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Toshiba Tecra M10-10i review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £885
inc VAT

The Tecra is a well-designed laptop for business users; for everyone else, better value laptops are available.


14 in 1,440×900 display, 2.6kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 3.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows Vista Business

Toshiba’s Tecra M10-10i is a business laptop, so it comes preinstalled with Vista Business and has a fingerprint reader and smartcard slot.

There’s even a serial port and CardBus slot for connecting older peripherals, which could be useful. As with most business laptops, the collect-and-return warranty lasts three years, which is two years longer than most of the models here. The chunky case weighs 2.6kg, which is heavier than usual for a 14in laptop. Its battery lasted almost four hours in our tests.

For cursor control, you get both a touchstick and touchpad. The touchstick’s spongy buttons don’t give enough feedback when pressed, but the touchpad’s buttons feel firmer. We loved the large and responsive keyboard, though. It’s very comfortable to type on and is one of the best of any laptop here.

The 14in screen’s matt finish means it’s not as bright as most glossy screens, but it’s by no means dim and text remains perfectly legible when brightness is reduced to conserve battery life. Viewing angles are fairly tight and whites aren’t particularly pure, but these are minor quibbles. The 1,440×900-pixel resolution is large for a 14in display, and is better than 1,280×800 screens when you need to edit Excel spreadsheets, for example.

As expected, the Tecra’s integrated Intel graphics chip isn’t powerful enough for gaming, but it fared well in our Windows benchmarks. Its 3GB of RAM and 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor did particularly well in our multitasking test. The 250GB hard disk is a little small at this price, but is more than enough for storing lots of office documents.

Bluetooth, Draft-N WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet are built in, but there’s no webcam, so you’ll have to buy an external USB camera if you want to use Skype or Windows Messenger for video chats. The memory card reader, which supports SDHC and Memory Stick, is always a welcome inclusion.

The Tecra is a good buy if you want its lengthy warranty or business features. If you don’t, the other more generously specified laptops here are better value.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Processor clock speed 2.53GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 43x337x246
Weight 2.6kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad, touchstick
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 22W
Power consumption active 41W


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 250GB
Optical drive model Teac DV-W28S-RT
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Total Firewire ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots 1x CardBus
Modem Yes
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
Other ports 1x smartcard slot


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows Vista Business
Operating system restore option restore partition, restore disc
Software included Toshiba Disc Creator, Toshiba DVD Player 3.1, Windows XP Professional Edition
Optional extras port replicator £145, six cell battery £90, nine cell battery £100, twelve cell battery £110, dual battery charger £200, spare power adapter £55, car power adapter £60

Buying Information

Warranty three years collect and return
Price £885

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