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Toshiba Tecra A6

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Toshiba Tecra A6. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the battery and screen. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the sound and durability are mixed.

performance, portability, price, screen, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Tecra A6 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Carla Thornton (pcworld.com)

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513

 

Toshiba piles on the value in this secure, long-running business laptop.

Good balance of weight and screen Great battery life

Bluetooth not included, Not user configurable

This handsome, light business portable offers extra security and makes a great commuter notebook.

May, 2006

Expert review by: darkninja (NotebookReview.com)

Toshiba Tecra A6 Review (pics, specs)

 

The Toshiba Tecra A6 is one of the first of Toshiba's Core Duo based laptops available on the Australian market. Toshiba describes this as being a "desktop replacement" due to its high specs however the light weight of this laptop (approximately...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513

 

All work and some play is the message Toshiba seems to be sending out with its Tecra A6-S513. The new laptop is aimed at those who split their time between corporate duties and leisure activities. The Tecra A6-S513 features several midrange components,...

Sleek exterior. Light enough for extensive travel. EasyGuard Suite. Good battery life

Not for performance seekers

The Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 is the sort of system you can take to work to manage the grind, and then pop in a DVD movie on your commute home. It's great for travel and its price is reasonable, but those who require high performance should look elsewhere.

Expert review by: (goodgearguide.com.au)

Toshiba Tecra A6 (PTA63A-004002)

 

It has a decent set of features for its sub-$2000 price tag

It's performance was slower than expected

A decent, but not particularly inspiring machine, the Tecra A6 will suit those who need an affordable business notebook.

May, 2007

Expert review by: Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Toshiba Tecra A6

 

Toshiba's latest Tecra, the A6, is a fairly standard notebook. It offers nothing to differentiate itself from the pack, and its performance was a litt...

It has a decent set of features for its sub-$2000 price tag

It's performance was slower than expected

A decent, but not particularly inspiring machine, the Tecra A6 will suit those who need an affordable business notebook.

May, 2007

Expert review by: Stephen Patrick (pocket-lint.com)

Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop

 

With the number of notebooks now on the market it is hard to imagine that at one time, Toshiba had the game all to itself. With over 21 years of experience in portable computing it knows a thing or two about mobility. Take the Tecra A6 for instance, it...

Light, great battery life, business-focused

Not the most cutting-edge of specs

The Toshiba Tecra A6 may not be the most striking or feature rich of machines on the market but it comes in at a comfortable weight with a battery life to match. If you’re on a strict budget and battery life is a priority, you’ll be glad of the A6.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Toshiba Tecra A6 review

 

Powerful and mobile, but better value can be found elsewhere

Above-average battery life

Network options disappointing

Attractive price comes at the cost of performance and compatibility

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Matthew Elliott (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Tecra A6

 

The Toshiba Tecra A6 is a well-designed business laptop that delivers good performance for the money and a host of business-friendly security features, but its glossy display will prove to be a deal breaker for many.

Strong application performance for the money ; Attractive design and solid construction ; Roomy, comfortable keyboard ; Hard drive protection and spill-resistant keyboard ; Fingerprint reader provides added security and convenience

Glossy screen coating bound to annoy business users ; Not configurable

NOTE: Products in this test are for comparative purposes only and are not necessarily available in the Australian market.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Excellent

 

Not a gaming laptop and definitely get a 1 GB memory upgrade. A pretty good laptop for college.

Nice bright screen. Small and lightweight. Extremely fast. Cool fingerprint tech. Hassle free wireless and wired technology. No setup required. Thanks newegg for fast processing

Occasional freezing (probably because i try to play too much games on this thing)

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Eddie (newegg.com)

Neat Lightweight Notebook

 

I Hope we can continue to get XP Operating Systems on laptops.

Surprising speed and lightweight. Normally purchase ASUS but tried this Toshiba wanting XP operating system

Too many Trial programs - typical Toshiba

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

Toshiba's Tecra A6 combines solid refinements and essential mobility in a budget-minded notebook. Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology dramatically accelerates performance. It also includes a spill-resistant keyboard, designed to give you enough time to save your data and shut down the system in the event of an accidental liquid spill. The 14.1" diagonal widescreen TruBrite display delivers vivid presentations.

