Dynabook's refreshed Tecra A40-K and A50-K laptops are built for modern hybrid workers

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What you need to know

  • Dynabook announced two new Tecra A-series business laptops.
  • The Tecra A40-K is 14 inches, while the Tecra A50-K is a 15.6-inch device.
  • These laptops are designed as workhorse PCs with plenty of power, security, and durability.
  • Prices start at $1,020 for the A40-K, $970 for the A50-K. Expect them to start shipping Q2 2022.

Dynabook has announced new 14-inch Tecra A40-K and new 15.6-inch Tecra A50-K laptops running Intel's 12th Gen "Alder Lake" processors (CPU). Both laptops can be equipped with Intel's P28W chips, with vPro and standard options available depending on your needs. They're backed by up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM with two SODIMM slots available, as well as up to a 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. There's no dedicated GPU; instead you're looking at Intel Iris Xe or Intel UHD integrated graphics. Both are available with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Pro.

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CategoryTecra A40-KTecra A50-K
OSWindows 10 Pro
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen Intel
Core i5-1240P
Core i5-1250P vPro
Core i7-1260P
Core i7-1270P vPro
Core i7-1280P vPro
12th Gen Intel
Core i5-1240P
Core i5-1250P vPro
Core i7-1260P
Core i7-1270P vPro
Core i7-1280P vPro
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4
Dual SODIMM slots
Up to 64GB DDR4
Dual SODIMM slots
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe
Intel UHD
Intel Iris Xe
Intel UHD
StorageUp to 1TB SSDUp to 1TB SSD
Display14 inches
16:9 aspect ratio
Anti-glare
1366x768 (HD)
1920x1080 (FHD)
TN, IPS, or IPS touch
15.6 inches
16:9 aspect ratio
Anti-glare
1366x768 (HD)
1920x1080 (FHD)
IPS, IPS touch
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
HDMI
RJ45 Ethernet
3.5mm audio
microSD card reader
Two Thunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
HDMI
RJ45 Ethernet
3.5mm audio
microSD card reader
AudioStereo speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
Stereo speakers
DTS Audio
Dual microphones
WirelessIntel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
Realtek Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2 or 5.0
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
Realtek Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
CameraIR camera
Privacy shutter
IR camera
Privacy shutter
KeyboardRaised tile
Spill resistant
Backlit
Raised tile
Spill resistant
Backlit
Number pad
SecurityTPM 2.0
Microsoft secured-core PC
Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Privacy shutter
Lock slot
Smart card reader (optional)
TPM 2.0
Microsoft secured-core PC
Fingerprint reader
IR camera
Privacy shutter
Lock slot
Smart card reader (optional)
Battery53Wh53Wh
Dimensions12.7 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
(323.6mm x 220.6mm x 18.9mm)
14.1 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
(358.2mm x 236.9mm x 19.9mm)
Weight3.2 pounds (1.45kg)3.64 pounds (1.65kg)
ColorDark BlueDark Blue
PriceFrom $1,020From $970

These laptops are designed to be workhorses that can withstand use above and beyond what you'd usually find in a normal office environment. Not only do the PCs come with MIL-STD-810H certification to prove their durability, they also come with an antimicrobial coating on the lid, palm rest, and bottom panel. There are a number of security measures baked in, including an IR camera and webcam shutter, fingerprint reader, TPM 2.0 chip, lock slot, and optional Smart Card reader. These are both Microsoft Secured-core PCs.

Ports are the same across the A40-K and the A50-K despite the size difference. You get dual Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1), HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a microSD card reader. Wireless connectivity is either Intel Wi-Fi 6E or Realtek Wi-Fi 6, with Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.2 depending on the modem.

The Tecra A40-K's 14-inch display comes in HD or FHD resolutions. The latter is available with a TN panel, and IPS panel, or an IPS touch panel. The Tecra A50-K's 15.6-inch display similarly comes in HD or FHD resolutions, with the higher-res screen being offered in touch and non-touch.

Both laptops come with Dynabook's Online Meeting software that leverages AI to improve video conferencing. It intelligently blurs backgrounds, adjusts lighting, and keeps your face centered. This is the same feature available in Dynabook's Portégé X30L, X30W, and X40L laptops announced March 3. As for warranty, you can expect one or three years of Dynabook +Care Service with on-site help for pre-built configs, or up to four years on custom builds.

The Tecra A40-K is expected to start at about $1,020. The Tecra A50-K is expected to start at about $970. They're expected to start shipping Q2 2022. Have a look at our picks for best business laptops to see how these new Dynabook PCs compare.