Dynabook, formerly PC division of Toshiba, today introduced its flagship Tecra laptop aimed at corporate, business, and education users. The Tecra X50 comes with a 15.6-inch IGZO laptop, weighs around 1.4 kilograms and can work for over 10 hours on one charge depending on the workload.
15.6-inch notebooks are considered as workhorses that spend most of their life on the desk, so very few companies try to make them truly lightweight and friendly to road warriors. Dynabook appears to be one of such companies, and at 1.42 kilograms, the Tecra X50 is among the lightest laptops featuring a 15.6-inch Full-HD IGZO screen on the market. The mobile PC uses an Onyx Blue magnesium alloy chassis featuring a 17.6 mm z-height, which explains how Dynabook has managed to reduce the weight of the Tecra X50 to the ballpark of a 13.3-inch class laptop. Magnesium alloy is of course stronger than plastic used for some ultra-low-weight 15.6-inch machines, so while the Tecra X50 is not the lightest 15.6-incher available today, it offers a combination of sturdy design and relatively low weight.
Inside the Tecra X50, there is up to Intel’s 8th Generation Core i7-8665U (Whiskey Lake) processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620 accompanied by up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory as well as an up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD. On the connectivity side of matters, the Tecra X50 features Intel’s Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technologies, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets.
Since the Tecra X50 is designed for corporate and business users, Dynabook put a lot of emphasis on manageability and security. The system can be powered by a vPro-enabled CPU, it has a TPM 2.0 chip inside, it has a Synaptics fingerprint reader, and an HD webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello as well as a privacy shutter.
Other features of the Dynabook Tecra X50 worth talking about include AccuPoint joystick-like pointing device, a spill-resistant keyboard, stereo speakers with harman/kardon badge, and a microphone array.
One of the key selling points of the Tecra X50 is its battery life. The machine comes with a built-in 48 Wh battery and this battery can power the machine for over 10 hours on one charge depending on the configuration and workload, according to Dynabook. Since the notebook uses an IGZO display that consumes a lower amount of power than traditional LCDs, it is logical to expect the Tecra X50 to last longer than competitors. Meanwhile, actual configuration matters a lot. Higher-end Tecra X50 notebooks with Intel’s Core i7, dual-channel memory, touch screen, and an advanced SSD will last for about 10:45 hours on one charge, which is rather good. Meanwhile, lower-end Core i3-based configs with 4 GB of RAM and a non-touch display can last for 17+ hours in the lab, according to Dynabook. Keep in mind that the test results were achieved only in the lab using MobileMark 2014, so the real world battery life is something that will depend on tasks, exact system specification, and other factors.
|Dynabook’s Tecra X50|
|Display||15.6″ 1920×1080 IGZO
15.6″ 1920×1080 IGZO with 10-point multitouch
|15.6″ 1920×1080 IGZO|
|CPU||up to Intel Core i7-8665U||Intel Core i3-8xxxU|
|Graphics||HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)||HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)|
|RAM||up to dual-channel 32 GB DDR4||4 GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 1 TB SSD (PCIe)||256 GB SSD|
|Wi-Fi||PLR33U-0KP004: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (802.11ac)
PLR33U-0KQ004: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax)
|USB 3.0||2 × USB 3.0 Type-A|
|TB3||2 × Type-C TB3/USB 3.1 ports (also used for charging, external display, etc.)|
|Other I/O||Webcam with RGB + IR sensors and shutter, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, anti-spill keyboard, AccuPoint joystick|
|Battery||48 Wh, up to 10 hours 45 minutes||48 Wh, up to 17+ hours|
|Dimensions||Thickness||17.6 mm | 0.69 inches|
|Width||359 mm | 14.1 inches|
|Depth||250 mm | 9.8 inches|
|Weight||Starting at 1.42 kg (3.13 lbs)|
Dynabook intends to start sales of the Tecra X50 in the near future at prices starting from $1,544.
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