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Toshiba releases Ivy Bridge Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 laptops

No nonsense laptops for businesses enter US market
Fri Jul 13 2012, 10:38

JAPANESE COMPUTER MAKER Toshiba has updated its range of Tecra laptops sporting Intel Ivy Bridge processors.

toshiba-tecraToshiba's Tecra line of business laptops has been the firm's staple revenue generator for the best part of two decades, and now the firm has bunged Intel's latest Ivy Bridge chips and solid-state drives (SSD) into them.

The laptop maker said its Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 not only have Ivy Bridge processors and 14in and 15.6in screens, respectively, but discrete GPUs from AMD and the ability to specify 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

As Toshiba markets its Tecra range of laptops to businesses, the company was keen to point out the durability of its latest machines, saying the range features a fibreglass shell, a honeycomb rib structure, a spill-resistant keyboard and a hard drive impact sensor. However the option to specify a 512GB SSD on a business laptop is perhaps most surprising, though it is doubtful that many enterprise buyers will take Toshiba up on it.

Carl Pinto, VP of marketing at Toshiba America's Digital Products Division said, "Toshiba has a long history of designing products for highly targeted audiences. With this new line of Tecra laptops, Toshiba has tailored its products to meet the needs of the growing small and medium sized businesses segment."

Toshiba might have made the Tecra sturdy but the price is carrying around what is now considered to be a heavy 2.4kg notebook. The Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 are available direct from Toshiba for $599. µ


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