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Toshiba Tecra M10-10i review

Alan Lu
7 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
885
inc VAT

The Tecra is a well-designed laptop for business users; for everyone else, better value laptops are available.

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Specifications

14 in 1,440x900 display, 2.6kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 3.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows Vista Business

Toshiba's Tecra M10-10i is a business laptop, so it comes preinstalled with Vista Business and has a fingerprint reader and smartcard slot.

There's even a serial port and CardBus slot for connecting older peripherals, which could be useful. As with most business laptops, the collect-and-return warranty lasts three years, which is two years longer than most of the models here. The chunky case weighs 2.6kg, which is heavier than usual for a 14in laptop. Its battery lasted almost four hours in our tests.

For cursor control, you get both a touchstick and touchpad. The touchstick's spongy buttons don't give enough feedback when pressed, but the touchpad's buttons feel firmer. We loved the large and responsive keyboard, though. It's very comfortable to type on and is one of the best of any laptop here.

The 14in screen's matt finish means it's not as bright as most glossy screens, but it's by no means dim and text remains perfectly legible when brightness is reduced to conserve battery life. Viewing angles are fairly tight and whites aren't particularly pure, but these are minor quibbles. The 1,440x900-pixel resolution is large for a 14in display, and is better than 1,280x800 screens when you need to edit Excel spreadsheets, for example.

As expected, the Tecra's integrated Intel graphics chip isn't powerful enough for gaming, but it fared well in our Windows benchmarks. Its 3GB of RAM and 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor did particularly well in our multitasking test. The 250GB hard disk is a little small at this price, but is more than enough for storing lots of office documents.

Bluetooth, Draft-N WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet are built in, but there's no webcam, so you'll have to buy an external USB camera if you want to use Skype or Windows Messenger for video chats. The memory card reader, which supports SDHC and Memory Stick, is always a welcome inclusion.

The Tecra is a good buy if you want its lengthy warranty or business features. If you don't, the other more generously specified laptops here are better value.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T9400
Processor clock speed2.53GHz
Memory3.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
Size43x337x246
Weight2.6kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad, touchstick
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle22W
Power consumption active41W

Display

Viewable size14 in
Native resolution1,440x900
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity250GB
Optical drive modelTeac DV-W28S-RT
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Total Firewire ports1
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x CardBus
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
Other ports1x smartcard slot

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Business
Operating system restore optionrestore partition, restore disc
Software includedToshiba Disc Creator 2.0.1.3, Toshiba DVD Player 3.1, Windows XP Professional Edition
Optional extrasport replicator £145, six cell battery £90, nine cell battery £100, twelve cell battery £110, dual battery charger £200, spare power adapter £55, car power adapter £60

Buying Information

Warrantythree years collect and return
Price£885
Detailshttp://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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