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Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390 14.0-Inch Ultrabook (Ice Blue with Fusion Lattice)

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  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology, 3 MB L3 cache)
  • 6 GB DDR3
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 32 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 14.0-Inch Screen, Mobile Intel® HD graphics with shared graphics memory
  • Windows 8
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Product Description

Product Description

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390

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The Toshiba Satellite U945 Ultrabook (model U945-S4390) is everything your average laptop wants to be and more. It's thin, light, powerful and packed with Toshiba-exclusive features. Usually, quality comes at a price, but this 14-inch Ultrabook is surprisingly affordable. For less than what you'd expect to pay for an Ultrabook, you get an ideal mix of portability, features and performance, including the reinvented new Windows 8 operating system.

Now you can harness the incredible speed of its 3rd generation Intel Core dual-core processor and utilize the spacious clickpad with Windows 8 gesture support to quickly and easily navigate through the latest Windows 8 style apps and new tiles interface--all in a super sleek package that's less than an inch thick. You'll also be able to start up more quickly thanks to the hybrid storage system, which combines a 500 GB spinning hard disk drive with a 32 GB solid state disk cache (which can be used for commonly used files and applications).

Share your digital content on a big-screen TV in full HD resolution with an HDMI port, and amplify your audio experience with stereo speakers featuring SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement technology. Power your smartphone and other devices--even when your Ultrabook is off--with USB Sleep and Charge. You'll also lighten your load with a slimmer, lighter system featuring a 0.8-inch profile and a 4-pound weight.

Note: This Ultrabook does not include an integrated optical disc drive, but you can connect an optional CD/DVD drive via one of its USB ports.

 

U945 main backlit
The Toshiba Satellite U945, powered by Windows 8 (see larger image).

Take Advantage of Windows 8

Be ready to take advantage of the next big revolution in PC computing: Windows 8. The new Start screen has all of the information you care about in one place, such as your contacts, the weather, and the next appointment on your calendar. Start Page is a completely reinvented interface with interactive tiles that remain up-front and center--and they dynamically change and update in real-time.

U945 keyboard backlit
Premium raised tile keyboard (view larger).

With the power and innovation of your new Windows 8 Toshiba PC, you get apps that are always on and easily accessible from your Start screen. You'll also get new, built-in apps for the things you do most, like new Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People, and Messaging.

On your Microsoft 8 Toshiba PC, the Charms bar replaces the Start button, offering quick access to search, sharing features, devices and settings. Enjoy the convenience of seeing everything front and center, right where you need it.

Intel Core i5 Processor

The most popular Intel family member, the visibly smart, 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers amazing performance and stunning visuals. Enjoy the thrill of an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. Experience your movies, photos and games smoothly and seamlessly with a suite of visual enhancements built into the processor--no extra hardware required.

Intel Wireless Display-Ready

Let your laptop unleash all that multimedia, online entertainment or other content you love onto your big screen TV--without sacrificing quality. Now you can with award-winning Intel Wireless Display technology available on select laptops. Set it up once, then share your screen in a click of a button. Stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network or the Internet straight to your HDTV--easily and wirelessly, enjoying great image clarity and sound while cutting down on cable clutter.

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Premium raised keyboard with LED backlighting.

 

U945 ports
Includes HDMI and USB 3.0 ports.

Hybrid Drive Technology

Conventional hard drives store a lot, but could be faster. Solid state drives are fast but could hold more. Now get both. Hybrid drive technology delivers the speed as well as the capacity you want. It includes quick flash storage for open and commonly used files and applications, plus a standard hard drive to store your saved data.

LED-Backlit Keyboard

You and your PC go more places than ever these days. But not all of them have the right illumination. So, the next time the room's dim--on a plane, in a darkened dorm or the corner of your favorite cafe--keep right on typing, thanks to this Ultrabook's LED-backlit keyboard.

Touchpad with Multi-Touch Control

Now it's easier to peruse web pages, work with long documents, and show off photos with the larger touchpad, which supports the new Windows 8 Modern gestures like scrolling and pinch zoom--giving you the freedom and fluidity or movement as of a touch tablet or smartphone.

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Fusion Lattice finish in Ice Blue (view larger).

Super-speed USB 3.0 Port

Your technology collection is getting bigger and faster. Fortunately, your laptop can keep up with the best of them, thanks to built-in USB 3.0 ports. You'll not only get much quicker transfer speeds, but your USB 3.0 devices won't require a separate power cable either, unlike eSATA technology.

USB Sleep and Charge

Another Toshiba innovation, USB Sleep and Charge lets you power your smartphone and other devices even when the laptop's asleep or off. It's perfect for travelers and gear heads. And it's a great way to charge a dead device when you carry your PC around.

HDMI Output

With support for Full 1080p HD video and sound, the HDMI connection on your PC lets you enjoy high-end multimedia on the go, or at home on your big screen TV.

