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: 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.