Conclusion: If your priorities include saving money, having a sleek notebook, and getting long battery life, you might be better off with the Samsung QX410. But if performance, sound quality, a Blu-ray player, and other key features, such as Sleep-and-Charge, are paramount, we don’t think you’ll find a better deal—at least for now—at this size and price than the Toshiba Satellite M645-4118X.
Pros: Outstanding audio, Strong productivity and graphics performance, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 port
Summary: The Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 has a great combination of audio/video quality and fast graphics, but its short battery life compromises the equation on what's otherwise a rock-solid midrange laptop.
Pros: Nvidia Optimus graphics; great Harman Kardon speakers.
Summary: In an era when you can get a budget Core i3 notebook for less than $600 and a mainstream system with Core i5 for $700 to $800, we've come to demand more from notebooks with price tags over $1,000. And the Satellite M645 gives you more in the form of great audio quality and above-average graphics performance.