Friday, July 1, 2011

Toshiba Tecra R850-11P

Communicative. In its press release about the Tecra R850-11P, Toshiba paints its latest creation for the business sector as a paragon of mobility and high-performance. The Japanese manufacturer is setting the bar pretty high for itself; we put the notebook to the test in our review.

At the end of April Toshiba announced, all in one go, that it would be bringing out new models for every series of its business notebooks. As well as the model we are testing here, the Tecra R850-11P, Toshiba also introduced the 14-inch Tecra R840-11E notebook and the 15-inch Tecra A11-1HZ, for example. An integrated high speed 3G HSPA module has been included in the R850 series for the first time. The latest model should be even faster than before, with a second-generation Intel Core i5-2410M processor whose speed is 2.30 GHz or 2.90 GHz with Turbo. The Tecra R850-10W only had the Intel Core i3-2310M processor (2.10 GHz).

Underneath the laptop’s keyboard is the relatively new Intel Core i5 2410M processor. The dual-core, mid-range processor comes with a base speed of 2.3 GHz. Using Turbo Boost the speed with only one core can be raised to 2.9 GHz. Two cores can be dialed up to 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost. This all happens entirely automatically, without any input from the user. In this way, the Intel Sandy Bridge processor constantly matches its performance to the workload.

The Intel HD Graphics 3000 card is built directly into the CPU. It is DirectX 10 capable and reaches speeds of 350 to 650 MHz depending on demand. It also shares the level 3 cache (3 MB) with the processor. The RAM consists of a solid 4 GB of DDR3 memory. This could be upgraded to up to 8 GB if necessary.

We tested the CPU performance using the Cinebench benchmarking tool. While not absolutely top-of-the-range, the Intel Core i5-2410M processor definitely impressed us. In the 32-Bit version of the Cinebench R10 multicore rendering test we reached a score of 7,643 points. By way of comparison, the Dell Latitude E6520 (i5-2540M) scored 9,154 points. In the 64-Bit version of the same test, the Tecra R850-11P scored 9,469. So optimized programs can certainly benefit from a 64-Bit system.

Specifications Toshiba Tecra R850-11P :
  • Processor : Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel HM65
  • Memory : 4096 MB
  • Graphics adapter : Intel HD Graphics 3000, DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1,
  • Display : 15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, TOS5091, LED, glossy: no
  • Harddisk : Hitachi HTS725050A9A, 500GB 7200rpm
  • Soundcard : Realtek ALC269 @ Intel 82801GBM - High Definition Audio Controller
  • Connections : 1 Express Card 34mm, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Headphone/ microphone port, Card Reader: Memory Stick (MS),MS PRO,MMC,SD,SDHC,miniSD,microSD,xD, 0 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
  • Networking : Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter (bgn), Bluetooth 3.0 + HS Bluetooth, HSPA/UMTS at 2100 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad band at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Optical drive : Matshita DVD-RAM UJE844S
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 25.4 x 379 x 252
  • Weight : 2.5 kg
  • Battery : Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
  • Price : 1200 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: VGA Webcam, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, 24 Months Warranty.

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