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Toshiba Tecra M10-11V review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £746
inc VAT


14 in 1,440×900 display, 2.4kg, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 2.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows Vista Business (Windows XP Professional restore disc)

The Tecra M10-11V is the only business laptop here.

It has a thick, square case with a plain metallic finish. It’s not the lightest laptop here, but at 2.4kg it won’t be too much of a chore to carry. Its light-usage battery life of almost four hours is good enough for a fair amount of work away from a power socket.

The laptop comes with Windows Vista Business installed, which affects the benchmark results slightly as this operating system lacks the MPEG2 codec required by one of our tests. The result is an Overall PCMark Vantage score that’s almost 25 per cent slower than that of Dell’s Studio XPS 13, which has the same 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor. The discrepancy is also due to the Tecra’s 2GB of RAM, which is disappointing at this price. It’s also a shame that it comes with a 160GB hard disk, while most of the laptops here have at least 250GB drives.

The onboard Intel GMA4500HD graphics managed only 5.2fps in Call of Duty 4, so 3D gaming isn’t an option with this laptop.

The 14.4in widescreen display has a high resolution of 1,440×900, which provides plenty of desktop space. Its matt finish makes the screen easy to see in all but the brightest conditions, but colours look slightly dull.

The full-sized keyboard and standard layout make touch typing easy, and we liked the addition of a touchstick as well as a touchpad. Sadly, the touchpad is small and tricky to use, and its buttons sit flush with the case, making them hard to locate by touch.

The M10-11V has an eSATA port, four USB ports and support for FireWire, Draft-N wireless and Bluetooth, so it’s reasonably well prepared for modern peripherals. There’s even a built-in 3G modem, although you’ll need to provide your own SIM. It has a PC Card slot rather than a newer ExpressCard slot.

It’s well built and comfortable to use, but the Tecra M10-11V’s small hard disk and 2GB of RAM mean that Dell’s Studio XPS 13 is much better value.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Processor clock speed 2.26GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 38x337x245mm
Weight 2.4kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad, touch stick
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 20W
Power consumption active 45W


Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,440×900
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 160GB
Optical drive model Teac DV-W285-RT
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Total Firewire ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/b/g, HSDPA, HSUPA
PC Card slots 1x PC Card Type II
Modem Yes
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Windows Vista Business (Windows XP Professional restore disc)
Operating system restore option restore partition, restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £746

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