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Toshiba launches the R9 business laptop range


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Toshiba UK today announced the launch of the R9 Series – three new premium business laptops with industry leading features and advanced management functionality.


Comprising the ultraportable 33.8cm (13.3”) Portégé R930, the mobile 35.6cm (14”) Tecra R940 and the high performance 39.6cm (15.6”) Tecra R950, the R9 series is a highly reliable collection of business laptops in a variety of screen sizes and specifications. Designed to cater for large corporations, SMBs or individual professionals, the R9 range also features advanced security measures to help protect files from theft, unwanted access and online intrusion.

Powerful and well connected
A unique air-flow cooling system on the Portégé R930 allows full-voltage processors to be used, despite its incredibly compact design. Featuring 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, up to 16GB of RAM and optional dedicated AMD Radeon® graphics, the R9 Series is capable of handling multiple demanding tasks and running graphic-heavy applications with ease.

All R9 Series models feature an optical disk drive, up to four USB ports, including two USB 3.0, a SmartCard reader, VGA and HDMI® outputs, ensuring connectivity isn’t compromised. All-day battery life on each model is ideally suited to long-haul journeys, full days out of the office or working in remote conditions without access to mains power. The Tecra R950 is also suited to office workers looking for a powerful, large screen alternative to a desktop PC.

Streamlined and robust
Each model in the R9 Series features a smart, elegant and slim look, designed to match recent generations of the Portégé and Tecra lines – delivering a common laptop aesthetic throughout the entire taskforce. Improved ergonomics across the new range include a tiled keyboard with a matte-black finish, reducing unattractive fingerprint marks on the keys, and a larger AccuPoint tracker on both Tecras for additional control.

Constructed using a lightweight but durable chassis, the R9 Series is perfect for professionals requiring a laptop able to withstand the rigours of frequent travel. The Portégé R930 also features a sturdy magnesium alloy chassis, strengthened with an ultra-resilient honeycomb structure, helping to absorb impact from accidental drops. A spill-resistant keyboard is standard on each Portégé R930, protecting internal components from damage and allowing users additional time to save important documents and fully shut down the computer.

Each R9 model has been through exhaustive Highly Accelerated Life Tests (HALT), conducted by the independent German test institute TÜV Rheinland®. As part of the process, samples are put through several extreme situations, including temperature variations, resistance to shocks, repetitive vibration and pressure tests – resulting in a premium range of laptops with exceptionally low failure rates.

Safe and secure
In addition to the streamlined hardware, each model in the R9 Series also shares a common software platform – including the BIOS, operating system, firmware and security features, simplifying updates and troubleshooting tasks for IT managers and administrators.

Featuring a TPM security module as standard across all Portégé and Tecra models, the R9 range comes equipped with advanced encryption capabilities, keeping important documents safe in the event of theft, or if the laptop goes missing. Available with self-encrypting drives (SEDs), the laptop automatically encrypts all data stored on the HDD, without having to rely on additional software or the operating system, eliminating any impact on the overall system performance. Additionally, each R9 laptop includes Intel® Anti-Theft™ firmware, allowing IT managers or individual users to add remote security services to the laptop, enabling remote shutdown, tracking or further encryption.

Toshiba R9 Series details

  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Optical disk drive
  • Up to 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • Compatible with all Hi-Speed Port Replicator II docks
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth® 4.0, optional 3G HSPA Mobile Broadband
  • Intel® Wireless Display support
  • Up to 500GB HDD or up to 256GB SSD
  • Energy Star® 5.0 qualified
  • Windows 7 Pro

Portégé R930


  • 33.8cm (13.3”) HD screen with LED backlighting or High Brightness display (1366 x 768)
  • Intel® HD 4000 graphics
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA/USB, VGA, HDMI®
  • Dimensions: 316 x 227 x 18.3 (front) / 26.6 (back) mm
  • Weight: starting at 1.5kg
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • Up to 9 hours battery life

Tecra R940

Toshiba Tecra R940 (7)

  • 35.6cm (14.0”) HD screen non-reflective display with LED backlighting or High Resolution display (1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900)
  • Intel® HD 4000 graphics, optional dedicated AMD Radeon® HD graphics
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA/USB, VGA, DisplayPort, Gigabit LAN, SD Card reader
  • Dimensions: 341 x 239 x 19.9 (front) / 27.6 (back) mm
  • Weight: starting at 1.99kg
  • 1MP webcam
  • Up to 9 hours battery life

Tecra R950


  • 39.6cm (15.6”) HD screen non-reflective display with LED backlighting or optional High Resolution display (1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900)
  • Intel® HD 4000 graphics, optional dedicated AMD Radeon® HD graphics
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA/USB, VGA, DisplayPort, Gigabit LAN, SD Card reader
  • Dimensions: 375 x 252 x 20.8 (front) / 25.4 (back) mm
  • Weight: starting at 2.4kg
  • 1MP webcam
  • Up to 7 hours battery life

The Toshiba R9 Series will be available from Q3 2012 from £899 (TPP).

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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