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    Thankfully, not much has changed from a design standpoint with Toshiba's newest Tecra offerings. The Tecra R940, which is the newest refresh of the 14-inch Tecra models, features an almost identical design to that of its predecessor, the R840. That means you can also expect the same exemplary build quality and ease of use that we praised about the R840. However, one major difference between our R940 review unit and the R840 and R850 units we tested is the inclusion of a discrete graphics adapter. While this certainly boosts the notebook's power under heavy graphical requirements, how does it affect another crucial aspect of successful business computing: the battery life? TOSHIBA Portege Z830 battery replacement

    Our Tecra R940-S9440 review unit features an Intel Core i7-3520M dual-core CPU paired with AMD Radeon HD 7570M graphics. This model can be purchased directly from Toshiba currently for around $1,500. As usual, throughout the course of our review, we'll be traversing the standard bevy of rigorous tests and benchmarks to get an idea of how this model stacks up against the competition. So, without delay, let's get started. TOSHIBA Portege Z835 battery replacement

    Although there exists a considerable amount of confusion surrounding the materials used by Toshiba to construct the casing of the Tecra laptops, it actually isn't magnesium alloy (as is commonly believed); that material is reserved for use only in the Portégé line. Instead, Toshiba refers to it merely as "a fiberglass reinforced chassis with honeycomb rib structure." Ultimately, it's a higher-grade variety of plastic, but it seems to do the job quite nicely. Since so little has changed since our review of the R840, it's safe to say that anyone who appreciated that design will have no qualms with this one. TOSHIBA Portege Z930 charger

    Of particular importance is the meticulous build quality. Parts fit together tightly with no exception. Owing partially to the sturdiness of the chosen construction materials, there is very little flex anywhere across the base of the unit. The only areas which experience any notable bending under pressure are those which border the keyboard on the left- and right-hand sides; and of those two, only the right-hand side (just above the optical drive) exhibits any truly significant flex. Unless the notebook is gripped and held up only from the right side, this is unlikely to be apparent under the scrutiny of typical use. The notebook is also comfortable for use on the lap. Its reasonable weight of 2.084 kg (just slightly heavier than its predecessor) combined with the rigidity of its casing puts it in the same league as such competitors as Dell's Latitude E5430 and Lenovo's ThinkPad T430. TOSHIBA Portege Z935 battery replacement

    The R940's display lid is built from the same high-grade plastic as the rest of the unit, featuring a characteristic (yet subtle) grooved pattern which is also found on the palmrest. Although this material is highly fingerprint resistant, it can't compare to the sturdiness of the metal-construction aluminum and magnesium alloy lids of the Latitudes and ThinkPads. LCD distortion results if any degree of significant pressure is applied to the lid, something which is harder to provoke in many other business-grade notebooks. Still, it's a clear step above most consumer-grade notebooks, which feature flimsy plastic display lids that hardly protect the panel in the event of an accident. TOSHIBA Satellite C800 charger

    Meanwhile, the hinges supporting the lid do a fine job. The display remains reliably cocked at whatever angle the user desires in spite of any incidental shifts in movement. About the only point of contention with the design here is the questionable durability of the shiny plastic hinge covers (meant to resemble stainless steel), which seem somewhat out of place when coupled with the rest of the notebook's construction. TOSHIBA Satellite C800D battery replacement

    The Tecra R940 provides an adequate selection of expansion ports, though the number of included USB ports (3 in total—2 of which are USB 3.0 and one of which is USB 2.0/eSATA) might seem a little restrictive. The USB 2.0/eSATA combo port also features Sleep and Charge functionality, which (optionally) enables you to charge any device attached even while the notebook is sleeping. There's also an ExpressCard 34 mm slot and a docking station port on the bottom, both of which could be used to add more ports if desired. TOSHIBA Satellite L800 charger

    The ports are crammed together puzzlingly in such a way that any attached USB devices are almost certainly guaranteed to eventually get in the way of other devices, whether it's an ExpressCard adapter or another USB device. Part of the reason for the unforgiving port positioning is the lack of ports on the rear of the notebook (which is obstructed by the display lid when open), but there is a surprising amount of wasted space on both sides of the single DisplayPort which ideally could have been repurposed to give the nearby USB ports a little more room to breathe. TOSHIBA Satellite L800D battery replacement

    On the brighter side, that single DisplayPort actually can be used (along with the adjacent VGA port and the built-in LCD) to facilitate up to four different simultaneous displays. This is a feature which many businesspeople are likely to find liberating. TOSHIBA Satellite S800 battery replacement

    Our Tecra R940 unit includes a dual-band Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 wireless adapter which supports Wi-Fi (up to 300 Mbps; 2x2 antenna configuration) and Intel Wireless Display (WiDi). Bluetooth 4.0 is also standard, though Toshiba's software warns that you should leave it off for fear of interference until it is needed. Finally, an Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection rounds out the list of available connectivity options. TOSHIBA Satellite S800D charger 


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