Toshiba Tecra A11 review

  • £630

This laptop offers plenty of power and some other highlights, with only a couple of complaints

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Battery life
  • Usability
  • Good screen

Against

  • Cheap appearance
  • Small hard drive

Toshiba's Tecra A11-11H is quite an expensive laptop, so we were expecting great things. We certainly weren't left disappointed, with plenty of highlights to speak of, although this isn't quite a perfect machine.

The Intel Core i5 520M processor provided an excellent benchmarking score, so anyone demanding plenty of power need look no further. Multitaskers can browse the web, enjoy their music and movies, and run intensive applications all at the same time, with no noticeable slowdown in evidence.

The Tecra A11 also features Intel GMA HD integrated graphics, which is best suited to basic multimedia tasks such as browsing photos and watching movies. That's certainly all you'll manage with the Toshiba, and anyone who wants to play the latest games or edit their media will need a machine fitted with dedicated graphics instead.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 269 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 242
3DMark 2003: 3281

The 269 minutes on offer here is a good result and anyone who regularly travels should definitely consider the Toshiba, although the 2.6kg weight and bulky chassis unfortunately reduce portability.

We also disliked the cheap appearance of the Tecra A11, and the visible flex in certain areas of the chassis. However, the display does bend back to horizontal, so finding a comfortable viewing angle is easy.

Toshiba tecra a11

The screen itself is surprisingly vibrant despite the lack of a glossy Super-TFT coating. No gloss means no reflections, so anyone who wants a laptop suitable for outdoors use should consider this alongside the Asus P52F and Dell Vostro V130.

Strong usability

We found the Toshiba to be highly usable despite the cramped touchpad, thanks to the excellent firm keyboard. We enjoyed touch typing on the well-sized, tapered keys. An alternative to the touchpad is provided by the pointing stick in the centre of the keyboard, complete with two dedicated mouse buttons beneath the spacebar, although this option may prove too fiddly and sensitive for many users.

Toshiba has included a fingerprint scanner below the touchpad, as an extra layer of security.

The 250GB hard drive is a little stingy as the Hi-Grade Notino D8000i offers double the storage space, but you do get plenty of ports including VGA and DisplayPort connections for hooking up monitors or projectors.

An eSATA port allows fast data transfer with external hard drives, while one of the four USB ports offers Sleep and Charge functionality.

Despite the cheap look and feel of the chassis, the A11-11H comes recommended. Performance can't be knocked, usability is excellent and there's a strong range of features, although more storage space would have been appreciated.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.66 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyTecra A11
Processor Modeli5-520M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional Downgradable to Windows XP Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM57 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37.6 mm
Width374 mm
Depth250.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesA11
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelA11-11H
Product NameTecra A11-11H Notebook
Pointing Device TypeAccuPoint II, TouchPad
Product LineTecra
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPTSE1E-00P00FEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Toshiba Tecra A11-11H Notebook is designed for great everyday performance. It is affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Tecra A11-11H Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Windows XP Professional Recovery Media
Limited Warranty1 Year