Summary: Toshiba Satellite U845 laptop is ideal for those who need to work and to stay connected while on the move. The strengths are a particularly attractive design, maximum connectivity and high autonomy. The audio performance is thanks to SRS Premium Sound 3D.
Toshiba Satellite U845W Ultrabook Review: Going Wide at 21:9
15 September 2012
Conclusion: I've come away from my time with the Toshiba Satellite U845W with a largely favorable impression. What Toshiba has achieved here is very respectable and worthy of attention: they've designed a notebook that's pleasing to look at and by and large excellent for productivity.
Excerpt: The Toshiba Satellite U845 is a mainstream, affordable Ultrabook. At 14", 4.1 pounds and 0.8" thick, it's actually a wee bit portly to match the popular Ultrabook sweet spot of 13.3" and 3 pounds, but this isn't the first time we've seen the definition stretched.
Pros: Affordable, good build quality, good port selection.
Cons: Dull design, no features set it apart from other Ultrabooks.
Excerpt: As the ultrabook category of computers grows more crowded, these machines will need to do three things well in order to survive: They will need to not look like a Macbook Air , to demonstrate that they are ready for Windows 8, and to come in at a good price without sacrificing quality.
Conclusion: Toshiba’s Satellite U845 is a more attractive product than the previous Toshiba Z835 for most consumers. It is significantly heavier, to be sure, but it makes up for that with much higher build quality and excellent all-around performance at a reasonable price.
Pros: Elegant exterior, Competitive battery life
Cons: Terrible keyboard, No stand-out feature, Inferior value compared to competitors
Summary: Yes, you can upgrade to a U845 with a faster CPU, but you'll still be getting a system that suffers from a cramped keyboard and a hotter-running chassis. The U845 just isn't as good a deal as it seems.
Conclusion: If Staples’ pricing happens to be a fluke, however, and the price hovers closer to Toshiba’s $879 MSRP, the U845-S406 becomes harder to recommend. Less-costly, lighter options like Sony’s VAIO T Series and Lenovo’s U310 are readily available.
Pros: Built-in WiDi for connecting to HDTVs, Backlit keyboard, More RAM than some competing machines
Cons: Design, features don’t stand out substantively from other ultrabooks, Test machine had hairline crack above SD-card slot