The Toshiba Tecra R850-10R is neither the fastest, cheapest nor most full-featured of business laptops. But it’s a good all-rounder for anyone that may be desk-bound most of the time but requires a system that can occasionally travel too.

It also offers decent performance, an Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core chip helping to power the Toshiba Tecra R850-10R to a solid WorldBench 6 score of 128 points. 

There's little to set it apart from the opposition in the spec – 4GB of RAM is standard while the 320GB hard drive is relatively small these days. It is a faster 7200rpm type, though, and so should offer slightly improved performance over standard 5400rpm units. 

There's a DVD±DL optical drive and a decent selection of ports, including one USB 3.0, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo, two USB 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort. VGA for hooking up to older monitors. 

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Battery life is particularly impressive, with the Tecra managing just over seven hours in our tests. And usablility is rather good – the keyboard keys are well-spaced, with a numeric keypad to the right. All the important keys – Return, Backspace, Spacebar and right-Shift button are all of a good size, as are the Cursor keys. 

The touchpad of the Toshiba Tecra R850-10R is easy to use and should you favour a trackpoint there's one here too; you can also turn the touchpad off easily with a button just below the Spacebar.

The Toshiba Tecra R850-10R's screen is a cracker. Although colour depth and sharpness are slightly compromised by the anti-glare coating, it is still eminently usable and won't reflect ambient light into your eyes.

The overall design is plain and unfussy, which is perfect for a work-focused laptop. Build quality is satisfactory, if plasticky.

One downside is its lack of a dedicated graphics chip, meaning that it won't be so useful for work involving professional graphics manipulation – design or 3D modelling programs, for example.

Toshiba Tecra R850-10R: Specs

  • 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core
  • 15.6in matt LED-backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 320GB HDD 7200rpm SATA
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • DisplayPort, VGA
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack/mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 combo
  • DVD±RW DL
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/MS Pro/xD webcam, fingerprint reader
  • 66Wh lithium-ion removable
  • 428 minutes MobileMark 2007 Productivity
  • 128 points WorldBench 6
  • 379 x 252 x 25mm
  • 2.44kg
  • 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core
  • 15.6in matt LED-backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 320GB HDD 7200rpm SATA
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • DisplayPort, VGA
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack/mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 combo
  • DVD±RW DL
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/MS Pro/xD webcam, fingerprint reader
  • 66Wh lithium-ion removable
  • 428 minutes MobileMark 2007 Productivity
  • 128 points WorldBench 6
  • 379 x 252 x 25mm
  • 2.44kg

OUR VERDICT

Toshiba's Tecra R850-10R is arguably just a bit too big for someone who needs to take their laptop with them everywhere, but it’s well-suited as a desktop replacement that can still be mobile. Build quality isn't as robust as some others in this category, though its performance is good, providing you don't need to use graphics-intensive applications.

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