Conclusion: Zippy processing power along with a slender chassis and solid all-around performance come together in making the Toshiba Satellite U845t-S4165 worthy of serious consideration, though its limited storage capacity and so-so keyboard dampen its overall appeal.
Pros: Agile Intel Core i5-3337U processor. Trim, attractive chassis. Responsive touch screen. Great battery life. Features Intel's Wi-Di technology.
Cons: Cramped 128GB SSD. Only one USB 3.0 port. Keyboard flexes and yields shallow keystrokes.
Conclusion: Touch may be the headline feature in the U845t, but it’s not the most important improvement. That honor goes to the 128GB solid-state drive. Most competitors sold at a similar price – and particularly those with a touchscreen – use mechanical drives with a small solid-state cache. A single solid-state drive offers a clear improvement over a combo configuration. The Core i5-3337U processor and additional RAM are icing on an already tasty cake.
Pros: Elegant exterior, Competitive battery life, Excellent processor and storage performance, Great value
Summary: With the Satellite U845T-S4165, Toshiba has successfully combined fast Core i5 performance, an SSD and a touch screen for a reasonable price. Best of all, this Ultrabook lasts 7.5 hours on a charge, outlasting most other touch Ultrabooks. Although the keyboard literally falls short, this 14-inch Windows 8 notebook richly deserves its 4-star rating. Those looking for a laptop they can carry around all day would do well with the Satellite U845T.
Pros: Lightweight design, Responsive touch screen, Long battery life, Fast overall performance