Excerpt: Toshiba has taken a slightly different approach with its newly launched Ultrabook, the Satellite U840W. Weighing in at just 1.68 Kg, it’s lightweight and sports a sleek design. What makes it stand out in the crowd is its display—the U840W is the first to feature an UltraWide display with an aspect ratio of 21:9.
Conclusion: Some of our readers might rightfully ask themselves the following question: "Why would I need an Ultrabook with a 21:9 aspect ratio?!" It's an interesting concept for sure. We do see some potential - not only as far as playing movies and videos is concerned, but also during daily use, as the extended display width has advantages when working with multiple windows .
Pros: high quality chassis, keyboard backlight, better overview of display area, very high sound quality, good battery life, The courage to try something unusual. Whether or not the concept gets adopted remains to be seen.
Cons: meager port selection, small keys, frustrating touchpad, The perfect display panel for the Satellite U840W: High resolution, vivid colors, extremely high contrast, and superior viewing angles.
Excerpt: Ultrabooks may not be commodity computers yet, but that’s the path we seem to be going down, at least. Credit then is due to Toshiba, which is doing something unique with its Satellite U840W . There’s no sense beating around the bush: It’s the screen that will immediately catch your eye when you crack open the machine’s lid. At 14.4 inches diagonally, it’s an odd overall size, but the real story is in its dimensions.
Pros: Unique aspect ratio looks weird, but grows on you quickly. Great performance. Ruggedized design makes for easy toting. Very nice audio quality, courtesy of Harman Kardon speakers.
Cons: Touchpad misses too many taps. Crummy keyboard. Why no numeric keypad? Loud fan.
Toshiba Satellite U845W review: an Ultrabook with a screen size all its own
6 August 2012
Summary: There are so many Ultrabooks on the market that the available options may seem to blend together. So, if for nothing else, the Satellite U845W stands out for its unique display. Sadly, the actual display quality is merely mediocre, and while it's a treat to watch videos that don't exhibit letterboxing, that doesn't happen nearly enough. And truly, that's the big problem here: media isn't tailored to that super-wide aspect ratio.
Pros: Powerful speakers, Attractive design, Decent battery life for a 14-inch laptop
Cons: Uncomfortable keyboard, Flaky trackpad, Display not compatible with most media
Summary: So far laptops based on Intel’s ultrabook specifications - such as the Acer Aspire S3 - have staunchly stuck to the Macbook Air-style design language of brushed-aluminium slimness. Toshiba, though, have created a laptop that succeeds in ultrabook certification but looks nothing like Apple’s iconic laptop. Designed specifically for watching movies, it features an ultra-wide display and decent speakers. But does it also perform as a day-to-day laptop?