Toshiba tecra r840 vs dell latitude e5420


Dec 31, 2011
Hi, i have been offered the choice of 2 laptops to replace a stolen one, could anyone please tell me which is better, any known faults and problems, etc. I have no luck with computers, had 2 stolen and now my destop has broken... ahhh... please help the quicker i give them an answer the quicker i get my laptop :)

Toshiba Tecra R840 PT42GA-003002

all specs are on the above link, the dell ill copy the specs as its got different options selected as a custom build.

Dell Latitude E5420
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2520M (2.5GHz, 3M cache) with Turbo Boost Technology
14.0" HD (1366x768) Anti-glare LED Panel
Palm Rest - Single Pointing, Touchpad only
Integrated FHD (2MP) Webcam with Digital Microphone
LCD Back Cover - WLAN (3x3) Ready
System Driver, Latitude E5420
Dell Client System Update
Dell Data Protection Access
No Diagnostic/Recovery CD media
No Quick-Reference Guideline
End User License Agreement (English/Indonesian/Thai/Cambodian)
Power Cord for 3-pin Adapter (ANZ)
Shipment Box without Carry Case
Dell Feature Enhancement Pack (DFEP)
Dell Webcam Central Software Media Kit
Dell Webcam Central Software
2GB (1x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
250GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
Windows Live Essentials
Optical Drive Bezel - DVD+/-RW
8X DVD+/-RW Drive
Roxio(R) Creator Starter
Roxio(R) Creator Starter Media Kit
CyberLink PowerDVD(TM) 9.5 Media Kit
CyberLink PowerDVD(TM) 9.5
6-cell (60Wh) Primary Battery
Integration Information
Order Ready ProSupport Tag
ProSupport Service Label
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 Processor Label 1
Regulatory Label - 90W Adapter
Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000 with PC Card Slot
90W AC Adapter - 3-pin
Internal 56K Modem
Internal Modem Cable
Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6205 (802.11 a/b/g/n) Half Mini Card
Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth Module
Internal Single Pointing Keyboard with Anti-microbial Protection (English)
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Label
Windows(R) 7 Professional COA Label
Windows(R) 7 QFE
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Professional 32-bit (English)
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Professional 32-bit (English)
No OS Media Kit
Microsoft(R) Office Starter 2010
Dell Backup and Recovery Manager (DBRM) V1.3 for Windows 7
No Installation Service Required
Future Technical Support
# Limited Warranty: Extended Year 2 - 3 (NBD)
# Limited Warranty: Extended Year 2 - 3 (POW)
ProSupport for IT: 7x24 Technical Support & Assistance for IT Staff: 3Yr
# Limited Warranty: Initial Year (NBD)
# Limited Warranty: Initial Year (POW)
3Yr ProSupport: NBD Onsite Service
ProSupport: NBD Onsite Service, 3Yr

there is a possibility that i can choose another dell up to the value of this one $1,332.45 incl GST , the toshiba i collect from a jbhifi store store but the dell is being ordered from the dell site so unsure if i can perhaps alter the order after a cheque is sent, would need to check with dell...

Thanks Paula


Dec 31, 2011
Thanks :)

was just some minor differences,

the latitude has 4 usb 2 ports, the toshiba has 2 usb2 and 1 usb3 port,

Toshiba 320GB (7200rpm) SATA, Dell 250GB 7200

toshiba states 1 free ram slot, dell doesnt say

Toshiba has has the finger print reader,

One on site warranty the other courier next day

and the toshiba has both 32 and 64 bit where as the dell is only 32 bit

cant see much more than that



Dec 31, 2011
lol maybe i have just answered my own question, if theres no difference in quality or known problems then perhaps the answer was in my previous


"and the toshiba has both 32 and 64 bit where as the dell is only 32 bit"
Not really - you get a choice, but only one is included. Same as Dell.

Dell has 1 free RAM slot also:" 2GB (1x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM

There is nothing between them to choose one over the other.


Dec 31, 2011
yes didnt think of that, i was more looking at the specs, just rechecked the warrantys

Dell is 3 yr prosupport, NBD onsite service, Unsure if thats just to diagnose or for all warranty

3 yr warranty

Toshiba is courier pick up and delivery
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