Dynaboook Reveals Tecra X50: A Lightweight 15.6-Inch Laptop with a 10+ Hrs Battery Lifeby Anton Shilov on September 6, 2019 11:00 AM EST
Dynabook, formerly PC division of Toshiba, today introduced its flagship Tecra laptop aimed at corporate, business, and education users. The Tecra X50 comes with a 15.6-inch IGZO laptop, weighs around 1.4 kilograms and can work for over 10 hours on one charge depending on the workload.
15.6-inch notebooks are considered as workhorses that spend most of their life on the desk, so very few companies try to make them truly lightweight and friendly to road warriors. Dynabook appears to be one of such companies, and at 1.42 kilograms, the Tecra X50 is among the lightest laptops featuring a 15.6-inch Full-HD IGZO screen on the market. The mobile PC uses an Onyx Blue magnesium alloy chassis featuring a 17.6 mm z-height, which explains how Dynabook has managed to reduce the weight of the Tecra X50 to the ballpark of a 13.3-inch class laptop. Magnesium alloy is of course stronger than plastic used for some ultra-low-weight 15.6-inch machines, so while the Tecra X50 is not the lightest 15.6-incher available today, it offers a combination of sturdy design and relatively low weight.
Inside the Tecra X50, there is up to Intel’s 8th Generation Core i7-8665U (Whiskey Lake) processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620 accompanied by up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory as well as an up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD. On the connectivity side of matters, the Tecra X50 features Intel’s Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technologies, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets.
Since the Tecra X50 is designed for corporate and business users, Dynabook put a lot of emphasis on manageability and security. The system can be powered by a vPro-enabled CPU, it has a TPM 2.0 chip inside, it has a Synaptics fingerprint reader, and an HD webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello as well as a privacy shutter.
Other features of the Dynabook Tecra X50 worth talking about include AccuPoint joystick-like pointing device, a spill-resistant keyboard, stereo speakers with harman/kardon badge, and a microphone array.
One of the key selling points of the Tecra X50 is its battery life. The machine comes with a built-in 48 Wh battery and this battery can power the machine for over 10 hours on one charge depending on the configuration and workload, according to Dynabook. Since the notebook uses an IGZO display that consumes a lower amount of power than traditional LCDs, it is logical to expect the Tecra X50 to last longer than competitors. Meanwhile, actual configuration matters a lot. Higher-end Tecra X50 notebooks with Intel's Core i7, dual-channel memory, touch screen, and an advanced SSD will last for about 10:45 hours on one charge, which is rather good. Meanwhile, lower-end Core i3-based configs with 4 GB of RAM and a non-touch display can last for 17+ hours in the lab, according to Dynabook. Keep in mind that the test results were achieved only in the lab using MobileMark 2014, so the real world battery life is something that will depend on tasks, exact system specification, and other factors.
|Dynabook's Tecra X50|
|Display||15.6" 1920×1080 IGZO
15.6" 1920×1080 IGZO with 10-point multitouch
|15.6" 1920×1080 IGZO|
|CPU||up to Intel Core i7-8665U||Intel Core i3-8xxxU|
|Graphics||HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)||HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)|
|RAM||up to dual-channel 32 GB DDR4||4 GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 1 TB SSD (PCIe)||256 GB SSD|
|Wi-Fi||PLR33U-0KP004: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (802.11ac)
PLR33U-0KQ004: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax)
|USB 3.0||2 × USB 3.0 Type-A|
|TB3||2 × Type-C TB3/USB 3.1 ports (also used for charging, external display, etc.)|
|Other I/O||Webcam with RGB + IR sensors and shutter, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, anti-spill keyboard, AccuPoint joystick|
|Battery||48 Wh, up to 10 hours 45 minutes||48 Wh, up to 17+ hours|
|Dimensions||Thickness||17.6 mm | 0.69 inches|
|Width||359 mm | 14.1 inches|
|Depth||250 mm | 9.8 inches|
|Weight||Starting at 1.42 kg (3.13 lbs)|
Dynabook intends to start sales of the Tecra X50 in the near future at prices starting from $1,544.
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B166ER - Friday, September 6, 2019 - linkI'm trippin tho, the need for people to have all-day battery power in a machine, like where are u where u cant plugin for at least an hr? And more to the point what are u doing that requires u to be like, "there's no electricity, but let me finish this project.... OH NOES MY LAPTOP DIEDED!!"
goatfajitas - Friday, September 6, 2019 - linkAirport, airplane, taxi etc. Alot of business users travel alot where it can be either inconvenient or impossible to plug in.
Rookierookie - Friday, September 6, 2019 - linkNo need to carry a charger when you go out, just for starters.
Drkrieger01 - Friday, September 6, 2019 - linkA charger for a notebook such as this would only be a 45W charger at most, which are very light weight and typically fairly compact. The largest I've seen are the Lenovo 45W bricks, but even those will wrap up into a decently small package and are no more than 2 lbs
Rookierookie - Saturday, September 7, 2019 - linkWhich is the difference between being able to just carry your laptop in your hand or needing to carry a bag.
bubblyboo - Friday, September 6, 2019 - linkYou type like you're high.
As with phones, not everyone wants to charge in the middle of the day. My phone lasts the full day and once I get home I set it on the dock to charge overnight. Same deal with laptops. When I buy a new one I want it to last the whole day so I don't need to spend an hour tethered to the wall in the middle of the day to charge.
Tams80 - Saturday, September 7, 2019 - linkPeople on business trips? People who don't tend to be in one office and move around all day? Students, particularly working libraries; where the war for access to power sockets is intense and can get very nasty? People who just don't want to have to charge their laptop every day? People travelling?
I just don't get why people like you complain. There are options for you, get those. Let the rest of use who want long battery life (or whatever feature) have it and stop trying to have it taken away. The world is bigger than your little bubble.
PeachNCream - Friday, September 6, 2019 - linkMinor quibble - given the size it could reasonably have a numeric keypad.
Stele - Sunday, September 8, 2019 - link^^ This. If it's a workhorse it'll likely be used for figures and spreadsheets, and this is indispensable - expected, even, on a 15-incher upwards. All that wasted real estate on the top cover - perhaps needed to retain structural strength if they made it paper thin (Mg alloy or not) to keep the weight down. Oh well, I guess you'll have to use the weight and space saved from not needing to carry an adapter to pack an external keypad :P
MamiyaOtaru - Sunday, September 8, 2019 - link"Dynaboook"? (title)