Toshiba announces affordable Tecra A50 for $729

Toshiba announces affordable Tecra A50 for $729
Toshiba announces affordable Tecra A50 for $729
Refreshed Tecra A50 series to have TPM, Smart Card, fingerprint reader, and spill-resistant keyboard aimed at small-to-medium size businesses.

We reviewed the Tecra A50 almost two years ago, but Toshiba is relaunching the notebook this month as the company continues to piggyback on the recent launch of Windows 10.

The 2015 Tecra A50 features both upgraded internals and a new chassis tested specifically against heat, shock, and vibration. Users will still get the same grooved surfaces, but the design appears thinner and a bit sharper than the outgoing A50. Port placement has been switched around as well based on the few images provided by Toshiba. Fortunately, the refreshed A50 will retain the Portege-compatible docking port of the original.

The press release is light on details, so the following specifications are a bit vague:

  • Display: 15.6-inch HD or FHD
  • CPU: Fifth generation Intel Core i5/i7
  • Connectivity: Dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, Card reader, RJ-45, HDMI, VGA, Docking port, Optical drive

Toshiba will begin selling the Tecra A50 through its own online store for a starting price of $729. The higher-end A50-C1520 configuration will retail for $799.


Toshiba Expands SMB Offering with New Windows 10 Ready Laptop

New 15.6-inch Tecra® A50 Laptops Deliver Enterprise-class Performance, Security, Ease of Management and Durability at Affordable Price, with the Toshiba Quality Replacement Guarantee

<time datetime="2015-07-30T12:00:00Z" itemprop="dateModified">July 30, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time</time>

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Toshiba’s Business Solutions Division (BSD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a new laptop designed to meet the varying needs of small to mid-sized businesses. Designed, engineered and manufactured by Toshiba, the Tecra® A50 represents the expansion of Toshiba’s SMB lineup. The Tecra A50 is Windows 10-ready1 and offers the performance of an enterprise-class PC and the essential productivity and security features business users need at an affordable price point.

Big Performance for Small Business
“Small and mid-sized business need more enterprise-class features and performance than ever before, but for a low total cost of ownership,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and engineering, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Business Solutions Division. “Our line of SMB products not only delivers powerful, secure devices that each meet the varying needs of this segment, but are now Windows 10-ready, enabling businesses and IT departments to take advantage of the new platform as soon as they are ready.”

The Tecra A50 features a 15.6-inch diagonal HD or Full HD display2, the latest Intel® 5thgeneration processors3, plus a battery life of close to 8 hours4 to keep business in motion. The laptop also features a built-in DVD Drive5 and full-size keyboard with a 10-key numeric pad for easily powering through spreadsheets, as well as a user-replaceable battery. The Tecra A50 has docking capability and utilizes the High Speed Port Replicator that is common across the entire Tecra and Portégé® line.

To make the process of connecting, syncing, sharing and collaborating easier, the Tecra A50 is equipped with an HD webcam, Bluetooth® v4.0, the latest dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi®, and is wireless display ready6. A generous range of essential ports make doing business easier, including two USB 3.07 and one USB 2.0 port, plus full-size HDMI® and VGA ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an SD Card reader.

Windows Operating System Flexibility

Because every organization is different when it comes to operating system preferences, with the Tecra A50 laptop, Toshiba will offer a variety of Microsoft® operating systems to best suit each organization’s IT requirements. Toshiba has an unparalleled understanding of Microsoft with engineers based in Redmond and has featured the company’s operating system on its laptop for the past 30 years.

Toshiba Quality Replacement Guarantee

To demonstrate its commitment to quality and reliability, Toshiba is including the Toshiba Quality Replacement Guarantee8 for Tecra A50 laptops. If the LCD panel, hard drive, memory or system board fails within the first year of ownership, Toshiba will replace the unit with a new Tecra A50.

Easy to Manage within Corporate IT Environments

The Tecra A50 is the perfect platform for the Toshiba Cloud Client Manager (TCCM) – a cloud service that allows IT administrators to easily manage end-point devices across a deployment by providing comprehensive tools and patch management to ensure device efficiency and compliance. Using a standard web browser, IT administrators can now oversee and take control of devices online, in real-time, without the need to invest in servers and dedicated management software. The Tecra A50 also has advanced manageability options, supporting Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Windows® Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Toshiba Smart Client Manager 2.0 (TSCM).

Security Features and EasyGuard Technology

To ensure valuable business data is kept safe and secure, the Tecra A50 can be configured with an Intel® Core™ i5 or Intel Core i7 processor and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2 to provide the extra layers of security business users need for greater peace of mind. For added security, the Tecra A50 can be configured with a Smart Card and Fingerprint Reader. In addition to a spill resistant keyboard designed and tested to save data and shut down, this laptop features Toshiba’s innovative EasyGuard® Technology, adding multi-tiered security and data protection measures that guard components against accidental bumps. For quality and reliability, the Tecra A50 has been rigorously tested to the stresses of heat, shock, vibration and Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) at Toshiba’s facilities.

Reinforced by Toshiba’s internally developed BIOS, Tecra laptops deliver unparalleled integration of hardware and software no other PC manufacturer can claim. This foundational BIOS software not only monitors the PC’s internal components to maintain stability, it offers system-level security and built-in countermeasures to prevent illegal access.

Pricing and Availability

Available in August through Toshiba Direct and various resellers, the Tecra A50-C1510 will have a MSRP of $729.999, the Tecra A50-C1520 will have a MSRP of $799.99, and the Tecra A50-C1510W10 will have a MSRP of $729.99.

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Allen Ngo, 2015-08- 1 (Update: 2015-08- 1)
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.