Toshiba Tecra M2

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Toshiba Tecra M2

Designed for users who demand the greatest mobile PC experience, the Tecra M2 delivers outstanding performance, full functionality and long battery li...

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Review of "Toshiba Tecra M2"

published 12/09/2006 | stevetwatson
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"A good business laptop, at a price..."

The Toshiba Tecra M2 is aimed squarely at the business market (I'm writing this review from my work Tecra laptop!) and is a good, if not brilliant, option for the mobile business worker. The 1.6Ghz processor, 512MB memory and 40GB hard drive (on the standard model) aren't going to give you the ultimate laptop gaming experience, but this machine is aimed squarely at the business market.

For business users the main benefits are the in-built Centrino mobile processor, which avoids the need for any fiddly USB or PCMCIA card wireless add-ons and the lightweight design which makes this model particularly suitable for the busy business exec who regularly works away from the office.

The standard OS build is Windows XP Professional Edition. On top of the standard XP utilities, Toshiba have bundled some useful tools included a wireless network sniffer (Config Free), PC Health Check & Diagnostic tools, and an SD memory card manager.

The 512MB memory and 1.6Ghz processor ensure that you can run multiple business apps (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.) quite comfortably and the in-built NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 display adapter comfortably handles 1024x768 resolution and supports Nview dual screen capability, which is handy if you want to hook up to a fixed monitor when in the office.

In terms of connectivity you get only two USB ports which is one of the downsides (if you have a mouse and keyboard connected, you will have to unplug one of them if you want to e.g. plug in a USB data stick). There is a inbuilt combo DVD / CD player but whilst this supports CD +-RW, it is doesn't support record/re-record to DVD. Further slots are available for an SD card, a parallel port (for printing), a VGA port, S-Video, LAN and modem connections, but there are no PS2 ports which means you must use a USB mouse and keyboard, if you want anything better than the in-built keyboard and touchpad (even after several years of laptop use, I still cannot get the hang of touchpads!). There is no floppy drive, but then these days, memory sticks have pretty much rendered these obsolete.

The one other main gripe I have with the Tecra M2 is the keyboard, which is not the most durable - the legends tend to rub off with regular use and won't take much heavy-duty use, so keyboards thumpers beware!

All in all a pretty decent busines laptop although personally I think they are a little over-priced for what they are, but hey, my company paid for mine so I'm not complaining!

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  • Nar published 16/09/2006
    Ive just bought their M5 model and still thinking on whether it was a good viable purchase or not.
  • brereton66 published 13/09/2006
    Good review. They are very popular (as in plentiful) in my office.
  • RazzaLazza published 13/09/2006
    They're really over priced for what they are but hey, like you say - you didn't have to pay for it so its all good really! Rich
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Product Information : Toshiba Tecra M2

Manufacturer's product description

Designed for users who demand the greatest mobile PC experience, the Tecra M2 delivers outstanding performance, full functionality and long battery life in an easily portable, thin-and-light design. In addition to its new sleek design with slimming angular lines, the Tecra M2 incorporates Intel Centrino mobile technology, providing advanced power, battery optimization and wireless connectivity allowing for greater freedom to be productive in new places and in new ways.

Product Details

Product Description: Toshiba Tecra M2 - 14.1" - Pentium M 725 - Win XP Pro - 256 MB RAM - 40 GB HDD, Toshiba Tecra M2 - 14.1" - Pentium M - Win XP Pro - 256 MB RAM - 40 GB HDD

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Pro

Processor: Intel Pentium M 725 / 1.6 GHz / 2 MB Cache, Intel Pentium M 1.6 GHz / 1 MB Cache

Memory: 256 MB DDR

Storage: 40 GB HDD

Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD

Display: 14.1" 1024 x 768 / XGA

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - 64 MB DDR, NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - 64 MB

Networking: 802.11b/g , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: Up to 4.1 hours, Up to 4 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 31.4 cm x 25.9 cm x 3.5 cm

Weight: 2.3 kg

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty, 1 year warranty

General

MPN: PTM20E-4MP19-EN, PTM20E-01KK3, PTM20E-01KK3-EN

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Pentium M 725 / 1.6 GHz, Intel Pentium M 1.6 GHz

Cache: L2 - 2 MB, L2 - 1 MB

Front Side Bus: 400 MHz

Chipset: Intel 855PM

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology

Memory

RAM: 256 MB

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

Technology: DDR SDRAM

Speed: 333 MHz / PC2700

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots: 1

Storage

Main Storage: 40 GB HDD

Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - removable

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

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 24x

Write Speed: 24x

Display

Type: 14.1"

Resolution: 1024 x 768 ( XGA )

Widescreen: No

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: AGP 4x - NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - 64 MB DDR SDRAM, AGP 4x - NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 - 64 MB

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Codec: AD1981B

Compliant Standards: DirectSound, DirectSound3D, DirectMusic

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad, AccuPoint II

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b/g, 802.11b

Wireless Controller: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Features: Bluetooth ready, Bluetooth ready, dual band aerial for future 802.11a/b capability

Compliant Standards: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Installed Qty: 1

Max Supported Qty: 2

Capacity: 4400 mAh

Run Time: Up to 4.1 hours, Up to 4 hours

AC Adapter

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

Output: 75 Watt

Connections & Expansion

Expansion Bays: 1 x front accessible

Slots: 2 x memory ¦ 1 x CardBus ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator - 240 PIN docking ¦ 1 x infrared - IrDA ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output ¦ 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25) ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card ), ( SD Card )

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, InterVideo WinDVD 2000, Toshiba Management Console, Bluetooth Service Center, Drag'n Drop CD, Toshiba ConfigFree, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Connectivity Doctor

Miscellaneous

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

Compliant Standards: ACPI 1.0b, VESA DPMS

Localization: English / United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 31.4 cm

Depth: 25.9 cm

Height: 3.5 cm

Weight: 2.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty, 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years - pick-up and return, Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 80%

Max Altitude Operating: 3 km

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