Toshiba has introduced three new business laptops-as well as a consumer-geared spinoff-that are its thinnest yet and feature Intel "Sandy Bridge" processors.
business laptop customers have been asking for lighter machines and more robust
battery life without a sacrifice to performance, according
to the company, and on April 12 it delivered, with thinnest-ever
versions of its Tecra and Port??Â«g??Â« laptops.
company introduced an ultraportable Port??Â«g??Â« R830, a Tecra R840-25
percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor-and an also
slimmed down Tecra R850, all running Intel's 2nd-generation
and a choice of 7200RPM hard drives or 128GB solid-state drives.
Discrete graphics from AMD Radeon with 1GB of dedicated graphics memory
are also included, along with USB 3.0, eSATA/USB Combo drives with
Sleep & Charge technology; DisplayPort or HDMI ports; ExpressCard
Gigabit Ethernet; and connectors for pairing the laptops with a dock.
suite of security features, such as multilevel passwords, a fingerprint reader
and an optional SmartCard reader, are included, and to lower the total cost of
ownership across a fleet deployment, the Tectra and Portege laptops have
similar graphics, the same AC power adapter and Hi-Speed Port Replicator II,
and the Portege R830 and Tecra R840 have interchangeable 6- and 9-cell
Tecra laptops were built with a new fiberglass-reinforced casing and
"honeycomb rib" structure. The R840 features a 14-inch
(diagonal) HD or HD-plus LED-backlit display, is an inch thin and
4.2 pounds. It can be configured with a Intel Core i3, i5 or i7
processors and-when paired with a solid state drive-boasts a battery
life of up to 11
easy access to the hard drive and memory (just remove two screws), EasyGuard
technology to protect against knocks and spills and-a particular point of
Toshiba pride-a "highly effective" air intake design for keeping
the machine cool.
larger Tegra R850 similarly features the range of processor choices but bumps
the display to 15.6 inches and includes a 10-key numeric pad on the keyboard.
At approximately an inch thick and a starting weight of 5.3 pounds, it's 19
percent thinner and 6 percent lighter than the Tecra A11 that proceeded it, and
paired with the solid state drive offers a battery life of seven hours.
Port??Â«g??Â« R830, according to Toshiba, is the "world's lightest 13.3-inch
full-performance ultraportable laptop featuring an integrated DVD drive."
It, too, is an inch thick, but weighs just 3.1 pounds. Available in seven
models, users again have a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 "Sandy
Bridge" processors, plus a hard drive or solid-state drive. They also get
a USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 3.0, the AirFlow cooling system, a Hard Drive Impact Sensor and spill-resistant
slipped into its announcement that it plans to also offer consumer edition
Portege R835 laptops. Housed in spiffy Magnesium Blue covers, they'll feature
the Intel's 2nd-generation Core i3 or i5
processors, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 640GB hard drives and a USB 3.0 port. Intel
Wireless Display 2.0 capable, they can wirelessly connect to an HDTV, but the docking
capabilities will be left off and the warranty will be just a year-versus the
three years offered on the enterprise-grade models.
consumer models start at $889 and are now available at Best Buy, as well as the
Microsoft Store and Toshiba, while, through Toshiba resellers and e-tailers the
Tecra R840 Series is priced from $899 to $1,479, the Tecra R850 Series from
$879 to $1,399 and the Port??Â«g??Â« R830 Series from $1,049 to $1,649.