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Toshiba Tecra R840-11E review

A powerful yet portable business laptop with excellent features

One of Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 2520M 2.5GHz processors is the brains behind this laptop. Combined with 4GB of memory, performance is even better than we expected. Not only can you run all of your business software, you can often run them together at the same time, with no kind of slowdown evident.

Basic integrated graphics mean you can't run the latest games, but then you would rather be working on a spreadsheet, right? We still found some down-time to watch a high-definition (HD) movie, which played perfectly, and you can even edit photos from your collection and movies.

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Of course, with its matt TFT finish, the 14-inch screen was not designed for enjoying films. Images are crisp, but the best part of this display is the lack of reflections when used outside or in bright offices. If you're constantly on the move and need a machine for staying productive, then consider this laptop.

Portability is further improved by the excellent battery life. We watched movies for four hours before the Tecra died, while less power-sapping activities such as browsing the web stretches battery life out to five or six hours.

Sleep-and-charge technology means you can connect your portable devices via USB, such as smartphones and MP3 players, and charge them even when the laptop is hibernating.

Usability is another important consideration and while the keyboard looks and feels rather plasticky, it's well-sized with covered gaps between the keys. The keys have a shallow travel when you hit them, which we weren't huge fans of, but it didn't stop us touch-typing at our usual pace. You also have an 'eco mode' shortcut key which lets you fiddle with power settings.

The touchpad is a generous size and perfectly smooth. The mouse buttons are firmly mounted, but are strangely sunken into the palmrest, which makes them awkward to push at times. Toshiba has included a pointing stick alternative to using the touchpad, which is a tiny nubbin mounted in the middle of the keyboard. Pushing it around moves the on-screen cursor, but we personally prefer the touchpad.

Managing to cram impressive performance and a mass of excellent business features into a slim and light body, Toshiba has impressed with the Tecra R840. The design is basic and there are some slight usability issues, but if you need a portable business solution on a limited budget, you could do a lot worse.

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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