The left-hand side carries a volume wheel and the audio jacks, then the USB and eSATA/USB ports. Behind these are an air vent and a VGA connector for an external monitor.
The back edge is covered by the bottom of the screen section when the laptop is in use and so is free of connectors. The sloping front section houses an SD card slot. This is located well beneath the curve of the casing and isn't visible when the laptop is on a desk. It's slightly to the left of the fingerprint sensor. If Toshiba had built the slot in line with the sensor, it would have been much easier to find. As it is, you may need to lift the laptop from the table to place a card in the slot.
The R10-112's Windows Experience Index scores were slightly disappointing, although the overall score was lowered by the integrated graphics. The overall rating of 3.5 (out of 5.9) corresponds to the lowest sub-system score, which was for graphics (desktop performance for Windows Aero). Gaming graphics (3D business and gaming graphics performance) was the next lowest component score, at 3.7.
The remaining Windows Experience Index scores were all healthily over 5: RAM (memory operations per second) scored 5.1, processor (calculations per second) scored 5.2, and primary hard disk (disk data-transfer rate) scored 5.3.
All this adds up to a system that's well capable of handling mainstream tasks, but you'd be wise to avoid graphically demanding workloads unless you're prepared to put up with sub-par performance.
Toshiba quotes a battery life of up to 5.5 hours, using MobileMark 2007. In our tests, we charged the battery, chose the balanced power-management scheme and then set the laptop to play a DVD, which it did for 2 hours and 18 minutes. Clearly, in real-world usage, you're likely to need to recharge the system during an 8-hour working day, or carry a spare battery if you need a full day's mains-free operation. A six-cell 5,100mAh battery will cost you around another £100.
The Toshiba Tecra R10-112 is an attractive 14-inch ultra-portable laptop with a particularly good display and decent performance. Its design, however, is short on space for ports and connectors, while the keyboard has too much flex for comfort.
Additional editing by Charles Kloet