For nearly three decades, Toshiba, a Japanese company, has been ranked as one of the top computer manufacturers in the world. Although it has been involved in many aspects of manufacturing and industry since its creation in 1939 by the merger of two smaller firms, it is best known now for its computers and audio/video equipment.
Toshiba got its industry lead when it became the number two manufacturer of semi-conductor chips, and it is still in the top five today. That experience has seemingly given them an uncanny understanding of the market. Before other laptop manufacturers develop their prototypes, Toshiba is found introducing yet another breakthrough in technology, and very often, these new technologies find their way into their products.
But for many years, Toshiba has meant one thing and one thing only: the maker of some of the most sought after laptops and notebooks available. Toshiba has consistently pushed the edge of portability by manufacturing lighter weight and more powerful laptops than its nearest competitors. Unlike many of today's laptop computer manufacturer's, Toshiba uses much of its own semi-conductor technology in its computers - thus, giving them a serious competitive advantage.
The Toshiba Satellite series has been sold for over a decade and remains one of the most stellar lines in the laptop marketplace. It was the Satellite that was rumored to be responsible for IBM's now-popular ThinkPad series. Today, the Satellite series of notebooks offers an affordable entry price with a host of options for demanding consumers. Reliable, lightweight notebooks aren't particularly rare, but when they are accompanied by speed and affordability, they are powerful examples of what a company like Toshiba can accomplish with its engineering prowess.