The keyboard feel is poor for a business system. This is common among manufacturers, but most first time users do not know this. The battery is located in the rear of the machine, and can be easily removed for replacement or changing. For those business users that have apps that do not run properly on SP2, you might want to keep those old install disks and go back to XP Pro SP1. Visit our network of sites: The A3 also tends to get warmer than most other machines in its class. It is a 6-cell, so the traveling man will want to purchase a spare for long travel times.

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It automatically configures to multiple networks and allows for greater security features, although SP2 has brought Home pretty much up to spec in this regard. It is not as heavy as a mainstream or DTR, but tecta is also not the lightest system you can purchase. Windows wireless connection icons are mixed with Toshiba connection icons.

Internet Explorer is equally as slow in opening. 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. InterVideo 5 comes preinstalled, and is the preeminent decoder available at this time.

External Design Upon opening the system, you will notice that this system is not designed to be a revolution in external design. This version of XP is s3-s611 with SP2 as well. Left side of Toshiba Tecra Gecra with drive open view larger image. It is not so easy to replace a motherboard and CPU, if at all possible. By default, though, the wireless card is turned off upon shipping. This limits the amount of information that flows between the CPU and the rest of the system.


Toshiba Tecra A3 Left Side View The battery is located in the rear of the machine, and can be easily removed for replacement or changing.

While this might be a picky subject to some, others, especially those who use z3-s611 systems in a business environment, will immediately have IBM-envy when it comes to the keyboard. Pentium Ms have never been known as a multitasking device, and this notebook does not dispel this notion.

These two major deficiencies do show on applications, as we will discuss later. Unfortunately, I will not be able to do so with this particular system, as the computer itself is hobbled by its supporting hardware. Once applications are open, however, they tend to run relatively smoothly. There is even an IR port for your older PDAs or other similar devices that came before the bluetooth era which this machine also has.

The first and largest button is the power button, which is framed in a matrix green.

Toshiba Tecra A3 Review (pics, specs)

There are two icons for the touchpad. Capability Now we come to the crux of the matter-how does the system function. For business people, this is an ideal secondary or travel system, with a no-nonsense appearance and approach. The battery is located in the rear of the machine, and can be easily removed for replacement or changing.

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There are three small buttons above the keyboard.

Toshiba Tecra A3 Specs – CNET

The display is one of, if not THE, best features of this notebook. Toshiba Tecra A3 Keyboard view larger image. If you already have a license for Office SB, then you can enter it into the activation screen. Napster is even integrated into WMP The modem icon is omni-present, even though most users will rarely even use the modem. Graphics-wise, the system will replace the AGP slot, providing faster speeds and two-way communications with future graphics cards. Finally, the display is nothing less than fantastic for a notebook of this price.

The large number of running processes, coupled with the slow hard drive and low amount of RAM, slows opening apps to a crawl.

Toshiba Tecra A3-S611 15in. Notebook/Laptop – Customized

This helps tedra cover up some of the weaknesses of the actual controller itself. There is a parallel port for connecting to older printers, and a serial port. The layout is relatively standard and spaced well for touch-typists, but the delete button is in a strange position next to the space key.

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