Toshiba Tecra A11 review

Lots of elements make up a good laptop: powerful performance, long battery life and the screen. The Toshiba A11 laptop from its Tecra business range and is a Windows 7 computer with one of the best screens we’ve seen.

 

Shiny screen coatings are becoming increasingly popular these days, but while they provide better colour reproduction they’re also very reflective in bright light. This means under strip lighting or outdoors irritating reflections often make the panels hard to read, and you end up constantly re-adjusting the screen for a better viewing angle.

 

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More on Toshiba laptops

– Toshiba Satellite A500 review

– Toshiba P500 preview and video

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Toshiba has employed a standard TFT screen coating which produces almost no reflections at all, and makes viewing a pleasure. The large 15.6-inch screen features a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, and while it can’t compete with full HD displays, it is perfectly detailed enough for reading documents and other office applications.

 

The laptop also features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, and while some may bemoan the height screens with a taller aspect ratio give, we like that the extra width; it makes it easier to view spreadsheets and other office applications side by side.

 

Under the hood

 

Elsewhere the laptop features some cutting edge components including an Intel Core i5 processor, but we’d expect more memory than 2GB for the money. Nevertheless, the laptop impressed in our performance tests and will make short work of most everyday business  tasks.

 

In keeping with many business laptops, the design is a bit dull, although the mottled pattern employed on the lid and chassis is attractive enough in  a low-key kind of way and also provides good durability, without attracting the fingerprints and dust that shinier laptops do.

 

Ease of use

 

We’re not keen on the way the keyboard is mounted into the chassis, which as a result feels a little spongy, reducing the usability somewhat. As well as the standard touchpad, a pointing stick is found in the centre of the keyboard, and although it takes time to get familiar with, it’s a nice touch.

 

Portability isn’t the Toshiba’s strongest point, and although the 285 minute battery life is decent enough, it’s no match for the Asus UL30. The machine weighs in at 2.6kg which will make lugging it around a bit of a pain, compared to the Sony Vaio Z series. The 250GB hard drive isn’t massive, but provides plenty of space for files and folders, and also music, photo and music libraries.

 

Connectivity is decent, with 802.11n Wi-Fi on board and there’s miniDisplay port, three USBs and even a serial port for hooking up to older legacy devices such as printers and scanners.

 

The Toshiba Tecra A11 stands out thanks to its fantastic screen; there’s no irritating reflections to deal with, and the widescreen aspect ratio makes multitasking lots of applications a pleasure.

 

Link: Toshiba

Lots of elements make up a good laptop: powerful performance, long battery life and the screen. The Toshiba A11 laptop from its Tecra business range and is a Windows 7 computer with one of the best screens we’ve seen.

 

Shiny screen coatings are becoming increasingly popular these days, but while they provide better colour reproduction they’re also very reflective in bright light. This means under strip lighting or outdoors irritating reflections often make the panels hard to read, and you end up constantly re-adjusting the screen for a better viewing angle.

 

————————————————-

More on Toshiba laptops

– Toshiba Satellite A500 review

– Toshiba P500 preview and video

————————————————–

 

Toshiba has employed a standard TFT screen coating which produces almost no reflections at all, and makes viewing a pleasure. The large 15.6-inch screen features a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, and while it can’t compete with full HD displays, it is perfectly detailed enough for reading documents and other office applications.

 

The laptop also features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, and while some may bemoan the height screens with a taller aspect ratio give, we like that the extra width; it makes it easier to view spreadsheets and other office applications side by side.

 

Under the hood

 

Elsewhere the laptop features some cutting edge components including an Intel Core i5 processor, but we’d expect more memory than 2GB for the money. Nevertheless, the laptop impressed in our performance tests and will make short work of most everyday business  tasks.

 

In keeping with many business laptops, the design is a bit dull, although the mottled pattern employed on the lid and chassis is attractive enough in  a low-key kind of way and also provides good durability, without attracting the fingerprints and dust that shinier laptops do.

 

Ease of use

 

We’re not keen on the way the keyboard is mounted into the chassis, which as a result feels a little spongy, reducing the usability somewhat. As well as the standard touchpad, a pointing stick is found in the centre of the keyboard, and although it takes time to get familiar with, it’s a nice touch.

 

Portability isn’t the Toshiba’s strongest point, and although the 285 minute battery life is decent enough, it’s no match for the Asus UL30. The machine weighs in at 2.6kg which will make lugging it around a bit of a pain, compared to the Sony Vaio Z series. The 250GB hard drive isn’t massive, but provides plenty of space for files and folders, and also music, photo and music libraries.

 

Connectivity is decent, with 802.11n Wi-Fi on board and there’s miniDisplay port, three USBs and even a serial port for hooking up to older legacy devices such as printers and scanners.

 

The Toshiba Tecra A11 stands out thanks to its fantastic screen; there’s no irritating reflections to deal with, and the widescreen aspect ratio makes multitasking lots of applications a pleasure.

 

Link: Toshiba

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