Toshiba Tecra A6-171

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Toshiba Tecra A6-171

Toshiba's Tecra A6 combines solid refinements and essential mobility in a budget-minded notebook. Intel Centrino Mobile Technology dramatically accele...

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Review of "Toshiba Tecra A6-171"

published 08/05/2007 | cindyhigham
Member since : 11/04/2007
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Excellent
Pro Very good spec for the money
Cons Love or hate design, Screen could be better.
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"THE GOOD THE BRILLIANT AND THE UGLY???"

I would like to share with others my opinion of my "New Toy" which I decided to purchase as an addition to my desktop.

To start with...... the price.
As with most electrical items an absolute must is to shop around before you buy. I do find the most productive way of doing this is to take advantage of the high street, e.g. PC World, Comet, Currys Etc. This enables you to actually see in person what you are buying before venturing blind into the on-line market. In general products purchased on-line are cheaper than the on the high street but there is always the risk factor of what you get looks nothing like the picture.

A classic example of on-line versus high street prices is the purchase of my Toshiba. When I checked in the shops, the average price was around £830 - £890 placing it just outside my price range. On-line I bought the same product for just under £800.

The laptop itself I would consider to be one of those "love it or hate it" designs. Certainly the A6-171 is a lot more bulky to look at than a lot of other manufacturers in terms of its height. Personally I love it.

The basic features of the laptop are as follows:

Hard drive:
The laptop comes as standard with a 100Gb hard drive. When I was shopping around, other machines in the same price range, namely Acer were providing only 80Gb. whilst you may never store this volume of data, it's there if you ever need it, better to have to much than not enough!

Processor:
The processor fitted is the higher speed Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T7200 rated at 2Ghz. I have found this to be super fast. I have run applications to compare start up times (Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro.) simultaneously on my desktop PC (running 3Ghz AMD Sempron + 1Ghz DDR II RAM) and my laptop. The difference in speed is astounding. My new laptop wins hands down for speed.
Another impressive feature was the 4Mb L2 Casche. Most machines on the market even at the higher end price range, including the likes of Sony Vaio, have an L2 Cashe of either 1 or 2Mb

Memory:
Installed as standard is 1Ghz DDR-II RAM at 533Mhz.
A real bonus with the A6-171 is that the RAM is supplied in the form of 1 stick of 1GB. The vast majority of PC / laptop manufacturers have an annoying habit of supplying memory in the form of two sets of lower memory, (E.G. 2 x 512Mb rather than 1 x 1Gb) hence using up both the available memory slots. The advantage of having just one stick supplied as with the Toshiba, is that upgrades become a lot cheaper option, without having to waste half the memory you had to start with. The A6-171 is upgradable to 4GB if required.

Optical:
Fitted as standard with DVD+/-RW. Basically my Toshiba can both read and write / burn DVD's rather than just being able to play them back.

Display:
The display is comparable to most other manufacturers. Fitted as standard is A 14.1" TFT panel. Maximum resolution is 1200 x 800. From personal experience I have found the display to be more than adequate. Appearance is nice and bright with good colour reproduction, although it does suffer a little in bright direct light. The display is not by any means in the same league as the black screens provided by Sony, but then again it is nowhere near the same price.

Operating System:
Comes pre-installed with Windows XP as standard. If you do want to upgrade to Vista, the laptop is Microsoft certified to do so.

Extra's:
Other features included are a 5 in 1 card reader. These tend to be fitted to most laptops now as standard. I have found this very useful for editing photo's from my digital camera. Instead of messing around with USB leads, I now simply remove the SD memory card from the camera and plug it strait into my laptop.
Also included is Bluetooth capability, I haven't actually used this yet but I do send downloaded games / ring tones to and from my mobile. I can now do this without having to use a separate dongle via one of the USB ports. On another plus point the laptop does have 4 USB ports where as most machines are normally equipped with 3.

Standard Features:
All the usual features that are available on 99.9% of all laptops are included such as 56Kbps modem, ethernet / Lan port and WIfi. (802.1 a/b/g).

