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Toshiba launches value-packed Tecra A2 series notebooks for small business

  • 16 June, 2004 09:53

<p>Toshiba launches value-packed Tecra A2 series notebooks for small business</p>
<p>Combination of features, performance and price provides resellers with a new benchmark in desktop replacement notebooks</p>
<p>Sydney, 16 June 2004 – Australia’s mobile computing leader, Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited, Information Systems Division (ISD) today introduced the Tecra A2, a new value notebook series for small to medium sized businesses (SMB). With extended battery life, high performance processing power and integrated SuperMulti DVD drives, the Tecra A2 offers the latest technology at exceptional value. The Tecra A2 series will have a regular product refresh so Toshiba resellers will always be able to offer the latest technology at prices designed for small business.</p>
<p>Features and software bundled for best value offering</p>
<p>The Tecra A2’s combination of features and price makes it a compelling product for channel partners that service value-conscious business buyers. Toshiba is offering the Tecra A2 with three optional bundle packages – a choice of various software and peripherals including Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Microsoft Office OneNote®, MYOB BusinessBasics and Targus accessories, so resellers may present SMBs with a business-ready machine with more than $800 in additional value. The stylish metallic silver notebook also comes with Toshiba’s high-level service and international warranty cover as standard, providing peace-of-mind for buyers.</p>
<p>“The Tecra A2 reconfirms Toshiba’s commitment to the channel, and offers great scope for those resellers that service SMB users, who generally do not have the support of an in-house IT division,” said Matt Codrington, Product Marketing Manager, Toshiba ISD.</p>
<p>"With the great combination of features and performance of the Tecra A2, we have delivered a notebook that allows resellers to remain one step ahead of the changing needs of small business customers. The Tecra A2 series replaces our popular Satellite A10 model, offering the price-performance options of the Tecra business series to the Satellite’s traditional SMB and SOHO market,” he said.</p>
<p>Performance, productivity and flexibility for the ultimate desktop replacement</p>
<p>Featuring the latest Mobile Intel® Pentium® M or Intel® Celeron® M processor and with a standard battery life of up to 4.2 hours, all four Tecra A2 models deliver high levels of performance and productivity for business owners. The notebook also comes with advanced docking capability, with an optional port replicator, allowing users to easily move between the office and external work environments. With the full range of expansion and connectivity features including a PC Card slot, two USB 2.0 ports, an international V.90 modem and a 10/100 Mbit Ethernet LAN port and 802.11b/g on three of the four models, the Tecra A2 allows SMB users to be as flexible as their business day requires.</p>
<p>Multimedia first aids versatility</p>
<p>The Tecra A2 series now puts Toshiba ahead of the competition with its superior entry-level multimedia capability. There’s a CDW/DVD option or DVD-R/-RW, which allows users to create DVD recordings that are compatible with most DVD players currently on the market. It is also one of the first notebooks available with a DVD SuperMulti - a -multi- format technology with DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW/RAM capability. The inclusion of either an ultra-sharp XGA screen at 15” or 14.1” size, Intel® GM graphics and Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound further optimises the user’s multimedia experience.</p>
<p>Freedom of wireless now available to all</p>
<p>With Intel 802.11b/g offered on selected Tecra A2 models, the new line signals the mainstream introduction of wireless to this market. Toshiba’s unique ConfigFree™ software comes pre-installed with the Tecra A2 to simplify automatic connection to multiple wired and wireless network profiles for users who move between various work locations.</p>
<p>“The rise in flexible working and the greater number of small businesses is driving the adoption of desktop replacement PCs and users are demanding increasingly higher levels of performance and features from these notebooks to enhance business productivity,” said Mr Codrington.</p>
<p>Pricing and availability</p>
<p>The Tecra A2 series is available from Toshiba’s network of resellers. There are four models to choose from with prices starting at AU$1,595 inc. GST. For more information, visit www.isd.toshiba.com.au or call the Toshiba Sales Centre on 13 30 70.</p>
<p>Specifications:</p>
<p>CPU
Mobile Intel® Celeron® M Processor at 1.3 or 1.4GHz; or
Mobile Intel® Pentium® M Processor at 1.5 or 1.6GHz</p>
<p>Hard Disk
40GB or 60GB capacity (4200rpm)</p>
<p>Memory
256MB or 512MB</p>
<p>Display
14.1" TFT Active Matrix XGA 1024x768 resolution; or
15" TFT Active Matrix XGA 1024x768 resolution</p>
<p>Video
Intel® 855GME UMA</p>
<p>Video Memory
16-64 MB (Dynamic Video Memory Allocation)</p>
<p>Optical Drive
DVD/CD-RW, DVD-R-RW or DVD SuperMulti (DVD±R±RW, DVD-RAM)</p>
<p>Audio
Stereo Speakers, AC'97 Software Sound</p>
<p>Expansion
1 x Type II PC card slots, parallel, RGB, 2 x USB 2.0, V.90 modem, 10/100 LAN, headphone port, microphone port, Expansion Bus for Port Replicator</p>
<p>Communications
V.90/V.92 Data + Fax Modem; Intel® ICH4-M integrated LAN 10/100 TX Ethernet; Integrated Intel 802.11a/b/g (selected models)</p>
<p>Battery
Up to 8 hrs on primary battery</p>
<p>Chassis
338.11mm(W) x 274.22mm(D) x 26.80/37.92mm(H)
Silver metallic finish</p>
<p>Software
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional SP1; Toshiba management console; Microsoft Office OneNote® 2003; Intervideo WIN DVD Creator 2 Platinum; RecordNow!CD+DVD authoring software; Intervideo WIN DVD; Toshiba ConfigFree™; Adobe Acrobat Reader</p>
<p>Warranty
1 year international parts and labour</p>
<p>Bundles
For more information on the three Tecra A2 bundles, please contact your Toshiba associate.</p>
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<p>About Toshiba
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis. With notebook market share of 24.3% (according to IDC’s Q3 2003 figures), Toshiba ISD is comfortably the Australian market share market leader.</p>
<p>Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
<p>Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba</p>
<p>Issued by Howorth Communications on behalf of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, Information Systems Division.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:
Elizabeth Dawson or Caroline Hendra Annette Horst
Howorth Communications Toshiba Australia Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 8281 3810 Ph: 02 9887 6021
Email: pr@howorth.com.au Email: ahorst@toshiba-tap.com</p>

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