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Old Toshiba Tecra A40 gets a facelift to the new Dynabook Tecra A40

Old Toshiba Tecra A40 gets a facelift to the new Dynabook Tecra A40 (Source: Dynabook)
Old Toshiba Tecra A40 gets a facelift to the new Dynabook Tecra A40 (Source: Dynabook)
Dynabook is promising up to 13 hours of battery life and an optional Dynabook USB-C Dock when the redesigned Tecra A40 becomes available in the coming weeks.

Now that Toshiba has spun off its laptop business, Dynabook has been slowly but surely refreshing older Toshiba Tecra and Portege laptops to bring them up to spec with the latest hardware and features. The Toshiba Tecra A40 was announced four years ago in 2015 and now Dynabook will be reintroducing the Tecra A40 with new processors and a new look.

The most noticeable change will be the size and weight of the refreshed Tecra A40. While the 2015 version was 23.8 mm thick and 1.8 kg, the 2019 version will be just 19.9 mm thick and 1.47 kg. USB Type-C now comes standard in addition to the Intel 8th gen Core i5-8250U.

Unfortunately, a few relics remain. The base wireless is only an Intel 8265 instead of the faster Intel 9560 or AX200. Charging is done with a proprietary 45 W AC adapter instead of relying on the more universal USB Type-C port. These drawbacks are understandable since the Tecra series is designed to be more affordable than the higher-end Portege series.

Expect the Dynabook Tecra A40 to begin shipping this November for a starting price of $900 USD.

Specifications sheet (Source: Dynabook)
Specifications sheet (Source: Dynabook)

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Dynabook

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2019 – Dynabook Americas, Inc. (formerly Toshiba America Client Solutions, Inc.), today announced a new Tecra® A40. The new thinner and lighter, 14-inch professional-grade Tecra A40 strikes the perfect balance between performance, portability and screen size. The laptop includes Dynabook’s recently announced +Care Service℠ warranty1.

 

“Our goal is to create thinner and lighter professional-grade laptops with the power and performance to elevate our customers’ ability to perform their jobs to their fullest and the Tecra A40 is a prime example of this mission,” said Philip Osako, vice president, marketing and engineering, Dynabook Americas, Inc. “Even in a smaller, compact form factor, the Tecra A40 maintains the quality and durability our laptops have become synonymous with over the years. To further the appeal of the Tecra A40, we have added our new +Care Service warranty to the laptop for additional peace of mind.”

 

Weighing in at a mere 3.24 pounds2 and measuring 19.9 mm thin, the new 14-percent thinner and 16-percent lighter Tecra A40 is the perfect size to take anywhere. Incorporating a textured, slip-resistant chassis, the Tecra A40 is designed to pass the US military (MIL-STD-810G) testing methodology for strength and durability to endure the day-to-day rigors of the modern professional.

 

+Care Service warranty is Dynabook’s new, premier standard warranty designed to keep business moving forward. Offered on select Dynabook-branded laptops, +Care Service warranty is available for three-years on feature configurations and four-years on Build-to-Order models. In addition to multi-year warranties, you as a Dynabook customer also get access to the organization’s service and support network should you ever need it. This new standard warranty offers Technical Phone Support, Depot Repair, Carry-In, On-Site, and Customer Replaceable Parts. Dynabook +Care Service warranty helps businesses boost productivity, cut downtime and reduce IT costs.

 

Powered by an 8th generation Intel® Core™ Processor, the Tecra A40 delivers faster clock speeds and higher turbo frequencies – increasing performance and responsiveness over previous generation processors. Users can also expect powerful graphics capabilities from the processor to improve 3D graphics performance and ultra-high-resolution content encoding. In addition to the processor upgrade, the Tecra A40 also includes Windows 10 Pro, high-performance DDR4 memory and a high-speed SSD to handle the demands of modern computing.