Toshiba Resolution+ Video Enhancement Technology

Make older movies, photos and clips look a lot better on your HDTV or HD laptop screen--with Toshiba Resolution+ technology. It's an exclusive innovation that converts standard definition DVD movies and instantly improves sharpness and color in real time for a picture that looks and feels more like HD.

Here's how it works: Color Correction and RGB Gamma improve brightness, color saturation, contrast and hue. Next, Advanced Color Image fine-tunes environmental and character colors, like sky, grass, leaves and skin, to give these images a more natural appearance.

 

Key Specifications

14-inch TruBrite LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing

core i5

1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)

500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM) and 32 GB solid state disk cache

6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; 16 GB maximum)

Mobile Intel HD integrated graphics for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games

HD webcam with microphone

Built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement

4-cell battery

Dimensions and Weight: 13.4 x 9.4 x 0.82 inches (WxDxH); 4.1 pounds

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to peripherals like a wireless mouse, headset, and more.
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)

 

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 2 super-speed USB 3.0 ports (1 with Sleep and Charge capabilities)
  • 1 standard USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI audio/video output with support for Full HD 1080p high-definition video.
  • Multi-format memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, Multi Media Card (shared slot; may require adapter for use)
  • Microphone and headphone jacks
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What's in the Box

This package contains the Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It's backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

Preloaded Software

Toshiba eco Utility. When it comes to helping the environment, every amp, volt and watt counts. Equipped with the power-saving eco Utility, this laptop helps you use electricity wisely through improved power management. With just a click, you can quickly adjust the settings and power plan of your laptop, and monitor your ongoing power usage.

It also comes with the following software:

Microsoft Office (trial); Internet Explorer 10; Microsoft Essentials; Norton Internet Security 2013 (30-day trial); Norton Online Backup (30-day trial); Norton Anti-Theft (60-day trial); WildTangent Games Console

Environmental Specifications

  • Energy Star 5.0 certified
  • Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact.
  • RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances

Learn more about Toshiba's environmental commitment.

Toshiba Accessories

 

Dynadock U3.0
Toshiba Dynadock U3.0 Universal USB Connect Docking Station

Toshiba's Dynadock U3.0 universal USB connect docking station links all your electronic devices to your laptop--peripherals, external monitor, and sound system--with just a single USB 3.0 cable. It includes six USB ports (four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), Gigabit Ethernet port, mic and headphone jacks, HDMI output, and a DVI video output--plus support for dual displays.

 

Canvio Hard Drive
Toshiba Canvio Plus USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drives

Available in a number of capacities, Toshiba's Canvio USB 3.0 portable external hard drives are designed to be the most hassle-free back-up solution. With everything you need right in the box, they are the ultimate combination of storage, convenience, and style.

 

USB Mobile LCD Monitor
Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor

Unpack the Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor and you'll get a big 14 diagonal inches of instant screen "real estate"—brought to you in brilliant 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Under three pounds and less than one inch thick, this ultra-portable monitor is designed to fit in most standard laptop bags. It also comes with a dual-purpose custom-fitted carrying case.

 

Extreme Backpack
Toshiba Extreme Backpack

Versatile, lightweight, and durable, the Toshiba Extreme Backpack offers five separate compartments--including a padded compartment that protects laptops with a screen up to 15.6 inches. It also includes a music player pouch with ear bud access.

 

Bluetooth mouse
Toshiba Bluetooth Laser Mouse

The stylish, wireless Toshiba Bluetooth Laser Mouse gives you precise cursor movement, offering a convenient scroll wheel, battery saving features, and selectable DPI. Work comfortably all day whether you're right-handed or left-handed with the balanced and weighted design.

 

Power adapter
Toshiba AC Adapter

A second AC adapter at home and/or at work makes power access convenient and tailored to your needs. Also keep one in your carrying case at all times and never be without an AC adapter when you travel.


Product Information

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Screen Size14 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366 x 768 pixels
Processor2.6 GHz Core i5-3317U
RAM6 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorMobile Intel HD integrated graphics
Chipset BrandIntel
Graphics Card Ram Size1696 MB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameToshiba
SeriesSatellite U945
Item model numberPSU6SU-017008
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8
Item Weight4.1 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.40 x 13.40 x 0.82 inches
Color Ice Blue with Fusion Lattice
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size32
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeNo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power SourceAC 100 - 240V
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  
Additional Information
ASINB009AF5BJQ
Best Sellers Rank #13,811 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableOctober 12, 2012
  
Warranty & Support
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo on December 23, 2012
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I've had this PC for a couple of week already. Reading the last two reviews I can add:

Good:
- It's fast. Delivers several programa with no problem
- It's very light & thin. Make sure you take a neoprene sleeve with it and you should have no problems
- Battery lasts. I don't think it meets the 7 hours but could do 6 no problem.
- Has a backlight keyboard which really comes in handy.

