It's an autumn thing. Around this time every year, give or take a bit, Toshiba unveils its latest business laptop line-up, with new models and spec-boosted upgrades across the board.
For those unfamiliar with Toshiba's trio of business notebook families, we have:
- the Portégé series of stylish ultraportables, such as slim and light Ultrabooks and convertible 2-in-1 devices
- the Satellite Pro: still thin and light, but built with an eye on the bottom line of affordability
- the Tecra range of muscle-bound 'desktop-replacement' laptops, geared to be rolled out as a fleet in medium-to-large organisations where desktop docking stations and security are high on the list.
Standard features across all three skews include Intel's latest sixth-generation Core i5 and i7 chips; spill-resistant keyboards; identical AC adaptors and port replicators to previous models; and 'Sleep-and-Charge' USB ports which can recharge a tablet or smartphone even when the notebook itself is switched off or in sleep mode.
Here are some highlights from Toshiba's 'Fall 2016' laptop line.
The 12.5-inch Portégé Z20T (above) keeps its appealing '2-in-1 Ultrabook' form and insane 19 hours battery life (in notebook mode) but along with sixth-gen Intel powerplants this revamp includes the high-speed USB Type-C connector with up to 16Gb of RAM for heavy-duty app overhead and 512GB of SSD storage. Prices start at $2,255.
Its larger sibling, the Portégé R30 13.3-incher (above), is some 27% thinner than the previous edition and has full desktop docking capabilities, with up to 13 hours battery life and your choice of a 500GB (7200rpm) hard drive or 128GB/256GB solid state drive, priced from a budget-friendly $1,485.
The Satellite Pro R50 (above) is more of your big-screen road buddy, with a 15.6 inch display, full-size keyboard with numeric keypad and – increasingly rare these days – an inbuilt CD/DVD drive for both playing and burning discs on the go. The basic spec R50 kicks off from $1,210.
Toshiba is also tempting road warriors with two top-shelf Ultrabooks: the 14 inch Tecra Z40 (above, from $1,980) and 15.6 inch Tecra Z50 (from$2,090) with up to eight hours' battery life and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband.
The really serious stuff? That's the domain of the Tecra A40 (a 14 incher, from $1,375) and the Tecra A50 (above, a 15.6 inch from $1,430) which both sport a docking port and Toshiba's Tecra-standard 'High Speed Port Replicator' with selected models packing a fingerprint reader for added security on the go.
For more details, click through to mytoshiba.com.au.
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