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.
Pros: Fast boot time, Excellent sound quality, Responsive touchscreen,
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