JAPANESE COMPUTER FIRM Toshiba launched a raft of business focused laptops on Monday, including its first mobile workstation, the Toshiba Tecra W50.
Designed for intensive applications and heavy duty tasks, the 15.6in Tecra W50 is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics with GDDR5 memory. There are also four memory slots for up to four 8GB DDR3L memory modules for a total of 32GB RAM.
This high performance Tecra W50 workstation system, Toshiba said, will "accelerate graphics intensive applications and help speed through detailed tasks such as video editing".
Toshiba came in to The INQUIRER office to show off the Tecra W50 ahead of the launch today, with the firm's B2B laptop product marketing manager Rob Raine claiming that it is the "lightest and the thinnest workstation on the market", weighing 2.6kg and measuring 34.9mm thick.
Toshiba said the Tecra W50 is designed to withstand the pressures of office and mobile envrionments and has undergone "Highly Accelerated Life Tests" (HALT) by TÜV Rheinland, which saw it tested against drops of up to 76cm and keyboard spill-resistance up to 30ml.
The option of a dedicated docking station opens up more ways to connect to essential peripherals as well as offering more flexibility around the office. The docking station lets users add even more ports to the Tecra W50 to extend their working environment further - whether it's to backup files onto a hard drive, connect to the network or work on multiple documents across dual screens.
The W50's non-reflective 15.6in Full HD screen has LED backlighting for a brighter and more vibrant display. It will run either Windows 7 Pro 64-bit or Windows 8 Pro 64-bit from either a HDD or SSD configuration.
The Toshiba Tecra W50 has standard WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as a full set of ports, including five USB ports, two of which are USB 3.0, and a Gigabit LAN port. There's also Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) and a Displayport for connectivity to external monitors.
The Tecra W50 will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter.
As part of the W50 launch, Toshiba also unveiled its latest range business ultrabooks, which include the new Z series family and the new Portégé R30, the successor to the Portégé R930.
Comprised of the Tecra Z30, Z30T touch edition, Tecra Z40 and Tecra Z50, all models feature the same ultrabook design, but in 13in, 14in and 15in screen sizes, respectively. Toshiba said they all feature full working day battery life, advanced security features and a common docking configuration throughout making it easy to buy right across the range.
The successor to the Portégé R930, the Portégé R30 is aimed at those who need a full performance notebook that can be used on business trips, meetings out of the office or on long haul journeys, Toshiba said. µ