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Toshiba Tecra M2 – setting the benchmark for business

  • 23 February, 2004 10:03

<p>MEDIA RELEASE</p>
<p>Toshiba Tecra M2 – setting the benchmark for business</p>
<p>Delivering the best balance of performance specifications, innovative industrial design and lowest cost of ownership makes Tecra M2 series the ideal corporate mobile computing platform</p>
<p>Sydney, 23 February 2004 – Mobile computing leader, Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited, Information Systems Division (ISD) today introduced its next generation light weight notebook, the new Tecra M2 series - for corporate and small-to-medium sized business customers who demand mobility and connectivity without sacrificing performance. The notebook is also ideal for IT managers and enterprise fleet managers who require a stable, configurable notebook with a long product lifecycle.</p>
<p>General Manager for Toshiba ISD Ralph Stadus said: "We believe that this range of notebooks represents a true business benchmark that others will strive to achieve. This range will appeal to fleet buyers whether they are considering the purchase of two or three units or two to three thousand. We have distilled almost 20 years of mobile customer experience into this outstanding product.”</p>
<p>"Toshiba recognises that by reducing the cost and complexity of notebook PC ownership, whilst increasing performance and functionality, is critical to IT professionals and SMB customers," said Mark Whittard, National Marketing Manager, Toshiba ISD. "Our continued investment in the Tecra brand - including advanced wireless connectivity, long battery life and a light-weight form factor-- reaffirm Toshiba's commitment to providing high performance notebooks that businesses of all sizes can appreciate."</p>
<p>Toshiba continues to build on its reputation for reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) by sharing common docking and Slim SelectBay accessories with most Tecra/Portégé products. By reducing the qualification time required for differing components, this compatibility along with Tecra’s stable platform, long life cycle and consistent software image allows IT managers to standardise hardware throughout their corporate enterprise. The end result is simplified product procurement; therefore further lowering the total cost of ownership with reduced support and inventory costs.</p>
<p>The Tecra M2 delivers a balance of portability, hardware and image stability plus high performance. Building on the success of the Tecra M1, the new thin and light design features include a magnesium alloy chassis to provide added durability whilst making it the lightest in its class at only 2.26kg. Combined with extended battery life of up to 11 hours, this makes the Tecra M2 the ideal road-ready business notebook.</p>
<p>Featuring the Intel® Pentium® M Processor up to 1.7GHz, the Tecra M2 Series is available in four configurations including high speed, high capacity hard drives (up to 80GB), DVD-CDRW or DVD-multi optical drives, memory capacity up to 2MB, industry-leading 3D graphics with nVIDIA and high speed communications such as G-bit Ethernet, iLink, Bluetooth and 802.11a/b wireless. These features provide customers with a foundation to significantly boost business productivity and choice of connectivity.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s bundled software suite also extends functionality and assists in the ease of deployment and support. ConfigFree™ software is pre-installed to simplify automatic connection to multiple wired and wireless network profiles for users moving between various work locations and can diagnose any connection problems. Microsoft One Note, a note-taking and management program can organise all your thoughts, files and data. Toshiba IP phone to evaluate VoIP solutions across corporate networks is also included.</p>
<p>Pricing and availability
The Tecra M2 series is available from Toshiba’s network of resellers. There are four models to choose from with prices starting at A$2,695 inc. GST. For more information, visit www.isd.toshiba.com.au or call the Toshiba Sales Centre on 13 30 70.</p>
<p>Specifications:
CPU: P-M 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 or 1.7GHz
Hard Disk: 40, 60 or 80GB (4200 or 5400 rpm)
Memory: 256 or 512MB
Display: 14” XGA
Video: nVIDIA GeForce FX GO 5200
Video Memory: 64MB DDR memory
Optical Drive: DVD-CDRW or DVD-Multi
Audio: Stereo Speakers
Expansion: SD, PC Card slot, parallel, IR, RGB, TV Out, 2xUSB 2.0, iLink, h/phone,mic, Selectbay, port replicator
Communications: V.92 modem, 10/100/1000 Ethernet (Gbit), WiFi antenna or integrated Intel 802.11ab, Bluetooth antenna
Battery: Up to 11 hrs with optional batteries
Chassis: 316x259x31.5-34.9mm. 2.06kg w/ weight saver 2.26kg w/ optical drive
Magnesium alloy chassis
Software: XP Professional, Toshiba h/w drivers, Drag ‘n’ Drop CD+DVD, WinDVD player, Toshiba Management Console and ConfigFree, Microsoft One Note, Toshiba IP Phone
Warranty: 1 year international parts and labour</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.
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.
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.
Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba
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 9904 4533 Ph: 02 9887 6021
Email: pr@howorth.com.au Email: ahorst@toshiba-tap.com</p>

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