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Toshiba Tecra R940 review

A business laptop with plenty of decent features

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Solid outer build
  • 7200rpm hard drive
  • Good choice of ports
  • Lots of business features

Against

  • Below average screen
  • Flex under keyboard
  • Low-quality trackpad
  • Expensive

The tagline behind the Toshiba Tecra R940 is designed to be a serious business laptop.

More recently, this is an area where Ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Samsung Series 9 have been making waves, with their long battery life and speedy solid-state drives.

For the most part, though, Ultrabooks tend to be light on features, and if there's one thing the Tecra R940-1CW has, it's business features.

Toshiba Tecra R940 1CW review

A fingerprint scanner, Intel WiDi, a ThinkPad-style pointer as well as a trackpad, eSATA, an Express Card slot, a self-encrypting hard drive and an Intel vPro CPU, offering embedded security features, are all present here. These features are well beyond what the average home user needs, but as we said, this isn't intended to be a home laptop.

Outside of the serious business checklist, you get some specs that are a little more mainstream. The screen is a 14-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio affair, with a resolution of 1366 x 768. This is the sort of screen we'd actually expect to see on a home laptop, really, which we'll go into on the next page.

The Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge integrated graphics providing the grunt for the display. That's all backed up by 4GB of RAM.

Toshiba Tecra R940 1CW review

When it comes to storage, you get a 500GB hard drive, which spins at 7200rpm. This should make retrieving files slightly faster than with the 5400rpm drives you usually get in laptops, but won't offer the same performance as an SSD. You also get a DVD drive - something increasingly uncommon in thin and light laptops.

It's packed with all sorts of connectivity options too, as you might expect. An RJ45 Ethernet connection offers wired internet access, and there are two USB 3.0 ports, a multi-card reader, and VGA and DisplayPort video outputs. There's no HDMI connectivity, though.

When it comes to wireless, you're pretty well covered too, with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and even 3G mobile broadband capabilities (no 4G here, though).

Toshiba Tecra R940 1CW review

All of these features don't come cheap, though. The Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW will set you back around £1,250 (around AU$1,907/US$1,992). That's as much as a fairly high-end Ultrabook (which would be lighter) or a high-performance home laptop, and is the second-most expensive model in the Toshiba Tecra R940 series.

Initially, the Toshiba Tecra R940 does feel like it could be a premium machine. At 2kg (4.4lbs), it certainly isn't light for a 14-inch machine, but it's made out of grooved matt plastic that feels like it could be body armour for a SWAT team.

When closed, the Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW feels solid and durable. It still feels sturdy overall when opened, but we did have some build issues with the inside, which we'll go into on the Performance page of this review.

At 341 x 239 x 27.4mm, this simply isn't going to go unnoticed in your bag, the way a MacBook Air might, but it's clear that Toshiba has managed to fit a lot into the available space.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
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 TechnologyUMTS, GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA, HSPA
Product FamilyTecra R940
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Processor Modeli5-3320M
ColourGraphite Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.60 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 5.0, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
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 4.0
vPro TechnologyYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height27.4 mm
Width341 mm
Depth239 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR940
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelR940-1CW
Product NameTecra R940-1CW
Pointing Device TypeAccuPoint II, TouchPad
Product LineTecra
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT43GE-00G009EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing InformationThe Tecra range are thick-skinned work laptops that are designed to be tough, secure and to keep you always connected. Built for business people on the move, all Tecra products have built in wireless connectivity and come with the unique Toshiba EasyGuard features for added security, protection and durability.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Tecra R940-1CW
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year