|Standing screen display size||14 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Toshiba Satellite E45-B4100 14-Inch Full HD 1080P Laptop (Intel Core i5-5200U Processor 1600MHz, 6GB DDR3L RAM, 750GB Hard Drive, Windows 8.1) Satin Gold
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|Display Size||14 Inches|
|Operating System||Windows 8|
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- 5th Gen Intel CoreTM i5-5200U processor, 6GB DDR3L 1600MHz, 16GB Max
- TruBrite technology, native support for 1080p content and 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases movies, games and Web content in arresting clarity
- 750GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm), Bluetooth 4.0 interface, Backlit Keyboard
- 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port, Built-in high-speed Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 3160 LAN (802.11ac)
- Weighs 4.5 lbs. and measures just 0.85" thin, Brushed-aluminum finish in satin gold
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5th Gen Intel CoreTM i5-5200U processor 6GB DDR3L memory 14" LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen display 750GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm) Mobile Intel HD graphics High-definition webcam Bluetooth 4.0 interface Brushed-aluminum finish in satin gold Microsoft 8.1 64-bit operating system preinstalled
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- not a full 15 inches (14 is plenty big for me and is smaller to carry, also, less pixels means more battery life)
- under 5lbs
- great screen
- 6Gb memory, not the more typical 4Gb for a "value machine"
- it is THIN!!! Wow!
- nice LED backlit keyboard (of course, ergonomics are very YMMV, but I like this)
- battery life seems excellent (5+ hours for me)
- metal case
- excellent build quality
- others claim it is difficult to open/access for upgrades (I can't confirm this)
- power supply seems a bit cheezy/cheap (wall cord kind of thin feeling)
- Windows 8, but hey, I knew this
When I have $300 to spend on it, I will eventually add some more DRAM and switch out the HD for an SSD. But for my purpose, s/w development on a Windows platform, the stock configuration is great. This is an excellent value for the money, and the build quality is way better than anything I've seen in the under $500 price range. The last Toshiba I owned had a plastic case. It is still in pretty decent shape for a 12+ year old laptop with a plastic case. I expect to get decent longevity out of this one, as well.
EDIT: it actually has a backlit keyboard!! Somehow missed that.
Looks: This laptop has the look of a high-end laptop with 1920 x 1080 resolution, an incredible backlit keyboard, and brushed aluminum finish that no other computers in this price range could offer. Not to mention it weights only 4.5 pounds and is super thin like the MacBook from Apple!
Upgrade: Toshiba says this laptop is not "user-upgradable" (whatever that means), BUT as other reviewers have said, this is indeed upgradable. There are two ram slots in this computer with a 4gb and 2gb factory installed. Both slots were covered by a black plastic thing (not sure if it has any purpose). I simply lifted the plastic up to install the additional RAM. I replaced the 2gb with a 8gb from Crucial with no problem. Now, my laptop has a total of 12gb ram installed, which should be more than enough to handle most tasks.
I also bought a Samsung SSD to replace the HDD on this laptop. I just spent 3 hours, literally 3 hours installing the SSD. After searching for videos and guides to install a SSD on this particular laptop with no helpful result, I decided to try it on my own and take the risks.
First, I removed the back cover and slide out the battery by removing 13 or 14 screws. Then, I pop the cover up. And then I unscrewed a small rectangular board (I think that's what it's called) connecting the two ribbon cables that cover the hard drive on the bottom left corner, right next to the hard drive. I carefully lifted the board up, and there you go, the cables are now detached from the hard drive, which allows you to remove the hard drive finally. And after 15 minutes of attempting to pop the hard drive up, I succeeded. It felt like an accomplishment after hours of efforts. Finally, you just connect the SSD and place it back to where the hard drive was originally located. FINALLY!!!
I have to say, this is the most difficult, frustrating, time consuming, and painful upgrade I have EVER done. Maybe this is why Toshiba says this computer is not user upgradable because it is very very difficult to do so. With the SSD installed, this computer is LIGHTNING FAST.
Battery: It has alright battery life of 4-5 hours for me, which is not exceptional, but definitely acceptable. Again, Toshiba says the battery is not "user-replaceable", BUT it can be removed or replaced easily with two screws on the back.
Performance: FAST FAST FAST!!! It runs really fast and I haven't experienced any problem. For $500, you get the latest Intel i5 processor, I think it is a bargain.
Overall, this is a great valued laptop with excellent performance and the look of a high-end laptop. I couldn't ask for more for the $500 I paid. In fact, I would pay more for this laptop. BUT AGAIN, PAINFUL UPGRADE!!! I was going to rate this a 4-star for difficult upgrade, but again, this is not made for consumer upgrade, so I don't blame Toshiba. I still love this laptop so much, just wished the upgrade process was easier.