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Toshiba has launched its new Tecra A4 series of notebooks, which are the first Tecra models to feature wide-screen displays. These screens look set to appeal to movie buffs plus video editors will appreciate the new range’s DVD Super Multi Drives, which can be used to playback and copy CDs and DVDs.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  April 10, 2005

Toshiba has launched its new Tecra A4 series of notebooks, which are the first Tecra models to feature wide-screen displays. These screens look set to appeal to movie buffs plus video editors will appreciate the new range’s DVD Super Multi Drives, which can be used to playback and copy CDs and DVDs. The Tecra A4 notebooks incorporate the new ExpressCard standard card slot, which allows upgraders to upgrade and add extra components while using less power than traditional PCMCIA cards, according to Toshiba. The notebooks come with Toshiba's EasyGuard Advanced technology built-in. Designed to protect laptops from hard knocks and drops by absorbing shocks, this uses a 3D accelerometer to pick up sudden acceleration (such as in the case of a notebook being dropped), whereupon hard disk drive (HDD) protection circuitry ensures that the drive heads are parked the instant something untoward happens, keeping data safe. Additional security features include XD Bit technology, which helps prevent buffer overflow virus attacks, as well as password utilities to protect the system, hard drive and BIOS. Toshiba’s aptly named ‘Protect and Fix’ meanwhile offers powerful data back-up functionality, helping users store back-up copies on an external hard disk drive, CD, DVD and other storage mediums. On the connectivity front, users are offered three USB ports, one PCMCIA Card slot, a TV-out jack for presentation and viewing ease, and a Firewire port. The A4 series currently comprises two models – the Tecra A4-109 (costing $2,385) and the $2,115 Tecra A4-108.

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