Battery:
The battery life quoted by Toshiba is the usual "Cloud Cuckoo Land" figure of 4.2 hours. Having said that I have with average usage (internet browsing, e-mail, and photo editing via Adobe) managed to achieve around 3.5 hours usage before needing to be re-charged. I have compared this with a few of my work colleagues with various makes of laptops who have reported 2.5 - 3 hours usage tops!, so comparatively I would say this to be pretty good.

Technical Specifications:
Dimensions 34.3cm x 24.2cm x 3.8cm (WxDxH)
Weight 2.46 Kg
Display 14.1" TFT WXGA (resolution 1200x800 - 24bit)
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200 2.06 GHz
Cashe 4 MB - L2 Cache
RAM 1Gb DDR II SDRAM - 533 MHz
System Windows XP Pro SP2
(Windows Vista Premium Ready)
Hard Drive 100 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
Card reader 5 in 1
Modem Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
LAN Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Comms Bluetooth
Wifi IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g
Battery Lithium Ion up to 4.2Hrs
Warranty 12 Months (return to base)

Summary:
In general a very quick laptop, "love or hate it" design, but plenty of laptop and spec for the money.
Would I recommend it?
YES!!!!!!

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  • woodyplank published 29/01/2008
    Nice review
  • clerkkent published 26/11/2007
    Great review, very full info
  • Expired-Account published 24/11/2007
    Brilliant review, I must say I'm not a fan of the look of this one but overall sounds like a good one, has to be an E from me
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Product Information : Toshiba Tecra A6-171

Manufacturer's product description

Toshiba's Tecra A6 combines solid refinements and essential mobility in a budget-minded notebook. Intel Centrino Mobile Technology dramatically accelerates performance. It also includes a spill-resistant keyboard, designed to give you enough time to save your data and shut down the system in the event of an accidental liquid spill. The 14.1" diagonal widescreen TruBrite display delivers vivid presentations.

Product Details

Product Description: Toshiba Tecra A6-171 - 14.1" - Core 2 Duo T7200 - Win XP Pro - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Pro

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 / 2 GHz / 4 MB Cache

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 100 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 14.1" 1280 x 800 / WXGA

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g , 10/100 Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: Up to 4.2 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 34.3 cm x 24.2 cm x 3.8 cm

Weight: 2.5 kg

Localisation: United Kingdom

Windows Vista Certification: Windows Vista Premium Ready

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: PTA60E-0EJ013EN

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 / 2 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 4 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Front Side Bus: 667 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GM Express

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino Duo

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep with Dynamic Cache Sizing, Intel 64 Technology, Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost, Intel Advanced Smart Cache, Intel Dynamic Bus Parking, Intel Dynamic Power Coordination, Intel Intelligent Power Capability, Intel Smart Memory Access, Intel Wide Dynamic Execution

Memory

RAM: 1 GB ( 1 x 1 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots: 1

Storage

Main Storage: 100 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2x (DVD-R DL) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

Display

Type: 14.1"

Resolution: 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Max Allocated RAM Size: 128 MB

Sound: Stereo speakers

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Communications

Wireless: Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g

Wireless Controller: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Compliant Standards: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Features: V.92 upgradable

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time: Up to 4.2 hours

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x PC Card ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 4 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x infrared - IrDA

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Intervideo WinDVD, Toshiba Management Console, Sonic RecordNow, Toshiba ConfigFree, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Connectivity Doctor, InterVideo WinDVD Creator Platinum 2, Toshiba Bluetooth Stack, Toshiba Summit, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Norton Internet Security 2006 (90 days subscription), Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2.1, Toshiba Bluetooth Monitor

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, system password, hard drive password, power-on password

Windows Vista Certification: Windows Vista Premium Ready

Compliant Standards: CSA, UL, GOST, cUL, SASO, UL 1950, CB, FCC Part 15 B, FCC Part 68, CCC, FCC, R&TTE

Localization: United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 34.3 cm

Depth: 24.2 cm

Height: 3.8 cm

Weight: 2.5 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 80%

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