Most OEMs only include the trial version. These two major deficiencies do show on applications, as we will discuss later. Toshiba Tecra A3 Back View The speakers are located above the keyboard, and the speaker screen stretches across the width of the notebook, even though the speakers themselves are only about 1. Pentium Ms have never been known as a multitasking device, and this notebook does not dispel this notion. Finally, the display is nothing less than fantastic for a notebook of this price.

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This notebook runs Windows XP Professional. This is a huge number for a fresh configuration, as most other systems run only processes. The chipset also includes a different integrated graphics controller.

Internal Hardware The list of internal tfcra features that are available are impressive in some ways, and quite unimpressive in others. This is not the best idea when you are trying to balance it on your lap. Graphics-wise, the system will replace the AGP slot, providing faster speeds and two-way communications with future graphics cards.

We will therefore skip this part, and start from the first fully configured startup as a reference. Unfortunately, I will not be able to do so with this particular system, as the computer itself is hobbled by its supporting hardware.

This is an improvement over the previous generation, although how much of one remains a contentious point. It reacts quickly when the open button is pushed, but the spring to close the tray is somewhat tight. There have been limitations, though, to the system. Left side of Toshiba Tecra A3 with drive open view larger image The keyboard feel is poor for tecrs business system. It is not so easy to replace a motherboard and CPU, if at all possible.

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Also included in this system is a PC Diagnostic tool, connectivity tools, hardware configuration software and others included in Toshiba Assist.

The buttons carry a very light plastic feel to them, the space button is twcra unresponsive, and the sound when depressed is not very firm. For example, this system includes the newest CPU and chipset available in the current notebook market, the aforementioned Alviso 6s11 Intel Pentium M These are reminiscent of IBM business machines.

All of the other usual suspects are here in terms of software. For business people, this is an ideal secondary or travel system, with a no-nonsense appearance and approach.

Toshiba Tecra A3 Review (pics, specs)

In many respects, this remains the truth. It is not controlled by the function keys, a welcome departure from some other manufacturers. Most users will want to erase most of this before continuing. The large number of running processes, coupled with the slow hard drive and low amount of RAM, slows opening apps to a crawl. Just remember to save some money for z3 hard drive and more RAM.

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Multitasking is another area where this system does not excel. These two major deficiencies do show on applications, as we will discuss later. The port placement is laid out very well, with all three USB ports 2.

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Shogun — Total War plays very well on the system, as well as and Homeworld.

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Capability Now we come to the crux of the matter-how does the system function. While there is no danger of overheating, the bottom does get hot to the touch after a few hours of use. In terms of actual use, they are placed relatively close together, and one will probably not be able to place more than 2 devices into the ports without running out of space.

Originally designed for users tecraa Tablets, it does well for taking notes during business meetings, or just jotting down notes that come to mind while doing something else. The modem icon is omni-present, even though most users will rarely even use the modem. Toshiba Tecra A3 front view view larger image There are three small buttons above the keyboard.

For taking notes, there is no better program. This is not just a Toshiba issue. tecar