Dynabook’s New Tecra A40: An Entry-Level 14-Inch Business Laptop
Dynabook, formerly Toshiba, has introduced its new entry-level business laptop that promises to offer an attractive balance between performance, portability, and price. The Tecra A40 is a typical ‘working horse’ type of notebook with a 14-inch Full-HD display, a mainstream CPU, a battery life of over 10 hours, and a three-year on-site warranty for select configurations in the US.
The Dynabook Tecra A40 is aimed at a wide audience and attempts to find the right balance of peculiarities to offer something for everyone. To that end, the notebook is equipped with a 14-inch Full-HD monitor with or without touch support. The mobile PC comes in a modest chassis made of black plastic and features a slip-resistant coating. The chassis is 19.9 mm thick and the computer weighs 1.47 kilograms (3.24 pounds), which is in line with other cheaper laptops.
At the heart of Dynabook’s Tecra A40 is Intel’s 8th Generation Core processor with up to four cores and UHD Graphics 620 that is paired with 8 GB of on-board DDR4-2400 memory (there is an additional SO-DIMM slot for upgrades) as well as a 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD.
Being a mainstream notebook, Dynabook’s Tecra A40 offers a typical set of wireless interfaces and ports, including Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connectors, one HDMI output, a microSD card reader, a 3.5-mm connector for headsets, and a power plug. Meanwhile, like many other business-oriented laptop, the Tecra A40 comes equipped with a spill-resistant keyboard, Synaptics’ SecurePad touchpad with integrated fingerprint reader, and a webcam with IR sensors for facial recognition. On the multimedia side of things, the laptop has stereo speakers and a microphone array.
As far as battery life is concerned, Dynabook equips its Tecra A40 mobile PCs with a quad-cell 42 Wh Li-ion battery that is rated for up to 11.5 hours battery life based on MobileMark 2014 productivity test according to the company.
|Dynabook’s Tecra A40-E|
14″ 1920×1080 with multitouch
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8250U|
|Graphics||HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4-2400|
|Storage||256 GB SSD (M.2, PCIe)|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)|
|USB 3.0||2 × Type-A
1 × Type-A
|GbE||1 × GbE|
|Other I/O||HDMI, webcam with RGB + IR sensors, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack|
|Thickness||19.9 mm (0.78 inches)|
|Weight||Starting at 1.47 kg (3.24 lbs)|
|Price||Starting at $899.99|
Dynabook will start selling its Tecra A40 notebooks this November starting at $899.99. Besides the default configuration, the manufacturer will offer Build-to-Order machines featuring specifications defined by customers.