October 22, 2012
- Attractive, sturdy design
- Large touchpad
- Large 750GB hard drive
- Solid performance
- Shallow keyboard
- Dim display
The Toshiba Satellite P845-S4200 is a 14-inch laptop that features a solid aluminum design, a third-gen Intel CPU and a large 750GB hard drive. This combination offers really great performance but the keyboard could have a better design.
The design of the Toshiba P845 features a stylish chassis that has a mixture of black, chrome and silver. The lid is made of aluminum and has a brushed metal finish that looks really good and repels fingerprints too. The laptop weighs 13.7 x 9.2 x 1.1-inches (wdh) and weighs 4.2-pounds, which puts it at a slightly smaller size, yet heavier, compared to the Dell Inspiron 14z.
Toshiba's island-style keyboard is a little too cramped for our liking as there is enough room to make it wider because there's about an inch of wasted space on either side. The keys are well-sized, however, but the whole keyboard feels a little too shallow. The keyboard isn't backlit, however, which is a disappointment.
The touchpad is very spacious as it measures 4.0 x 2.1-inches. It has a pair of dedicated buttons for right and left clicking. The pad also has good sensitivity and responsiveness too.
The Toshiba Satellite P845 has a 14-inch glossy display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels. Overall we found the quality of the display to be quite good, even when we watched streaming HD video from the Internet. The screen, however, was fairly dim when compared to other 14-inch laptops.
The P845 has a port selection that includes three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, the usual audio ports and an SD card reader. There is also a DVD+/-RW optical disc drive, which is a good addition for people who still want a portable laptop with this feature.
Our review configuration included a third-gen Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz) CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive and integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics.
Performance with this laptop in real-world use was quite good and definitely felt speedy. This model does lack a SSD hard drive, so bootup times were a little slower because of this. Watching HD videos on the Internet worked well and we didn't notice any slowdown while multitasking at the same time.
Graphics performance with the integrated Intel graphics was good enough for watching HD movies, playing DVDs and doing the usual computing tasks. Gaming performance is decent, but only with the graphics quality settings turned down.
Battery life clocks in at about 6-hours, which is over an hour longer than the Dell Inspiron 14z lasted.
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