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Well-priced Centrino Duo notebook

Well-priced Centrino Duo notebook

The Tecra A7 is a well-featured, desktop replacement notebook featuring Intel's Core Duo T2300 dual-core processor and a 15.4-inch screen.

It has a fairly small footprint of 360mm x 267mm x 36.8mm and weighs a light 2.8kgs, making it very mobile.

The Tecra's specifications are powerful and its price is affordable - it's the first Centrino Duo notebook to feature in the sub-$2500 notebook chart.

Performance wise, it delivered the highest scores in its price category.

Running the game Fear, it averaged 21 frames per second (fps) on high graphics settings, and 48fps when detail settings were optimised.

The Tecra's build is very sturdy and includes a spill-resistant keyboard.

Motion sensors on the hard drive are able to return the drive heads to a parked position in periods of erratic movement.

Biometric security has also been implemented through a fingerprint scanner, and the Trusted Protection Module (available on this model) can be implemented for improved security in corporate environments.

Add in Toshiba's assist management software, and you can easily manage the notebook's features.

The Tecra A7 is missing a Web cam and a built-in microphone. While these are becoming common features in notebook PCs, the Tecra A7's security and build quality make up for this omission.

Verdict: Phenomenal performance for its price, yet it still has all the features to justify it as a powerful, secure and durable business machine.

Specifications: Centrino Duo platform; Intel Core Duo T2300 CPU; ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics; Mobile Intel 945PM Chipset; 15.4-inch WXGA screen; 512MB DDR2 533MHz; 60GB hard drive; double-layer DVD burner; Ethernet; 802.11a/b/g; Parallel; Bluetooth; trackpoint and glidepad navigation; 6-in-1 media reader; TPM; biometrics; 4 x USB 2.0; FireWire; 1 x Express Card slot; 1 x PC Card slot, one-year warranty.

The product is distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data, IT Wholesale and BMS Technology. www.isd.toshiba.com.au

RRP: $2420


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