The Good Fast; great looks; built-in wireless; versatile media bay.
The Bad Pricey; quirky keyboard layout.
The Bottom Line The Tecra 9100 offers fast performance and cutting-edge features for business users, despite a high price and a quirky keyboard.
|Toshiba Tecra 9100 (Pentium 4-M 1.7 GHz||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)||Lenovo ThinkPad X230||Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2015)|
|Price||$2,824 MSRP||$3,499 Apple||$2,824 MSRP||$2,824 MSRP||$2,824 MSRP|
Toshiba Tecra 9100 (Pentium 4-M 1.7 GHz
Toshiba has added the new 2GHz version of the mobile Pentium 4-M to its thin-and-light Tecra 9100 notebook. Besides the new chip, this solid business notebook hasn't changed much from its predecessor, except that it's even more expensive. Additionally, the slick-looking, all-silver magnesium-alloy case now has a plastic base. But the notebook's smoking performance and wealth of cutting-edge features should make up for its quirks.Toshiba has added the new 2GHz version of the mobile Pentium 4-M to its thin-and-light Tecra 9100 notebook. Besides the new chip, this solid business notebook hasn't changed much from its predecessor, except that it's even more expensive. Additionally, the slick-looking, all-silver magnesium-alloy case now has a plastic base. But the notebook's smoking performance and wealth of cutting-edge features should make up for its quirks.
Slick and loaded
At 12.2 by 10.6 by 1.5 inches and 5.3 pounds (6 pounds with the power supply), the top-of-the-line, 2GHz Tecra 9100 is a midsized beauty. The well-equipped configuration starts with the 2GHz mobile Pentium 4-M, 512MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM (expandable to 1GB), and a 16MB S3 SuperSavage/IXC graphics chipset. You also get a decent-sized 40GB, 5,400rpm hard drive and a bright, 14.1-inch, TFT display with a 1,024x768 (XGA) native resolution. The plentiful connection options include an SD (Secure Digital) slot; dual Type II/single Type III PC Card slots; and modem, Ethernet, monitor, PS/2, four-pin FireWire; S-Video; and two USB ports. An external USB floppy drive costs extra. Antennae for 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth wireless networking are built into the lid, but you'll need to spend extra money for a module to complete the setup.
The Tecra 9100's modular Slim SelectBay is particularly useful for business users. The bay can accommodate a selection of Toshiba-manufactured devices, including a second battery or hard drive, as well as the 8X/24X/8X/8X combo DVD/CD-RW drive in our test unit and other flavors of optical drive.
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