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Toshiba launches value-packed Tecra A2 notebook for small business

  • 16 June, 2004 09:53

<p>Toshiba launches value-packed Tecra A2 notebook for small business</p>
<p>Combination of features, performance and price resets the benchmark for the desktop replacement notebook</p>
<p>Sydney, 16th June 2004 – Australia’s mobile computing leader, Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited, Information Systems Division (ISD) today introduced the Tecra A2, a new value notebook, perfect for small to medium sized businesses (SMB). With extended battery life, high performance processing power and integrated multimedia drives, the Tecra A2 offers the latest technology at exceptional value.</p>
<p>“The rise in flexible working and the greater number of SOHOs is driving the adoption of desktop replacement PCs and users are demanding increasingly higher levels of performance and features from these notebooks to enhance business productivity,” said Matt Codrington, Product Marketing Manager, Toshiba ISD.</p>
<p>"With the launch of Tecra A2 we have focussed on staying one step ahead of the changing needs of our small business customers. The Tecra A2 replaces our popular Satellite A10 model, offering the price-performance options of the Tecra series to the Satellite’s traditional SMB and SOHO market.”</p>
<p>The Tecra A2 puts Toshiba ahead of the competition with its superior multimedia capability. One of the first notebooks available with a DVD SuperMulti CD-RW/DVD combination drive or DVD burner, it allows DVDs and CDs to be copied and viewed anywhere. The inclusion of either an ultra-sharp XGA screen at 15” or 14.1” size, Intel® GM graphics and Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound further optimises the user’s multimedia experience.</p>
<p>Featuring the latest Mobile Intel® Pentium® M or Intel® Celeron® M processor and with a standard battery life of up to 4.2 hours, all four models in the series deliver high levels of performance and reliability. Also helping to maximise productivity is the full range of expansion and connectivity features including a PC Card slot, four USB 2.0 ports, an international V.90 modem and a 10/100 Mbit Ethernet LAN port. The docking capability of the Tecra A2 adds to the notebook’s SMB credentials.</p>
<p>With Intel 802.11g offered on selected Tecra A2 models, the new line signals the mainstream introduction of wireless to this space. Toshiba’s unique ConfigFree™ software comes pre-installed with the Tecra A2 to simplify automatic connection to multiple wired and wireless network profiles for users who move between various work locations.</p>
<p>Tecra A2’s combination of features and price makes it a compelling product for value-conscious buyers. The stylish metallic silver notebook also comes with Toshiba’s high-level service and warranty cover as standard, providing peace-of-mind for SMB buyers. It is bundled with software including Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Microsoft Office OneNote®, as well as Toshiba ConfigFree™, providing purchasers with a business-ready machine from the shop floor.</p>
<p>Pricing and availability</p>
<p>The Tecra A2 series is available from Toshiba’s network of resellers. There are four models to choose from with prices starting at AU$1,595 inc. GST. To coincide with the launch of this product, Toshiba also has a number of productivity and accounting software bundles to assist SMB customers in their business. For more information, visit or call the Toshiba Sales Centre on 13 30 70.</p>
Mobile Intel® Celeron® M Processor at 1.3 or 1.4GHz; or
Mobile Intel® Pentium® M Processor at 1.5 or 1.6GHz</p>
<p>Hard Disk
40GB or 60GB capacity (4200rpm)</p>
256MB or 512MB</p>
14.1" TFT Active Matrix XGA 1024x768 resolution; or
15" TFT Active Matrix XGA 1024x768 resolution</p>
Intel® 855GME UMA</p>
<p>Video Memory
16-64 MB (Dynamic Video Memory Allocation)</p>
<p>Optical Drive
DVD/CD-RW, DVD-R-RW or DVD SuperMulti (DVD±R±RW, DVD-RAM)</p>
Stereo Speakers, AC'97 Software Sound</p>
1 x Type II PC card slots, parallel, RGB, 2 x USB 2.0, V.90 modem, 10/100 LAN, headphone port, microphone port, Expansion Bus for Port Replicator</p>
V.90/V.92 Data + Fax Modem; Intel® ICH4-M integrated LAN 10/100 TX Ethernet; Integrated Intel 802.11a/b/g (selected models)</p>
Up to 8 hrs on primary battery</p>
338.11mm(W) x 274.22mm(D) x 26.80/37.92mm(H)
Silver metallic finish</p>
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional SP1; Toshiba management console; Microsoft Office OneNote® 2003; Intervideo WIN DVD Creator 2 Platinum; RecordNow!CD+DVD authoring software; Intervideo WIN DVD; Toshiba ConfigFree™; Adobe Acrobat Reader</p>
1 year international parts and labour with Domestic on-site courier pick-up and return service</p>
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<p>About Toshiba
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis. With notebook market share of 24.3% (according to IDC’s Q3 2003 figures), Toshiba ISD is comfortably the Australian market share market leader.</p>
<p>Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
<p>Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba</p>
<p>Issued by Howorth Communications on behalf of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, Information Systems Division.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom:</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:
Elizabeth Dawson or Caroline Hendra Annette Horst
Howorth Communications Toshiba Australia Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 8281 3810 Ph: 02 9887 6021
Email: Email:</p>

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