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Toshiba Tecra Z40 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz 8GB Apr 2014
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One of Toshiba's thinnest, lightest business laptops yet, the premium 35.6 cm (14") Tecra Z40-A matches ultra-portability with a long-lasting battery and larger screen that lets you do more on the... More
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18 Reasons For

Toshiba Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

On average Toshiba medium processor core notebook PCs have good reviews as do all laptops manufactured by Toshiba.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most portable PCs of this age and type have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Tecra Z40 which has three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. This Toshiba portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Tecra Z40 the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB. The Tecra Z40 has a quite big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

There are a number of other 8GB internal memory portable PCs currently available that you might want to consider including cheaper laptops such as the Toshiba Z30[plb_2209211_price], or the HP ProBook 640 G1[plb_2192167_price].

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SSD Storage Medium

The Tecra Z40 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Tecra Z40.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.

There are a number of other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available that you might want to look at including cheaper laptops such as the XPS 13[pl_1304263_price], or the XPS 13[pl_1304263_price] both from DELL or the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2446584_price].

Laptops with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the DELL XPS 13[plb_2601999_price] (SSD).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Tecra Z40.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative laptops with a full-size keyboard currently available including the DELL XPS 13[plb_1542052_price], or the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2363540_price] which is cheaper.

It is worth also looking at alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the Toshiba TECRA Z40[plb_2223029_price].

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Quite Long Battery Life

The shortest battery life of portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 2h, the longest is 4,400h, and the average battery life is 24h. With a battery life of 9 hours, the Tecra Z40 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst laptops of this age.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might also want to look at the ProBook 440[pl_2353338_price] (9.25h and cheaper), or the 8470p[pl_2830659_price] (9.3h and cheaper) both from HP or the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2363540_price] (10h and cheaper).

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type, the Tecra Z40 has a front camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including the DELL XPS 13[plb_1542052_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a front camera to this laptop and we think the TECRA Z40[pl_2223029_price], or the Tecra Z40[pl_2435195_price] both from Toshiba is also worth considering.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 has one of the higher front camera resolutions (2 megapixels) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Tecra Z40 have front camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 1,300MP.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Tecra Z40 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. Comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Tecra Z40 is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity notebook PC.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

Most portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Tecra Z40 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the Tecra Z40 which has three USB 3.0 ports.

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Light

With a weight of only 1.5 kilograms, the Tecra Z40 is one of the lighter laptops of this type and age amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

Other notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the DELL XPS 13[plb_1304263_price] (1.4kg), the HP Pro[plb_1496960_price] (1.4kg), or the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch[plb_1530282_price] (1.6kg) which is also cheaper.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Tecra Z40 is 200MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 200 megahertz, the Tecra Z40 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of laptops that were launched around the same time as the Tecra Z40 is 1,100MHz. The Tecra Z40 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (only 1,000 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Tecra Z40.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The Tecra Z40 has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. The maximum internal memory supported by processors of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the Tecra Z40 range from 4GB to 32GB.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago range from 1GB to 1.5TB. At only 256 gigabytes, the Tecra Z40 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the HP Zbook 14[plb_2618493_price] (500GB and cheaper).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz, the Toshiba Tecra Z40 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst notebook PCs of this age. Portable PCs of this spec and age have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.1GHz.

There are a number of other 1.6GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available which you might want to consider including the DELL XPS 13[plb_1304263_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the DELL XPS 13[plb_2556381_price] (1.7GHz and higher rated) or the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2363540_price] (1.7GHz and cheaper).

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Tecra Z40, the Tecra Z40 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen to this laptop and we think the ThinkPad T440[pl_2397170_price], the ThinkPad X240[pl_2430339_price], or the X1 Carbon[pl_3085960_price] all from Lenovo is also worth considering.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.6 gigahertz, the Toshiba Tecra Z40 has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Tecra Z40 is 3GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Toshiba Tecra Z40

Released Over Two Years Ago

This notebook PC has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 14 inches, the Tecra Z40 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Tecra Z40.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 14" laptops currently available including the ProBook 640 G1[pl_2192167_price], or the EliteBook 8470p[pl_1564796_price] both from HP or the Lenovo T440[plb_2073095_price] which is cheaper.

If this portable PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HP EliteBook 850[plb_2446460_price] (15.6" and cheaper).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
4G Standard
Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
3G Standard
2G Standard
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Accelerometer
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Keyboard Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Optional Operating System
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel TSX-NI
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology

Expert Reviews

(25)
21 April 2016

The Toshiba Tecra Z40-C is a long-lasting business notebook, but its keyboard, touchpad and screen are subpar...

I mentioned that the Tecra Z40 is indicative of why Toshiba is often left behind by HP, Dell, and Lenovo. The $1,229 notebook is not a bad PC; it's even very good with respect to build quality and...

20 September 2014

Toshiba Tecra Z40T-A1410 Notebook The Toshiba Tecra Z40T-A1410 repeats many of the successes of its lower-grade counterpart, the Tecra Z40-A-147 , with lightweight magnesium construction , a solid...

17 June 2014

The Toshiba Tecra Z40-A-11U is mostly an effective design for the intended corporate user. It's light, considering its 14in chassis, and the battery life is exceptional, which will make it an...

Toshiba doesn't deliver enough in the way of features or performance to justify this business laptop's lofty price tag...

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User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 6 January 2016 by Cris
(Verified Purchase)

Thin and lightweight, good battery, great buy...

Reviewed 18 September 2015 by Sarah45
(Verified Purchase)

This review is after 11 months of owning this Toshiba Tecra. During this period it has been in for two warranty repairs from Toshiba which took 7 weeks combined. The battery failed initially and... Read more…

Great aesthetics and build quality (heatsink
Easy hardware and software installation
High 1080p FPS on ultra settings in most games nowadays
Bought this card to use ATI catalyst graphics on a 1080p Samsung monitor. I don't game. .. . but when I do, I'll use ATI. And I always use Mintlinux. Actually, this seems to be a good card for home th
Exceeded my expectations. The video card on my 2003 Hp 350n was the original even though my machine has been through many upgrades. The original card finally died of old age. I installed the JATON as
Noisy fans
This is the only complaint I have with this card is that the fans are noisy only when gaming. I know they are working properly otherwise the card would've overheated and would've shutdown my system
Could be relatively cheaper
When pushed hard, like running a benchmark demo I get a rattle that sounds like one of the fan blades hitting the heatsink. It goes away as soon as the load is removed. Took one egg off for this
Drivers for Windows 10 are worthless, broken, garbage

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers z40a12, z40a12p, apple z40, apple z40b, apple z40b12, apple z40b12p, apple intel5300, apple intel5300u
Barcodes 04051528132038, 04051528136043

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