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Toshiba Tecra R10 review

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Price when reviewed : £947
inc VAT


14.1 in 1,280×800 display, 2.0kg, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P9300, 2.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows Vista Business

Toshiba’s R10 is a business laptop with a 14in screen.

It weighs just under 2kg, which is the upper limit of what we consider ultra-portable. To achieve such a low weight, Toshiba has made sacrifices. The lid is thin and flexes under pressure. It isn’t the sturdiest casing we’ve felt, although overall build quality is good.

Its smooth brushed-aluminium lid has a curved lip that makes it easy to open. The lid is designed so you can still see the indicator lights along the front edge, placed just below the touch pad. The sloped lower edge makes it more comfortable to use the touch pad buttons. These are narrow, but set deeper than they need to be and leave little room for the pad. This is small, but pleasingly responsive.

With enough width for a decent-sized keyboard, it’s disappointing that Toshiba has squeezed in a panel on the left of the keyboard for the power button and two short cut buttons. This means some keys are narrower than they should be. The keyboard has a light touch and good feedback, but touch-typists will find the left shift key awkward, and we occasionally hit the small Page Up or Page Down keys instead of the right shift key.

The 160GB hard disk is smaller than we’d like. Still, for a business laptop that won’t need to hold lots of videos or photos, it’s adequate. A meagre three USB ports is also a let-down, with one of these doubling as an eSATA port.

The R10 didn’t score as highly in our application benchmarks as Lenovo’s T500, but it’s far quicker than any cut-price netbook. Battery life is good, too; it lasted for almost four and-a-half hours in our light-use tests. Compared to similarly sized business laptops, this is a commendable length of time and sufficient for regular mobile work.

The R10’s screen has a matt finish that reduces glare from overhead lights; this makes it ideal for both offices and airports. However, it does slightly dull the effect of vibrant colours. Backlighting is consistent across the whole display, and the 1,280×800 resolution looks a lot less cramped here than on the usual 12.1in ultra-portable displays.

It’s not cheap, especially compared to the latest range of netbooks, but the R10 could be a tempting proposition for some thanks to its 14in screen, DVD writer and decent battery life in a package weighing just under 2kg. It also comes with a three-year international warranty.

However, Dell’s slightly heavier Inspiron 1318 is a better choice for most people. It has similar specifications and battery life, and while the screen is smaller, its resolution is the same as the R10’s. At just £440, the 1318 makes the R10 look very overpriced.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P9300
Processor clock speed 2.26GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 337x252x31mm
Weight 2.0kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 18W
Power consumption active 36W


Viewable size 14.1 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 160GB
Optical drive model Matshita UJ862AS
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem No
Supported memory cards SD
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Windows Vista Business
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year international
Price £947

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