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Toshiba unveils new business notebooks under its Portege and Tecra brands

Michael Brown | Oct. 8, 2013
From Ultrabook to mobile workstation, all 5 PCs can use the same docking station.

Prices will start at $1279 for the Portege Z30 and $1229 for the Tecra Z40 when the computers go on sale October 18. The Tecra Z50 will also start at $1229, but it won't be available until the end of November.

The Portege R30 is an unusual Ultrabook in that it includes a DVD burner. Most manufacturers omit this feature in order to reduce the notebook's thickness. And in fact, the Portege R30, which Toshiba describes as "about one inch thick," might not comply with Intel's baseline requirement that a notebook must be 0.90 inch or thinner to be marketed under the Ultrabook brand.

Intel's baseline doesn't include a maximum weight, and the R30 comes in at 3.2 pounds. That's not bad considering it has an optical drive. Toshiba didn't disclose pricing for the Portege R30, but indicated that the notebook would be available at the end of November.


Any of the five notebooks can be docked to Toshiba's optional port replicator, which provides just about every I/O port you might want (including DisplayPort 1.2). (Click to enlarge.)

Toshiba's Tecra W50 mobile workstation is designed for people who need a desktop replacement. The 15.6-inch notebook features a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an Nvidia Quadro discrete graphics processor with a 2GB dedicated frame buffer.

The Tecra W50's motherboard has four memory slots to accommodate up to 32GB of memory. I/O ports include HDMI, VGA, gigabit etherent, two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port, an eSATA/USB combo port, and an optional mini serial port. The Tecra W50 will be available October 18, with prices starting at $1999.

 

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