Toshiba's New Thin and Light Laptops are All Business

Paul Lilly

Toshiba claims it went back to the drawing board and re-engineered from the ground up a new range of thin, light, and highly-durable business laptops. These high-performance oriented models include the Tecra and Portege lines, both of which Toshiba says are the thinnest business notebooks the company has ever made.

"Our new business laptops build on the success of our award-winning Portege R700 ultraportable laptop, providing professionals what they need and want – the performance needed to handle demanding business tasks in lightweight and durable designs," said Carl Pinto , vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We focused on delivering what our customers asked for by reducing weight, increasing battery life and without sacrificing performance."

Specs vary by model, but all of the new laptop models sport a 2nd generation Intel Core processor, 7200RPM hard drive or 128GB SSD, optional Radeon discrete graphics with 1GB of video memory, USB 3.0, eSATA/USB combo, USB Sleep & Charge technology, DisplayPort or HDMI, ExpressCard, Gigabit Ethernet, and docking connectors.

The 14-inch Tecra 840 also boasts an LED-backlit display and is about 25 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Tecra M11. Meanwhile, the 15.6-inch Tecra 850 features a built-in numpad, weighs 5.3 pounds, and is about 19 percent thinner and 6 percent lighter than the Tecra 11. Finally, the Portege R830 measures 13.3-inches and is a full-performance ultraportable with an integrated DVD drive. The R830 weighs just 3.1 pounds and measures about an inch thin, Toshiba says.

The Tecra R840 ($899 to $1,479), Tecra R850 ($879 to $1,399), and Portege R830 ($1,049 to $1,649) are available now.

Image Credit: Toshiba

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