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Toshiba Tecra Z40 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 14" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.3GHz 8GB Apr 2015
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One of Toshiba's thinnest, lightest business laptops yet, the premium 35.6 cm (14") Tecra Z40-B matches ultra-portability with a long-lasting battery and larger screen that lets you do more on the... More
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Toshiba Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

Medium processor core notebook PCs manufactured by Toshiba have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just medium processor core notebook PCs) and found that Toshiba also has good reviews across its entire range.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.

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

Most comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the Tecra Z40 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Toshiba 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 Tecra Z40 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The best memory clock speeds supported by processor of all laptops that have been around for more than a year is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Tecra Z40 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. The smallest internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that were released one year ago is 2GB and the biggest is 16GB.

Other 8GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include the HP ProBook 650[plb_2863577_price], or the DELL Latitude 12 7000[plb_2855917_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (12GB and cheaper).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops of a similar type and age to it. Most portable PCs of this age and type 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.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Tecra Z40.

The worst storage medium across comparable types of laptop is HDD.

Alternative laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available that you might want to look at include the XPS 13[pl_2705334_price], the Latitude 12 E7250[pl_2885455_price], or the XPS 13[pl_2705334_price] all from DELL which is cheaper; or the Latitude 12 E7240[pl_2962186_price], or the Latitude 12 E7240[pl_2962186_price] both from DELL which has better reviews.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Tecra Z40 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

Other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper laptops such as the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price].

Alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to consider include the ThinkPad W550[pl_2800102_price], or the ThinkPad T450[pl_2746927_price] both from Lenovo.

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Has a Front Camera

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a front camera to this portable PC and we think the Lenovo T450[plb_2954085_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative portable PCs which also have a front camera including the ThinkPad W550[pl_2800102_price], or the ThinkPad T450[pl_2746927_price] both from Lenovo.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar 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 commonly found WiFi standard on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast Maximum WiFi Data Rate

The maximum WiFi data rate of portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the Tecra Z40 range from 150 Mbit/s to 870 Mbit/s. With a maximum WiFi data rate of 867 megabits per second, the Toshiba Tecra Z40 has a fairly fast maximum WiFi data rate compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

Laptops of this spec and age have front camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 2MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1MP. At 2 megapixels, the Toshiba Tecra Z40 has a quite high front camera resolution compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

Most laptops 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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Very Light

The average weight of similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the Tecra Z40 is 2kg, and the weights range from 940g to 3.8kg. The Toshiba Tecra Z40 is quite light (only 1.5 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

Alternative portable PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_2729360_price] (1.6kg), or the Lenovo ThinkPad X250[plb_2831096_price] (1.5kg) which is also cheaper.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Tecra Z40 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (only 900 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Tecra Z40. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Tecra Z40 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 950MHz.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Tecra Z40 is 550GB. The Tecra Z40 has a fairly small total storage capacity (only 256 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the Tecra Z40.

There are a number of other 256GB total storage capacity portable PCs currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL XPS 13 9343[plb_2829100_price], or the Lenovo ThinkPad T550[plb_2823866_price].

If you would prefer a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the T550[pl_2954083_price] (500GB), or the T450[pl_2954085_price] (500GB) both from Lenovo or the HP ProBook 440 G2[plb_2956546_price] (500GB) which is also cheaper.

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Not Cheap

We think this notebook PC looks expensive compared to other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec. We checked 306 notebook PCs of a similar age and spec and they range in price from £149 to £3,405.

Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Tecra Z40, the Tecra Z40 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared all the other portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen to this notebook PC and we think the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] or the DELL Latitude 14 E7450[plb_2882106_price] are also worth considering.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Toshiba Tecra Z40

Released Over a Year Ago

This medium processor core notebook PC has been on the market for over a year.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.3 gigahertz, the Tecra Z40 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.3GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available including the DELL Latitude 14 E7450[plb_2882106_price], or the Lenovo ThinkPad W550[plb_2783796_price] which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the HP EliteBook 850 G2[plb_2957141_price] (2.4GHz and cheaper), the Acer Travelmate TMP645-S[plb_2989413_price] (2.4GHz and cheaper), or the Asus UX301LA[plb_3012166_price] (2.4GHz and cheaper).

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Average Battery Life

At 10.5 hours, the Tecra Z40 has a pretty typical battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

If this medium processor core notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the L450[pl_2932785_price] (10.7h and higher rated), or the X250[pl_3010221_price] (10.7h and higher rated) both from Lenovo.

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Average Screen Size

The Toshiba Tecra Z40 has a relatively typical screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Tecra Z40.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 14" notebook PCs currently available including cheaper laptops such as the HP ProBook 440[plb_2790269_price], or the Lenovo L450[plb_2780373_price].

If you would prefer a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the T550[pl_2954049_price] (15.6" and cheaper), or the T550[pl_2954083_price] (15.6" and cheaper) both from Lenovo or the HP EliteBook 850 G2[plb_2957141_price] (15.6" and cheaper).

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Specification

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Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
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
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
4G Standard
3G Standard
2G Standard
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Maximum WiFi Data Rate
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
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Keyboard Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Certificates
WiFi Certification
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
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

(1)
Reviewed 6 January 2016 by Cris
(Verified Purchase)

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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers apple z40, apple z40b, apple z40b12, apple z40b12p, apple intel5300, apple intel5300u
Barcodes 04051528192421

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