EU's Restriction of Hazardous Substances regulations
  • First notebook with a Solid State Drive

The new anniversary models, the Libretto W100 and the Tecra R700 ultra-light notebook, are the latest in a long-line of groundbreaking products from Toshiba. 

Libretto W100:  Touch Your Life
Toshiba's new Libretto W100 simply reinvents mobile computing.  The world's first dual-screen Windows 7 notebook, it is the smallest high-performance notebook that Toshiba has ever produced. Weighing as little as 819 grams and featuring seamless WI-FI connectivity, this unit is designed for consumers who want to be at the forefront of creative mobile computing and want to enjoy state-of-the art web and computing applications.

It combines a full Windows computing experience with an intuitive touch interface on two 7-inch screens panels that give users more control over how they see their content.  For example, users can hold the Libretto W100 vertically to read the double-page spread of a newspaper, or horizontally to read a document on the upper screen, while using the lower screen to capture clippings and ideas. The lower screen can also display a virtual keyboard.

With the Libretto W100, the possibilities for your digital lifestyle are limitless.  Send emails, surf the net, watch videos or read e-books, you can even plan a meeting, check the destination address and read through your presentation in a taxi - with all data safely stored on the 62 GB Solid State Drive. Users can even choose between virtual keyboards, including an ingenious split keypad for fast accurate typing using only your thumbs. Twenty-five years ago Toshiba put a physical keyboard in a portable computer - with this device Toshiba has taken it away. Are you ready to touch the future?


  • Intel® Pentium™ U5400
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • 62 GB SSD
  • Two 17.8cm (7'') multi-touch displays with LED backlight, 1,024 x 600 pixels
  • WLAN (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 1x USB 2.0
  • MicroSD-Card Reader
  • Built-in accelerometer to automatically switch from book mode to notebook mode
  • 1Megapixel webcam
  • Toshiba LifeSpace for dual screen user interface
  • Toshiba Media Controller
  • Toshiba Eco Utility
  • Energy Star 5.0 qualified

Tecra R700: Major Milestone; Major Innovation
Toshiba's new Tecra R700 is an ultra-light, full function 13.3-inch notebook designed specifically for business users who demand exceptional portability but expect uncompromised performance.  As light as 1.45kg, this unit is equipped with TruBrite® HD display with LED backlighting, the latest Intel® Core processor and up to 8GB RAM.  

"To achieve the power and performance of the Tecra R700, while keeping it as light as possible, Toshiba made major advances in the areas of heat management, chassis construction and memory chip deployment," says Toshiba commercial notebook product manager, Steve Wong.  

Airflow Cooling Technology, co-developed by Intel® and Toshiba, allows the Tecra R700 to integrate the latest Intel® Core family processors in an ultra-slim casing while keeping the sound of the fan to a minimum. A honeycomb structure in the palmrest area makes the Tecra R700 highly durable against flexing - protecting the electronic and mechanical components from being damaged, considerably prolonging the life of the product. By innovatively stacking the memory slots vertically, the Tecra R700 can accommodate up to 8GB RAM for even more powerful performance.

The Tecra R700 looks as good as it performs, with a durable yet elegant black magnesium-alloy cover and a raised tile keyboard.  Innovative features such as a 3D sensor for hard disk protection, a broad range of connectivity options, a non-reflective screen, a dock station connector and a battery that can run for up to eight hours round out a machine that does not compromise on performance. 


  • Intel® Core™ i7, Intel® Core™  i5 or  Intel® Core™ i3  Processor
  • Up to 8GB DDR3 Memory
  • Up to 320 GB Hard Disk Drive with 3D impact sensor or 128 GB Solid State Drive
  • ODD: 9.5mm DVD Super Slim Super Multi & DL
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, WLAN (802.11 a/b/g/n), Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • 3x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA / USB combo port with Sleep-and-Charge and Multi-Card Reader, VGA, HDMI®, Express Card Slot
  • Large multi-touch touch pad
  • VGA Webcam
  • Toshiba Resolution+
  • Toshiba Media Controller
  • Toshiba LifeSpace
  • Toshiba PC Health Monitor
  • EPEAT Gold certified
  • Energy Star 5.0 qualified

Toshiba of Canada
Toshiba of Canada Limited is a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of electronic products and semiconductors. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Toshiba of Canada is a digital technology leader with a wide range of Audio Visual Personal Computers, notebook computers, high definition televisions, DVD players and Blu-ray players. Throughout its history, Toshiba's commitment to technological and environmental innovations has distinguished the corporation from its competitors.

Intel and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

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