Audio

Audio system:16-bit / HD / Toshiba Audio Enhancement / Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Audio system direct sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Audio system maximum sampling rate:48
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Onkyo

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery Capacity:10.8 / 4000
Battery life (max):5.5 / 6.5
Battery performance:10.8 / 4000
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4
Run Time (Up To):2.1hour(s)/3.1hour(s)/4hour(s)/5.7hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Camera

Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Certificates

Certification:UL, CE, Energy star, DIN GOST, FCC afsnit 15 klasse B, UL1950, Industry Canada, FCC afsnit 68, UL/cUL, R&TTE, CSA, CCC, SASO, \nFCC, CB-rapport, TELEC, S.M.A.R.T.
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.5in
Height:1.5in
Weight:5.3lbs/5.5lbs
Width:13.5in

Disk Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:1 / 2

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display Diagonal:14.1 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768
Display response rise/fall:25
LCD brightness levels 1-8:43
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.00933 x 0.00933
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:14.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 768/1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37 / 3.42 / 5
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:65 / 75
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:945GM Express / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 1.696
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon R4 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R4 / Intel HD Graphics 3000

Hard Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:1 / 2

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Canada/Latin America/United States
Localization:English/Spanish
Manufacturer:Toshiba
Model:A6/A6-EZ6311/A6-EZ6312/A6-EZ6411/A6-S513/A6-S713/A6-SP3022/A6-SP3032/A6-SP3052/A6-SP3062/A6-SP561
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Tecra

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard key pitch:0.752
Keyboard key stroke:0.106
Keyboard number of keys:102 / 86
Number of keyboard cursor keys:4
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:667MHz

Memory

Internal memory:0.5 / 1 / 4 / 6
Internal memory expansion module sizes:256
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 533
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Miscellaneous

Color:Titanium silver
Refurbished:Refurbished

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS / 4.0 LE
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Networking speed:10/100 Mbps Base-TX
Networking topology:Ethernet LAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless compliancy:Wi-Fi, FIR
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-2362.2 - 393.7 / -2362.2 - 393700.8
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):10 - 95
Non-operating thermal gradient (max):20
Operating altitude:-2362.2 - 118.1
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating thermal gradient (max):15
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 65

Optical Drive

CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW write speed:4
Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW
DVD drive compatibility:CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:2 / 6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:2.4 / 6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM / DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/10x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 2x (DVD+R)/24x(CD)/8x(DVD-R)/2x(DVD+R)/2x(DVD-R DL)/2.4x(DVD+R DL)

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Audio system:16-bit / HD / Toshiba Audio Enhancement / Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound
Dimensions (WxDxH):13.5 x 9.53 x 1.5 / 15 x 9.84 x 1.48
Display:LCD / TFT
Drive device, buffer size:8.192 / 8192
Ethernet interface type:Fast
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
Hard disk number of heads:2 / 3 / 4
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: Yes
Internal video mode, resolution:1.280 x 800 / 1280 x 800
L2 cache:2 / 4
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:V.90
Operating elevation:-2362.2
Power Requirements:100/240 V
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Weight:5.51
Wireless communication data transfer rate:2
Wireless communication version:2
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / WLAN (802.11a/b/g), FIR

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV-out:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37 / 3.42 / 5
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:65 / 75
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI / FSB
Chipset:Intel 945GM Express / Intel HM65 Express
Clock Speed:1.66GHz/1.83GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 11 / 22 / 25
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Manufacturer:Intel
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel 945GM Express / Intel HM65 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:151
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:90
Processor:A6-7310 / I5-2450M / I7-2670QM / T1300 / T2400
Processor boost frequency:2.4 / 3.1
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge / Yonah
Processor cores:1 / 2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / AMD A / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core Duo / Intel Core Solo / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.66 / 1.83 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.5
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:32 / 65
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:A6-7310 / I5-2450M / I7-2670QM / T1300 / T2400
Processor Number:T1300/T2300/T2300E/T2400/T2500/T5500/T5600
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core Duo T2000 series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core Solo T1000 series
Processor socket:PGA988 / Socket 478
Processor threads:1 / 2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / D2 / J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):27 / 31 / 35 / 45
Tjunction:100
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo/Core Solo

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States:No / Yes
Intel 64:N / Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:27235 / 27242 / 53452 / 53470
Processor code:SL8VY / SR02S / SR04Z
Processor package size:31 / 35 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, User / Supervisor, User
Password protection type:HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, User / Supervisor, User

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Bundled software:Evernote\nTOSHIBA Display Utility\nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA Function Key\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor\nTOSHIBA System Settings
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8 / Windows XP Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MiniSD, MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, MMC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:100 / 40 / 500 / 60 / 750

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:100GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino/Intel Centrino Duo
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader
Windows Vista Certification:Windows Vista Capable

Video

External video modes max. refresh rate:100
External video modes maximum refresh rate (non interlaced):60
External video modes non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate:1.600 x 1.200 / 1600 x 1200
External video modes refresh rate (max):100
Internal video modes maximum number of colors:16.7

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon X1400/Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:13.1
CD/DVD weight:6.7
Depth:10.2 / 9.53 / 9.84
Drive device weight:7.05
Height:0.925 / 1.5
Height (front):1.09
Height (rear):1.48
Weight:4.3 / 5.42 / 5.51
Width:13.5 / 15