Toshiba launches new SMB notebook

Tecra C50 takes enterprise-level PC down to the midsize and small business market.

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While Toshiba may be getting out of the consumer PC market, they’re ramping up efforts to provide hardware for the small-to-midsize business market. The company today announced the Tecra C50, which the company says will offer the same performance of enterprise-class PCs but at an SMB price-point ($579.99). The new notebook will be sold exclusively through Ingram Micro, Toshiba says.

Features of the C50 include a 15.6-inch display, options of either an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and 7-hour battery life. The system includes a built-in DVD drive, Kensington lock, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac), full-size HDMI and VGA ports and a full-size keyboard and 10-key numeric keypad.

Toshiba says the price point is competitive with offerings from competitors such as HP and Lenovo, and the additional business-ready options (such as the lock, VGA ports and Windows 7 downgrade option -- systems come with Windows 8.1 but companies can go back to Windows 7 if they want) should appeal to those looking for a notebook beyond the consumer systems. While BYOD policies may apply to things like smartphones and tablets, the company says they haven’t seen similar changes within the PC market – that most companies still prefer having a standardized PC system for their employees.

As another selling point for SMBs, Toshiba is introducing its “Toshiba Quality Guarantee” for the C50 notebooks – “If the LCD panel, hard drive, memory or system foard fails within the first six months of ownership, Toshiba will replace the entire unit with a new Tecra C50.”

The new systems are now available – the Core i3 model starts at $579.99, and the Core i5 model starts at $699.99 – through Ingram Micro’s reseller network, which also includes CDW, PC Connection and Zones, Inc., Toshiba says.

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