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Toshiba Tecra R840-11E review

A powerful yet portable business laptop with excellent features

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Portability
  • DVD drive
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Feel of keyboard
  • Limited storage

Toshiba's Tecra range strikes a fine balance between consumer and business laptops. The Tecra R840-11E offers tons of business features and great performance in a light and slim body, but at a price that isn't out of grasp for the average consumer.

The first of the business features is a built-in fingerprint scanner wedged between the mouse buttons. You can use this to log on to your laptop, which saves the hassle of remembering complex passwords.

An ExpressCard slot allows you to add peripherals, such as graphics cards, TV Tuner cards and extra storage, while an eSATA port can be used to back up your files to an external hard drive.

DisplayPort and VGA ports mean you can hook up an external monitor or projector. You can even connect wirelessly with compatible televisions.

Your data will be protected from theft by the aforementioned fingerprint scanner, but it's also protected against accidental damage by the hard drive. If the drive detects an unexpected motion (for example, the laptop plummeting off a desk), it will reset itself. This lowers the risk of failure on impact.

While 320GB of storage space isn't a lot, it should still suit most users who simply want to carry their important files around, as well as a modest collection of songs and photos.

More impressive is the fact that Toshiba has squeezed in a DVD drive. Not a bad effort, considering the slender body measures just 31mm at its thickest point and weighs a modest 2.1kg. With its compact chassis, it fits with ease into most bags.

You can find more portable business machines out there, such as the Samsung 9000 Series and Sony's VAIO Z-Series, but they tend to cost more than the Tecra R840's price tag.

However, while the Tecra may be slim and light, we weren't exactly excited by the plain black design. The frame and lid have a bevelled plastic texture, which does a great job of hiding fingerprints and scuff marks, but isn't visually appealing. Thankfully there isn't much flex, and the lid is particularly solid.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA, UMTS, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
Product FamilyTecra R840
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Processor Modeli5-2520M
ColourGraphite Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.50 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.99 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM67 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height27.4 mm
Width341 mm
Depth239 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR840
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelR840-11E
Product NameTecra R840-11E Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, AccuPoint II
Product LineTecra
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT42GE-00G006EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Performance and portability. The Tecra R840 is a high performance, thin and light laptop with a 35.6cm (14") display and advanced technologies for the business user. It features the latest generation Intel processors and built-in manageability and security to support and secure your business. Our new design uses high strength composite materials to offer the perfect balance of robustness, reliability and mobility.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Tecra R840-11E Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year