Toshiba Tecra X40 E 1442 (8350U, 8GB) Ultra-Thin Laptop Review

Toshiba Tecra X40 E is one of the earliest company’s device which shipped with Intel 8th generation CPU. It takes them really long time and almost nearly 8 months to make an upgrade. Thankfully what we are waiting for here is worthy as the manufacture provides so much upgrade included its performance, connectivity, display, LTE, and better storage. For under 1500 dollars, I think the specification is impressive to take look considering its competitors like Dell, ASUS, and Acer put the same price for their high end systems. If you look for something sturdy and powerful then you should be in the right way here.

Similarly like they do last year, they sport the design with magnesium alloy that considered as the lightest and toughest material available right now. This is a good reason why the weight is really light and comparable with LG Gram 13 13Z980. The design itself is not having much changed and the previous generation and now look very similar. Today, we are going to take a look further on its new model and see how it works on satisfying our needs. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case Impression

The case might be considered as light and thin, but the quality is number one here. Despite its thin material, the chassis shares an amazing durability and resist to heavy pressure really nicely. Pressing the center base with some amount of power won’t make it warped easily. They also add more impressive finishing with either of silver and blue one depending on your model. The design can easily make the Tecra stands out among the competitors as I never see similar one here. Japan is probably well known for their quality for many years and Toshiba really proofs it well here.

As I see and messing around with the chassis, I never find any wrong or unfinished touch here. Everything is well built and flex is completely gone even on the deck or keyboard area. The laptop has received of MIL STD 810G durability rating and means it has passed of several durability tests to ensure of the durability. I just really hope the lid can be less flexible as twisting it could be done pretty easily here. This is the only complaint I have here, but overall the design is beautiful and yet sturdy at the same time. The improvement is minor, but they make almost everything in such a good manner.

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Connectivity and Maintenance

Toshiba Tecra X40 E 1442 2 In term of connectivity, you will need of extra adapter which sold separately here. There are two Thunderbolt 3 that should offer fast and more efficient way for transferring your data. Surprisingly, there is even a single USB 3.0 which considered as impressive considering how thin the chassis. As the companions, then we have of micro SD reader, smart card, HDMI, headphone jack, and LTE slot (on some models). The charging is done through its USB type-C and there is a huge chance you only need to carry a single charger here as it basically uses the same charging method like any modern smartphone right now.

The upgrade support is something almost impossible to do at smaller machine, but here we amazingly could make into its back cover and upgrading some parts. The RAM slot is easily accessible and users are able to put bigger memory here. The same goes to SSD although the access is harder to find here. Surprisingly, the battery is removable also and I think this is a nice feature since you won’t need anyone to replace the battery. I guess manufactures should started offer easier maintenance access like what Toshiba does here.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:58:31

Toshiba Tecra X40 E 1442Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I5-8350U 1.7 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card 620
Display Size14 Inch Full HD IPS
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 256GB NVMe SSD

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Multimedia and Workability Performance

Yet, Toshiba equips the machine with good range accuracy display, but looks poor in term of brightness. The panel overall distribute of 244 nits of brightness and far than what its competitors offer here. Lenovo and ASUS even put of up to 300 nits one and looks incredible during the days. Low brightness means a bad nightmare for users considering it looks bad in outdoor usage. Thankfully, the 14 inch panel uses of 1920 x 1080p resolution and I am not giving much further complaint here. The quality they have here is still very acceptable and works easily for both of work and multimedia purposes.

As for the performance, this is probably the biggest selling point here. In compared to their previous generation machine, the performance is now better especially considering the processor now has quad core CPU and no longer dual core. The I5 8350U processor is slightly more powerful than the standard I5 8250U and featuring of higher clock rate at 1.7 GHz. For doing any activities, I have no problem at all and even rendering a 1080p video is never being a problem here. If you keep yourself for making an upgrade to your laptop, then this is a good chance to do an upgrade.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:58:31
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Final Thought

Once again, I will never change my impression about Toshiba’s laptop and basically they always provide of many good systems which coming with really acceptable price. What we see in Tecra X40E might be considered as minor for some users, but believe or not everything looks better right now especially in performance. Yet, you might have difference opinion about it. I recommend checking it further and finding out how it works on you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to leave some comments below for further assistance regarding the article.




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