Do Toshiba Laptops Have Built in Bluetooth?

by Matt Skaggs

Laptops and computers have evolved from simple calculators into incredibly complicated machines capable of performing countless tasks. Laptops have many features you can choose from, and one common feature people look for is Bluetooth, especially because of how Bluetooth focuses on portability and ease of connection, just like laptops. If you need Bluetooth, there are a number of Toshiba laptops that fit the bill.

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is the use of radio waves to send and receive data. This technology eliminates the need for data cables in many contexts, so you don't end up cluttering your workspace or your computer area with those cords. Radio stations and TVs also use radio waves, but they're on a different frequency than Bluetooth, and they extend much farther than a normal Bluetooth device. Most Bluetooth connections are limited to about 30 feet.

Toshiba Laptop Features

There are tons of features available with Toshiba laptops, and many laptops do have built-in Bluetooth. The various series, or families, of Toshiba laptops meet different needs, so features vary from family to family. There's the Satellite family, aimed more at everyday middle-of-the-road needs, and then there's the Qosmio, a powerful laptop capable of meeting the demands of most video games. As of January, 2011, Toshiba lists over 300 laptops on its website that you can choose from. Of those, 59 have built-in Bluetooth, and there are some in each of the Toshiba families except the "mini notebook."

Popular Toshiba Laptops with Bluetooth

Toshiba's Qosmio X505-Q898 does a good job balancing laptop portability with gaming power with its Intel Core i7 processor, 64-bit architecture, 1.5 GDDR5 RAM, Blu-ray disc drive and even an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M. The Portege R700-S1331 is a fairly strong laptop, boasting an Intel Core i7 processor, 32- and 64-bit versions, Mobile Intel HD Shared graphics, 4 GB of DDR3 memory and a solid-state drive. The Tecra A11-S3531 is more of a business-oriented laptop, with an Intel Core i5, 32- and 64-bit options, NVIDIA NVS 2100M for graphics, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320 GB hard drive disk. Lastly, the all-purpose Satellite L635-S3050 has an Intel Core i5, 64-bit architecture, Mobile Intel HD Graphics with shared memory and 4 GB of RAM.

Bluetooth Applications

There's a lot of talk about Bluetooth, and for good reason. Because of Bluetooth, there are speakers that don't need wires, game console controllers sans cables and even computers that communicate with printers without any data cords between them. One of the most common applciations is with mobile devices, especially cell phones. Bluetooth enables cordless, hands-free headsets and cable-free syncing with computers. In fact, if you leave your phone's Bluetooth function turned on, it will usually connect and sync as soon as it's within range of your computer. (Using Bluetooth lessens your phone's battery life, though.)

About the Author

A lover of technology in all forms, Matt Skaggs began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in Windows computers and Android devices. His writing has appeared on many websites providing a plethora of technology information and tutorials. In 2008 Skaggs graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts in humanities.

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