Toshiba Satellite U845 review: Another budget ultrabook
19 April 2014
Summary: The Toshiba Satellite U845 is a serviceable but generic-feeling 14-inch ultrabook that, in a quest to become more affordable, has fallen into a grey zone: not all that compact, not all that rich in features.
Cons: Nothing really stands out, the price is high for what it offers, and the keyboard and touch pad don't feel very comfortable.
Toshiba Satellite U845W Ultrabook Review: Going Wide at 21:9
16 October 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. Intel's ultrabook initiative has meant a glut of similar designs hitting the market with different vendors prioritizing only slightly different aspects of the experience (much as has happened with...
Conclusion: Toshiba’s Satellite U845 is a bit of a mixed bag. They ended up with a pretty solid notebook from a design point of view, which is an encouraging step in the right direction for Toshiba. I’m very hopeful that the level of design and build quality found in their tablets and Ultrabooks will trickle down to the rest of Toshiba’s lineup, and having a well designed Satellite is the first sign of that happening.
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. The U845, not to be confused with the very unusual Toshiba Satellite U845W widescreen model, is the model of conformity.
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.
Summary: The $719 Toshiba Satellite U845-S402 undercuts many Ivy Bridge-powered Ultrabooks on price and features a sleek design and long battery life. However, for not much more money you can get a 14-inch Ultrabook with both a faster CPU and discrete graphics, such as the
Pros: Lightweight elegant design, Good battery life, Accurate and comfortable touchpad
Cons: Mushy cramped keyboard, Runs hot, A bit pricey for components
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. And for a little more than the Satellite's near-$900 MSRP, you can land a more upscale machine like Dell’s XPS 13, an altogether more rigid machine.
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