Toshiba innovates with a robust mobile workstation
If there is one area where we did not expect Toshiba, it is that of the mobile workstation. This area is most notably occupied by three major players such as HP, Lenovo and Dell. In fact, the Tecra W50 is positioned as direct competitor of HP Zbook 15, the Dell Precision Workstation M4800 and the Thinkpad W540. The Tecra W50 is a portable 15-inch targeting users who value performance, build quality, scalability and extended warranty options. This machine sets the tone when opening it : its sturdy frame reassures, with a choice of thick textured plastics and thick exposed steel hinges.
A rich and consistent equipment
The equipment is consistent with its positioning. It is powered by a powerful Intel Core Quad i7-4800MQ heart, 32 GB of GDDR5 memory, a 1TB drive and an NVIDIA Quadro K2100M graphics card. The full HD IPS pre-calibrated screen is excellent. The equipment includes a DVD burner, an HD webcam with microphone, a card reader and Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, DisplayPort, VGA, audio, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports 2Two and three USB 2.0 ports. And if it were not enough, the High-Speed Port Replicator III adds DVI-D and HDMI video outputs.
The Toshiba Tecra W50 has a very complete safety equipment. Besides the usual password, Toshiba provides security applications to manage the integrated fingerprint reader, a Trusted Platform Module 1.2 chip dedicated to data encryption, a SmartCard reader and Computrace monitoring for theft. A fall sensor stops the hard drive in case of a fall detection to avoid data loss. The W50 also features a splash-resistant keyboard and a shockproof chassis, providing sturdiness enough to withstand drops from a height of 76 cm without damage. A Kensington Lock is of course included, anchored on one of its thick steel hinges.
The standard warranty is one year. It can however be extended to three years for a small fee (one hundred euros) provided it is subscribed within thirty days of purchase. The price of Tecra W50 is 2900 €.
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