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Toshiba Satellite U845

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What's hot: Affordable, good build quality, good port selection.

What's not: Dull design, no features set it apart from other Ultrabooks.


Reviewed August 24, 2012 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

Editors Note: This is a lightning written review with full video review.

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. It has an understated aluminum lid and keyboard deck and a standard aspect ratio 1366 x 768 display.

Toshiba Satellite U845

While the Toshiba Portege Z835 and Z935 Ultrabooks represent Toshiba's high line for ultraportability (they're super skinny and weigh just 2.5 pounds), they're priced close to $1,000, while the Satellite U845 starts at just $649. That base model scores you a lowly Intel Core i3 ULV CPU and omits some of the niceties of higher end models like our $849 U845-S404 Core i5 model or the even better buy $779 U845-S406 that adds a backlit keyboard and upgraded Intel WiFi with WiDi. Typical of Toshiba, there are many -S40x models, so do check their website carefully to find the model that matches your needs and price range.

Toshiba Satellite U845

All Satellite U845 models have third generation Ivy Bridge ULV CPUs that are commonly used in Ultrabooks. They have Intel HD 4000 graphics and 4 to 6 gigs of RAM (Toshiba say's there's a RAM slot for upgrades). They ship with standard 500 gig 5400 RPM hard drives plus a 32 gig SSD for caching to speed up Windows boot, resume and operational speeds. The machine has WiFi 802.11b/g/n, either single band Realtek or Intel WiDi, depending on which model you choose. Bluetooth is available on some models.

Toshiba Satellite U845

While the specs are everyday stuff, the port selection is typical Toshiba, which is to say better than average for an Ultrabook. The U845 has 10/100 Ethernet, a full size HDMI port, an SD card slot, 3.5mm audio out and mic-in, and three USB ports (only 1 is USB 3.0). Also standard for Toshiba is louder and fuller than average stereo speakers.

Toshiba Satellite U845

Toshiba Satellite U845

Toshiba Satellite U845

Toshiba Satellite U845

Toshiba Satellite U845


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Display: 14", 1366 x 768 TruBrite LED backlit TN display. Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. HDMI port. Supports Intel WiDi wireless display if purchased with the Intel WiFi option.

Battery: 6 cell, 45Wh Lithium Polymer rechargeable. Not user replaceable.

Performance: Third generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U, core i3 and i7 ULV options available. 6 to 8 gigs RAM, 500 gig, 5400 RPM hard drive with 16 or 32 gig caching SSD.

Size: 13.5 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches. Weight: 4.1 pounds.

Camera: Webcam with mic.

Audio: Built in stereo speakers with SRS 3D audio, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack and mic jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n (Intel or Realtek depending on model) and optional Bluetooth. 10/100 Ethernet.

Software: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Expansion and Ports: HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port with Sleep and Charge, mic jack, headphone jack and 1 SD card slot.



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