 

With a battery life rating of up to 13 hours3, the Tecra A40 lasts beyond the typical workday on a single charge. When not in use, Sleep & Charge technology keeps a USB port powered, allowing the laptop to charge a smartphone and other accessories.

 

Housed in a compact form factor, the 14-inch, thin-bezel display of the Tecra A40 is available in either HD, Full HD or Full HD with touch delivering vibrant and clear image quality. This business laptop also features a full-size, backlit, spill-resistant keyboard along with complete collection of full-size ports, including HDMI®, two USB 3.2 Gen 1, microSD™ slot and RJ-45 to maximize productivity in the office and on the road.

 

Fortified with Dynabook’s proprietary BIOS and a variety of security options, including integrated IR facial recognition, fingerprint reader and smart card reader for multi-factor authentication, helps the Tecra A40 keep data safe from potential threats.

 

The Tecra A40 includes a versatile USB-C™ port that allows users to charge, connect a display or attach a variety of modern accessories. To increase the capabilities of the laptop, Dynabook offers an optional USB-C Dock accessory giving users the ability to connect a mouse, keyboard, additional accessories and multiple displays while charging the Tecra A40 through a single cable connection.

 

All Dynabook laptops, including the Tecra A40, are designed, engineered and rigorously tested in dedicated Dynabook facilities to deliver greater peace of mind and proven reliability. Dynabook will offer featured configurations of the Tecra A40 or users can customize the laptop’s processor, memory, storage, screen and security options via the Build-to-Order (BTO) program. This laptop will be available at us.dynabook.com or from the company’s network of resellers starting in November. Pricing for the new Tecra A40 will start at $899.99 (MSRP).

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About Dynabook Americas, Inc. (formerly Toshiba America Client Solutions, Inc.)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Dynabook Americas, Inc., provides a diverse portfolio of enterprise-grade hardware and software offerings, including awarding-winning mobile computers, innovative wearable devices, augmented reality applications and security solutions. Dynabook designs, engineers and manufactures its offerings in its own-operated facilities to ensure quality and reliability. Dynabook Americas is an independent operating company wholly-owned by Dynabook, Inc., of Japan, a majority-owned company of Sharp Corporation. For more information on Dynabook Americas, visit us.dynabook.com.

 

About Dynabook Inc. (formerly Toshiba Client Solutions Co., Ltd.)

For over 30 years, Dynabook laptops and technology have set the standard for innovation, quality and reliability. Now affiliated with Sharp Corporation, Dynabook Inc., continues that tradition by delivering rich value and services that support our partners and customers in achieving their goals.

 

© 2019 Dynabook Americas, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice. Tecra, Portégé, dynabook, and the dynabook logo are trademarks of Dynabook Americas, Inc. and/or Dynabook Inc. All rights reserved.

 

1.      Warranty. Dynabook’s standard limited warranty terms and limitations apply.  Visit support.dynabook.com/<wbr />warranty for details.

2.      Weight. Weight may vary depending on product configuration, vendor components, manufacturing variability and options selected.

3.      Battery Life Rating. (Notebook) Measured by MobileMark® 2014 for models preinstalled with Microsoft® Windows 7 or Windows 10. Benchmark rules for MobileMark® 2014: Wireless connectivity = On, Predefined updated workloads. Details of MobileMark® 2014 testing protocols are available at www.bapco.com. MobileMark is a U.S. registered trademark of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. Rating is for comparison purposes only, and does not indicate the battery life that will be obtained by any individual user. Actual battery life may vary considerably from specifications depending on product model, configuration, applications, power management settings and features utilized, as well as the natural performance variations produced by the design of individual components. The battery life rating is only achieved on the select models and configurations tested by Toshiba under the specific test settings at the time of publication and is not an estimate of a system’s battery life under any conditions other than the specific test settings. After a period of time, the battery will lose its ability to perform at maximum capacity and will need to be replaced. This is normal for all batteries.


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Allen Ngo, 2019-10-29 (Update: 2019-10-29)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.