Toshiba Tecra X40
The Toshiba Tecra X40 is an ultrathin 14.1-inch premium business notebook that’s great on paper but better during use. While it looks slick and packs fast storage and processors, its keyboard is an even added boost for ease of use and its battery life is significantly good for on the go computing.
The Toshiba Tecra X40 looks black from far away, but up close, you realize that its sleek brushed-metal, magnesium-alloy chassis is a dark onyx blue. The notebook also feels durable, barely flexing when gripped tightly.
The keyboard has flat chiclet keys with good travel, particularly when compared with the stiff key action of the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch. It’s not quite as comfy as the Lenovo ThinkPad T470, but I was comfortable typing over a full workday. There are a few quirks, such as a smaller-than-usual row of function keys, including the Home/End/Ins/Del keys on the upper right. The volume controls are awkward; you have to hold the Fn key and tap the 3 or 4 key in the number row. Touch typists may object to the relatively narrow right shift key flanked by tiny PgUp/PgDn keys. If you use your right pinky to activate the shift key, you’ll likely mistype capital letters. The one-piece touchpad and blue-capped pointing stick are right where you’d expect them.