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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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.
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.
Summary: Its size, weight and average battery life mean the Tecra A11 is not ideal for frequent use on the move and the absence of vPro for remote management may limit its interest to larger enterprises. Its low resolution screen is also a potentially limiting factor.