Toshiba launches Tecra C50 laptops for small- and medium-sized businesses

The new notebooks are the first introduced since the company announced it was shifting its PC focus away from consumers.

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Toshiba made waves about 10 days ago when it announced that it was moving its focus away from consumer PCs and laying off hundreds of workers . Instead, it is shifting its efforts toward business computers, and the company's first systems launched since that announcement are indeed laptops designed for small- and medium-sized businesses.

The new Tecra C50 lineup consists of a pair of value-priced 15.6-inch notebooks with the usual specs for such machine. Those include Intel Core processors, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, 1,366x768 screen resolution, and, somewhat surprisingly, a built-in DVD drive. As a result the C50 weighs 5 pounds, and Toshiba claims it gets roughly 7 hours of batter life.

Among connectivity features are a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a memory card reader. The laptops ship with Windows 7 installed, but you can put that DVD drive to use with the included Windows 8.1 discs to upgrade the OS if so desired.

The cheaper C50 will be priced at $579.99 and ship with a Core i3-4005U Haswell processor. For $120 more, you not only get a C50 with a Core i5-4210U CPU, but also a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2 for added data security. Both versions offer the Toshiba EasyGuard suite of security tools, including Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) to ensure increased durability. The company also guarantees the C50s against the failure of the display, hard drive, memory, or motherboard for the first six months of ownership, replacing your system with a new version for free. 

Further showing Toshiba's commitment to exiting the consumer PC experience, the new C50s will not be available through the company's website. Instead, business buyers can look for them through retailers like CDW, PC Connection, and Zones.