March 25, 2013
- Lightweight & portable
- Responsive touch screen
- Speedy performance
- Above average battery life
- Noticeable keyboard flex
The Toshiba Satellite U845T-S4165 offers a lightweight design, extra long battery life and a high-quality touch screen display. We were really pleased with performance thanks to the Intel Core i5 CPU and 128GB SSD hard drive.
Keeping with the previous design, the U845T has a brushed aluminum chassis. It feels really solid and not cheap to the touch, which is always a good thing. It measures 13.5 x 9.1 x 0.8-inches (wdh) and weighs 3.6-pounds, so it's a great size for portability and is also lighter than other similar Windows 8 Ultrabooks.
The island-style keyboard has been made to be resistant to spills according to Toshiba, but we didn't test that out for obvious reasons. We found the keyboard's keys to be nicely spaced and sized, but the keys did have noticeable flex to them, which reduced the comfort. The keyboard is backlit, which is mostly standard on today's laptops.
The touchpad has a very smooth finish that made our fingers easily glide across it. We found it to be very responsive and the two click zones near the bottom edge were easy to click and offered good feedback.
The 14.1-inch touch screen display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels. We thought that it looked very clear and crisp while watching streaming HD video. We did appreciate that the screen was less reflective than we had expected. Typically touch screen displays are very reflective, but not this one.
We found the touch screen aspect of the display to be very responsive and worked very smoothly. Performing Windows 8 multitouch gestures was easy and very smooth too.
For ports, the Toshiba Satellite U845T-S4165 has one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, Ethernet, headphone and microphone jacks and a memory card reader. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11n Wi-Fi. It would have been nice to see two USB 3.0 ports and on 2.0 port, but I guess for the $800 price, we can't complain too much.
Performance with this Windows 8 Ultrabook was very solid thanks to the third-generation Intel Core i5-3337 (1.8-GHz) CPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state hard drive. A PCMark 7 benchmark resulted in a score of 4,800. This was a rather surprising score but the real-world use backed up the score. This was definitely one of the fastest Windows 8 Ultrabooks that we've reviewed.
Because of the 128GB solid-state drive, you get speedy boot times (10 seconds) and lightning fast file transfers. Soild-state drives are becoming more standard with Ultrabooks and have certainly gained traction among other laptops.
Graphics performance was average mostly due to the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, which isn't anything special. You can play some 3D games on this laptop, but you'll need to dial down the graphics settings.
Battery life was one of this laptop's strong suits as it lasted just shy of 8-hours on average. This beats the Ultrabook average by about 1.5-hours.
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