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Toshiba's Tecra C50 series laptops signal new push into SMB market

Michael Brown | Sept. 24, 2014
Toshiba's Tecra C50 series isn't just any new crop of laptops. The product line also marks a shift in the company's mission, as Toshiba seeks to broaden its business footprint.

The Tecra C50 is outfitted with both HDMI and VGA ports, so it's well suited to both new consumer displays and legacy monitors and video projectors. DisplayPort, on the other hand, is not supported, and the 15.6-inch display is a TN panel that delivers poor off-axis viewing and relatively low native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The machine does have three USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0), a gigabit ethernet port, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, a headset port, a media card reader, and a Kensington security-lock port.

The new C50 series laptops will be distributed exclusively through Ingram Micro, so Toshiba will not be offering them for direct sale from its online store. "We'll list the C50 series on our website, but with links to specialist resellers such as CDW," said Zwerling. "These resellers provide soup-to-nuts services to support small businesses, ranging from asset tagging to tech support. They can do image loads, perform monthly service updates to take care of the customer's anti-virus needs — they can even etch the lid."

We're benchmarking and battery-testing Toshiba's Tecra C50-B1503 now and will have a full hands-on review soon.


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