Toshiba Tecra R940 review

A business laptop with plenty of decent features

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The Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW presents itself with all the trappings of being the complete business laptop. It's packed with specialist hardware and software, much of which is slightly vestigial for most users.

Its comprehensiveness is its main selling point, but it comes at the cost of usability. For some, this trade-off will be necessary, but the end result is a laptop that's a little bulky, has some build quality issues and underperforms in several key areas.

We liked

As we said, the Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW is nothing if not feature-packed. Intel vPro support, a fingerprint scanner, hard drive encryption, VGA and DisplayPort outputs, an optical drive, an ExpressCard slot and eSATA are all here. Yes, including them all seems to compromise the laptop, but their inclusion is good.

The outer build quality is also good - we like the grooved design on the lid and it feels solid when closed.

We disliked

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A lot of our problems with the Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW stem from its price. The performance isn't too bad, but we've seen better for £1,250 (around AU$1,907/US$1,992).

The screen would be pretty standard on a low-end Ultrabook, but this is several hundred pounds more than the low end. The inner build quality could be forgiven on a cheaper laptop, but not for this price. Ditto to the trackpad being so basic.

The battery life is probably the worst of these, though. A modern business machine is more than capable of running all day - we've seen it on plenty of thin and light laptops - but this falls badly short.

Final verdict

The Toshiba Tecra R940-1CW is packed with business features, and if you just can't do without them, it's a reasonable choice.

But ask yourself if you really need fingerprint security, Intel vPro features and a trackpoint. For many business users, usability, speed and battery life are the most important things, and for this amount of money, a high-end Ultrabook - such as the Asus Zenbook Prime - is perhaps a better choice.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA, HSPA
Product FamilyTecra R940
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Processor Modeli5-3320M
ColourGraphite Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.99 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR 5.0, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height27.4 mm
Width341 mm
Depth239 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR940
Product ModelR940-1CW
Product NameTecra R940-1CW
Pointing Device TypeAccuPoint II, TouchPad
Product LineTecra
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT43GE-00G009EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe Tecra range are thick-skinned work laptops that are designed to be tough, secure and to keep you always connected. Built for business people on the move, all Tecra products have built in wireless connectivity and come with the unique Toshiba EasyGuard features for added security, protection and durability.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Tecra R940-1CW
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year