Toshiba – Tecra R10 review

decent notebook with 14.1-inch screen
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£899 + VAT (for base model)

Toshiba’s Tecra R10 series of laptops comprises several variants. All are small format devices designed for portability. Prices range from £899 (plus VAT) right up to £1,549 (plus VAT), depending on the specifications you choose. At the higher price you get the fastest processor choices and a 128MB solid state hard drive (SSD), while physical hard drive options run to 160GB and 200GB.

The Tecra R10 has a 14.1-inch screen that offers 1280 x 800 pixels. It has very good viewing angles. The screen size dictates that this is a fairly sizeable notebook at 337 x 252 x 28.7-30.6mm. It weighs 1.97kg.

The build is fairly solid, though we did note some flex in the lid section. The lid itself is slightly shorter than the base, giving a distinctive look at the front of the notebook and allowing the status lights, which are positioned at the front of the laptop, to be visible even when the lid is closed.

The keyboard is spill resistant. It exhibits quite a lot of flex, which we noticed even though we are fairly light typists. Heavier typists might find it is a bit too flexible for their taste. The touchpad incorporates vertical and horizontal scrolling, and between the mouse buttons is a fingerprint sensor.

There is also a VGA resolution webcam above the screen. You can use the camera for face recognition login to the notebook as well as for video calling, and for shooting stills and video.

Connectivity runs to Wi-Fi with a, b, g and Draft-N support, plus Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. It is unfortunate that there are only two dedicated USB ports, though a third eSATA/USB combo port is also present.

The sides of the casing also house an ExpressCard slot and an SD card slot. Both of these slots are fiddly to get at, the latter falling foul of the inward curve of the front edge of the casing. We found we needed to lift the notebook slightly to get at them.

The more expensive iterations in the range also include built-in support for HSDPA mobile data communications. By default this notebook runs Windows Vista Business, though there is a ‘downgrade’ to Windows XP provided on a recovery disc.

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Verdict
The Tecra R10 is a serviceable enough notebook, but it lacks the panache that some of its competitors offer. If you are desperate for solid state storage and built-in mobile broadband, it will cost a pretty penny.