It's hard to tell Toshiba's new Tecra and Satellite Pro models apart; that's actually quite deliberate. This is the Tecra S11... ...can you tell the difference from this Satellite Pro S500?
It's not just that Toshiba's proud of the new design, with its textured black surface that's rugged, scratch resistant, doesn't show every fingerprint - and doesn't slip out of your hand when you're carrying it. But keeping the look across the different ranges also minimises arguments in the office over whether my new laptop is obviously better than yours, Toshiba general manager Thomas Teckentrup pointed out to us.
That could actually work, because the different models look very similar. Confusingly so, in fact; the main difference between the 15.6" Tecra S11 and the 15.6" Satellite Pro S500 is that the Tecra comes with the choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, optional discrete graphics (Nvidia GeForce) and 128GB SSD where the Satellite has Core i3 or Core i5 and a spinning hard drive. The Tecra also has a fingerprint reader and the option of a non-glossy screen, which is welcome if you ever work anywhere near a window. Other similar Tecra models come with a 15.9" screen as the A11 or a 14" screen as the M11. (there's a new Core i5 version of Toshiba's convertible 12" tablet PC, updated as the Port