Toshiba is launching three laptops that use face-recognition software to distinguish their owners and authenticate logins.

The Toshiba Satellite A300, P300 and U400 will launch in the UK in Q2 and will have an expected starting price of £499.

Toshiba's three new Satellite laptops will each feature integrated webcams and microphones that work in conjunction with Toshiba's face-recognition software to offer a more secure way for Windows users to log on and off.

The face-recognition can be used with or without the traditional password function and, according Toshiba, can’t be fooled by pictures or masks or other ways of impersonating people.

The 15in Toshiba Satellite A300 and its 17in sister, the P300, feature a thinner designer than their counterparts in the Satellite range. Available with Intel Pentium, Core2 Duo, AMD Athlon64 or Turion64 processors, the laptops have LED feather-touch media buttons, a textured palm rest, smooth touch pad with metallic mouse buttons and white, orange and blue LED system indicators. Prices will start from around £499.

Toshiba is also set to launch a 13.3in model in the UK. The Toshiba Satellite U400 is a thin and light laptop weighing 2kg. With a glossy case and either an Intel Pentium or Core 2 Duo processor, the U400 features the same media buttons, textured palm rest and smooth touchpad as the other two new models.

Prices are expected to start at £599 and the U400 will also offer an Intel X3100 graphics chip, integrated optical drive and Windows Vista Home Premium.

The Toshiba Satellite face-recognition laptops are expected to go on sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2008.

We expect full details of all three laptops later today.