Bad:
- Speakers: Definitely not great speakers (but still ok)
- Gesture tracking: Being and iPod user I can tell you Windows 8 and/or Toshiba are stil far away from reaching genuine gesture interface. Try to zoom in or zoom out without going to the previus app...
- Windows 8: I think this OS is in the middle land of a tablet and a PC. You'll definitely have the feeling this is a prototype...it's a weird interface.

But considering the price and other brands performances I could definitely rate this one as a 4 star, it's a good PC and I feel confortable with it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Hodes on January 21, 2013
Bought this laptop about a week ago to replace a rapidly aging 1st generation Macbook Pro. I would have preferred to replace it with a Macbook Air, but the superior performance of excel on windows & my rather small checkbook balance forced me to seek alternatives.

Pros
i5 processor
Backlit Keyboard
Ports (HDMI & 2 USB 3.0)

Cons
Weight - feels heavier than I was expecting
Thickness - just as thick as my macbookpro which had an optical drive
Battery - last me around 4-5 hours not the 5-6 I was expecting
Ventilation - vents heat out the bottom as opposed to mac laptops which vent heat out of the hinge area between the screen and rest of the computer keeping the bottom cooler
Speakers (they are as terrible as the other reviews would lead you to believe)

Overall I'm happy with the laptop. It clearly isn't a high-end $1000+ ultrabook or macbook, but I felt it's clearly worth more than the $560 including tax I paid for it. I would have preferred something thinner and lighter with a higher resolution screen, but the screen is more than satisfactory.

The machine doesn't get nearly as hot as my old MBP, however compared to my fiance's MB air, the bottom gets hot, and the fan runs much more often.

Like others have said, Windows 8 is awkward at first, and takes some getting used to. But after a few days I was comfortable with it. It really feels like an OS in transition from traditional windows XP/7 to something else, but it hasn't quite found it yet. That being said, I find the os very responsive on this machine

Overall this machine claims to be an ultrabook, but it is very much not in the spirit of one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Enoksen on January 24, 2013
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I am still learning Windows 8 and all of its nuances, but for everything that Win8 has "hidden" the Toshiba seems to have the ability to handle it. It isn't a touch screen, but the touchpad can still deliver decent crossover results.

As you may or may not have seen in other reviews, the speakers are completely inadequate; they sound like garbage. I wish they made upgrades for speaker systems like they do for RAM and HDDs. It would be great to be able to purchase an aftermarket upgrade for the "speaker module" (no they don't have one but it would be a great idea for the industry to consider). That way people that connect wirelessly to bluetooth systems or simply use headphones and don't care about the built-ins could save some money and get a barebones speaker module. But if you were to be so inclined, you could purchase an upgrade to a much fuller richer sounding module for say an additional $50-100. It could even add a little bulk to allow accomodate larger and/or more complex speaker systems (such as a Bose inspired Wave-like system. Adding bulk to laptops is rediculous? Have you seen the larger capacity battery upgrades? It has happened and is possible and can be done with as little as a millimeter or two thickness increase.

Now for one thing I have observed...the touchpad texture is wearing out. You might say that all touchpads wear out. That is what happens when you constantly rub on plastic. Well I have had my Toshiba for just a little over a month now, and it remained primarily unused until my classes began this Spring. I now have a shiny spot developing and I know it won't be long before it develops into an eyesore (and therefore an item of frustration).
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Geebs on December 13, 2012
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The good
-Performance: with 6GB of RAM and a Core i-5, this computer's performance is solid for an ultrabook. It operates very smoothly.
-Windows 8: It takes a only couple days to get used to. Once you have a grasp on it, it's a very user-friendly OS.
-Weight: good for having a 14 inch screen

The bad
-Build quality: it feels fragile and cheaply built. The screen is shaky and you can feel the plastic case bend when you lift the laptop up with one hand; I don't imagine it would survive well if dropped.
-Speakers: God-awful. Laptop speakers are not supposed to be good, but these made my old Asus sound mind-blowing.

While the speakers are a major detail, I ultimately returned it because of the perceived build quality. Perhaps if you're not going to be moving around with it much at all, this comp might work for you. But if you're on the move, I would look for something with a more solid build.
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February 13, 2013
Thank you, Geebs, for your review. Toshiba highly values customer feedback about our products and we appreciate that you took the time to provide us with yours.

Regarding the impression that the Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390 is fragile, please be assured that this in not the case and the design of this model is ideal for mobile use.

Regarding sound quality, it's possible that settings of the SRS Premium Sound 3D system were not optimized and needed to be configured. If sound quality is a high priority, the following link to Toshiba's Laptop Finder will direct you to models that feature harman/kardon(R) speakers: http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptop-finder#4294965746%204294965347%204294965709

Thanks again for the feedback, and we hope you'll consider other Toshiba models. I'm confident that there are several that would meet your requirements.

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