Toshiba’s Tecra vary provides good computing energy in a comparatively light-weight, travel-friendly format. This combine does not come low-cost, however with a beginning worth of £999 (ex. VAT) for laptops within the 14-inch Tecra X40 vary, Toshiba is competing with top-tier distributors like Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Microsoft out there for what’s arguably the best compromise display screen dimension for actual property versus portability.
The Tecra X40-D is a conventional-looking laptop computer with little in the way in which of new-fangled design options to disturb the extra cautious cellular professionals. So, for instance, the display screen does not rotate however pushes again to a standard stopping angle of about 157 levels. The lid is a slate-grey expanse with a barely discernible linear marking and the Toshiba emblem discreetly positioned in a single nook.
Open up and there is extra gray, and simply a few slivers of silver. One is across the energy button that sits high proper of the keyboard and one other frames the underside of the touchpad.
As ever with Toshiba, the lid has a good quantity of flex, so a protecting sleeve is prone to be required when travelling. Having mentioned that, Toshiba says the Tecra X40 meets MIL STD 810G, with its magnesium chassis incorporating a honeycomb design that provides to its bodily energy.
Producing a light-weight 14-inch laptop computer is not the best factor to do, however Toshiba has saved the load of the Tecra X40-D all the way down to 1.25kg, which is completely acceptable.
Dimension is affordable too, the Tecra X40-D measuring 332mm broad by 228.9mm by 16.9mm — however Toshiba might have performed higher in locations. For instance, the display screen bezels measure about 10mm to the facet and round 20mm high and backside. These might simply have been trimmed with out compromising the width accessible to the keyboard.
The display screen has a very matte end and is a pleasure to work with for probably the most half, though horizontal viewing angles, high brightness, and vibrancy might all enhance.
My evaluate mannequin, which is the top-spec of the three presently accessible on Toshiba’s UK web site, had a touchscreen with full-HD decision (1,920 by 1,080 pixels). This decision is shared by the mid-range mannequin, whereas the entry-level possibility drops to 1,366 by 768 pixels. So, the display screen isn’t any match for the likes of the Lenovo Yoga 910, whose (reflective however shiny and vibrant) 13.9-inch display screen provides three,840 by 2,160 pixels. Larger resolutions aren’t at all times higher, after all, and specifically can impose a drain on battery life.
The backlit keyboard is a pleasure to make use of — bouncy and responsive, with giant, clearly marked keys — and I had no issues reaching my normal contact typing velocity. Toshiba’s attribute AccuPoint stick sits between the G, H, and B keys and can be utilized with a pair of additional buttons below the slim spacebar. The entire association works properly, my one criticism being that there is not any standing mild indicating when the touchpad is disabled.
Toshiba makes use of a brand new hybrid air cooling system within the Tecra X40. This has two inlets to drag air in. When the fan activated, twin vents positioned on the again fringe of the bottom push out a good quantity of sizzling air. Their positioning is a bit awkward: they’re considerably blocked by the lid, and the realm behind the keyboard turns into heat, as does the again of the bottom — though to a a lot lesser extent.
There are many safety features to maintain enterprise customers completely satisfied, together with an IR-based digital camera for facial recognition by way of Home windows Hi there, a fingerprint reader constructed into the wrist relaxation, and a wise card slot.
There are three off-the-shelf configurations on Toshiba’s UK website, every with some variance in core specs. Principally the extra you pay the extra RAM and bigger exhausting drive you get, and above the entry mannequin there’s additionally a touchscreen. My evaluate unit was the top-of-the-range Tecra X40-D-10H.
- Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM Home windows 10 Professional, 14-inch 1,366 x 768 non-touch display screen, 128GB SSD, 802ac+agn wi-fi, Bluetooth four.2
Tecra X40-D-10Z, £999 (ex. VAT)
- Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM Home windows 10 Professional, 14.zero inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen, 256GB SSD, 802ac+agn wi-fi, Bluetooth four.2
Tecra X40-D-10G, £1,179 (ex. VAT)
- Intel Core i7-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, 16GB RAM Home windows 10 Professional, 14.zero inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen, 512GB SSD, 802ac+agn wi-fi, Bluetooth four.2
Tecra X40-D-10H, £1,479 (ex. VAT)
There’s a good collection of ports and connectors. For a very long time Toshiba even included a legacy VGA connector in its enterprise laptops, however this has now disappeared within the pursuits of thinness. Nevertheless the system’s twin USB-C ports can assist a VGA adapter. There are additionally full-size HDMI and USB three.zero ports, plus a three.5mm headset jack.
Each of the USB-C ports can be utilized to cost the Tecra X40, and the presence of a MicroSD card slot is one other welcome characteristic. The Harman Kardon audio system ship fairly good high quality sound, though, as standard, extra bass could be welcome.
Toshiba claims as much as 11.5 hours for the Tecra X40-D’s three-cell li-ion battery, however it’s uncertain that will probably be realised with real-world workloads. For instance, one session involving net looking, doc creation, media streaming, spreadsheet work and Skype communication depleted the battery from 100 p.c to 50 p.c in three.5 hours, with the display screen at 75 p.c brightness. By that reckoning a regular eight-hour day’s work may very well be achievable, however not far more.
There’s nothing modern or showy about Toshiba’s Tecra X40-D. As a substitute we’ve a succesful, well-featured laptop computer that is mild sufficient to tote round. The keyboard is a pleasure to make use of and the matte display screen is straightforward on the attention. The copious safety features will please company patrons, and the battery ought to — nearly — get cellular professionals by way of a day’s work when referred to as upon to take action.