Summary and Conclusion
The Tecra A11 held its own in many of the benchmark tests. It also handled multimedia with ease. Even though this is a business notebook, there's no denying that Toshiba has put some powerful components underneath the hood, including an Intel Core i7-620M processor and a NVIDIA NVS 2100M GPU with 512MB DDR3 discrete graphics memory.
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Considering these specs, however, we would have expected the A11 to perform slightly better in our gaming benchmark tests. We were also a bit disappointed in the battery life of the A11, though it's only reasonable to expect that such a powerful machine will gulp, not sip, power. At the end of the day, the A11 is a great machine for business users who are looking for some power and portability but who are willing to be near a power outlet or purchase a spare battery.
Recognizing business users want a good looking system that's not too flashy, Toshiba did a nice job with the A11's textured case. We also appreciated the A11's sturdy design, roomy keyboard, and multi-touch TouchPad.
As we mentioned earlier, the A11-S3540 we tested is the top model in the A11 lineup. As a result, you not only get the most power and performance, but you also get a higher price tag. For users who want an A11 but don't have $1,349 to spend for the top model, keep in mind there are other A11 models that may suit your needs and budget. Also, keep in mind the A11 comes with a limited three-year warranty whereas some of Toshiba's competitors ship their laptops with only a one-year limited warranty.