Conclusion: Call the S4310 what it is: an affordable mainstream laptop for users who want both a touch screen for Windows 8 and an optical drive for CD and DVD enjoyment. We believe they're outnumbered by users who'd rather forfeit the optical drive and save a pound, but they'll come to appreciate the Harmon Kardon speakers in short order.
Summary: We have little complaint about the Toshiba Satellite P845T itself: once it’s in front of you, it gets the job done without ever getting the way of what’s on the screen, and it’s hard to do more than that. That said, rivals have managed that for much less: if you’re after a solid Windows 8 performer, Asus’ similarly specced VivoBooks offer much the same for £150 less.
Toshiba Satellite P845t Review: A Touchscreen is Essential for Windows 8
2 January 2013
Excerpt: The Toshiba Satellite P845t-S4310 is a Windows 8 notebook that includes a 14-inch touchscreen to deliver a better experience. The Satellite P845t isn’t an Ultrabook Convertible like many of the touchscreen Windows 8 notebooks we’ve reviewed, that transform from a notebook to a tablet. Rather it is a traditional notebook with a large touchscreen.
Summary: The Toshiba Satellite P845t-S4310 is a pretty nice computer, with nice speakers, a useable touchscreen, and some expensive-looking design elements. But I cant help but think that a computer this bulky and under-performing needs a lower price-point. For just a couple hundred more you can pick up an Ultrabook that probably performs better, has the same processor, and weighs less. So unless you're really on a tight budget, Id look for something a bit sleeker.
Summary: As with the original Satellite P845, the $799.99 Toshiba Satellite P845t-S4310 has an attractive chassis and excellent audio, but now boots in a flash and has a responsive touchscreen. However, this notebook's below-average battery life and finicky touchpad detract from what is otherwise a good value. If you want Windows 8 and touch, and you're not willing to splurge for a pricier convertible, the P845t is definitely worth a look.
Pros: Fast boot time, Excellent sound quality, Responsive touchscreen,
Conclusion: Toshiba’s Satellite P845T boasts a reasonable level of performance and feature set – but the rival Asus VivoBook S400CA delivers similar specs and benchmark results, a touchscreen, and a slim Ultrabook form-factor at the same price level. The Toshiba laptop’s less than ideal keyboard is also a worry. Even so, the Satellite P845T is a solid offering, and worth checking out if you’re in the market for a decent performing, touch-enabled Windows 8 mainstream laptop.
Conclusion: The Toshiba Satellite P845T is an affordable 14-inch laptop with a touchscreen that’s unashamed of its girth, with excellent connectivity and an optical drive. Overall, the Satellite P845T is an odd mix of premium and budget; with metal and glass used in its chassis, amazing speakers, and a backlit keyboard on the one hand joining an average screen, sub-par typing experience, slow hard drive and mediocre build quality on the other.
Pros: Affordable, Premium touches like backlit keyboard, Excellent sound
Cons: Heavy and bulky, Average screen, Mediocre build quality, So-so typing experience, Poorly configured touchpad
REVIEW: Toshiba Satellite P845t-101 Windows 8 touchscreen laptop
11 January 2013
Excerpt: The Windows 8 revolution is in full swing, with every laptop manufacturer worth their salt putting out touchscreen-packing laptops. Toshiba's Satellite P845t-101 is one of the first to hit the market, offering a 10-point touchscreen display alongside a traditional laptop form-factor. But is it a comfortable feature to use, and is it worth the extra price premium? Read on to find out!
Excerpt: In this world of Ultrabooks and hybrid laptop / tablet devices, the Toshiba Satellite P845t feels almost traditional, with a 14-inch display and a built-in DVD drive that combine to give it a total weight of 2.2Kg. It's not the kind of laptop that you'd want to carry around in a backpack or briefcase on a daily basis. But the P845t is designed primarily for multimedia entertainment at home – and on that score it does very well.