Conclusion: The Toshiba Tecra A11 is a cheap business notebook, which does what it is exactly intended for. The display has a matt covering and offers good brightness levels. The design is conservative and there are more than enough ports. Plus the keyboard is sturdy and well-designed. The system noise emission and the surface temperatures are well under control.
Pros: Very good keyboard, Surface temperature stays very low, Toshiba Software (especially the TosReelTime), The reliable and waterproof keyboard in the traditional Toshiba "chocolate style" design.
Cons: Moderate battery life, Pre-installed bloatware, Old-fashioned design, A higher-resolution display and a bigger battery.
Summary: In the Tecra A11, Toshiba has created a very capable and affordable system for business users. For $1,349, you get a powerful processor, Nvidia graphics, and a high-resolution screen—but atrocious battery life. However, this laptop is loaded with useful productivity features (such as the ability to create a hotspot on the fly), security utilities like Secure Digital Token, and a three-year warranty.
Pros: Strong performance, Sharp high-res display, Long warranty, Good business and security features, ,
Cons: Very short battery life, Limited viewing angles, Tinny speakers, ,
Excerpt: Toshiba's Tecra Series of laptops have traditionally been marketed as high-performance business laptops, designed to be capable of handling demanding tasks. Earlier this year, Toshiba announced the Tecra A11. The new Tecra A11 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and features a 10-key numeric keypad. Designed as a desktop replacement, the Tecra A11 offers the new 2010 Intel Core processor family and a high-resolution widescreen 15.6-inch display.
Conclusion: We put the A11-S3540 through our regular battery of benchmarks, both in Windows XP (as it came shipped to us) and in Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, noting no significant differences between the two environments beyond the fact that PCMark Vantage doesn't run in XP. Running Cinebench 11.5 's CPU test, the Tecra was able to render the sample scene in 2 minutes and 45 seconds, posting a score of 2.45. And in PCMark Vantage, the Tecra posted an impressive score of 7,285.
Summary: In the Tecra A11, Toshiba has created a very capable and affordable system for small business users. For $879, you get a fairly powerful processor, useful productivity features (such as the ability to create a hotspot on the fly), and budget-minded security utilities like Secure Digital Token. And if all that fails, Toshiba’s three-year warranty is very reassuring.
Pros: Long warranty, Good business and security features, Strong performance,
Cons: Limited viewing angles, Tinny speakers, Not the best bargain,