|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1696 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||7.88 hours|
Toshiba Satellite U845-S406 14.0-Inch Ultrabook (Sky Silver)
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I ordered this for my dad, who needed a new laptop for his work. Some notable points about it.
The laptop looks sleek, with a great finish that doesn't seem to make fingerprints too noticeable. The keyboard is a chiclet style -similar to the macbook air that this category of laptops attempts to follow- Which means it is more shallow than the usual keyboard. I do find it easy to type with, though it does take a bit of getting used to. It looks very nice, in a subdued sort of way. I wish the screen was a higher definition, but oh well.
One of the main reasons my dad chose this laptop. It is not as thin as some of the better ultrabooks, but it's thinner than the standard laptops, and -much- lighter.
As the other reviewer said, the boot time is slower than I expected from an SSD/HDD hybrid. Yet, it certainly boots faster than the 5 year old laptop it is replacing! Once on, it runs smoothly and quickly for office tasks, and streaming videos. The fans seem quiet, though I haven't tried to task them with anything pushing the computer's limits. It's not a computer for gaming, and I'm not even attempting it.Read more ›
Update (Jan 23rd 2013): The hard disk stopped making noise, whatever's the reason. It's been working good so far. SSD drive really makes a difference, this Ultrabook boots very quickly. Touchpad (even after updating its driver) still has issues, it freaks out sometimes, requiring me to restart the machine.
Someone has written in a review that this ultrabook actually doesn't have backlight as announced by Amazon. I confirm what's announced on the page here, it DOES have backlight, and it works very well (it's a smart backlight, after sometime without using the keyboard, the light turns off automatically).
I will say the Toshiba is attractive, has a bright and sharp screen, and boots and closes down quickly.
The keyboard does not have a positive feel for a touch typist, and I was annoyed to find that in order to get a function key to operate in the expected way--say F8, I had to hold down the <FN> key and then hit F8. This (mis)behavior can be corrected in the BIOS, but should not be the default. Also the proper names of the keys F1, F2 ... are dimmed out and hard to see. I use function keys a lot, and resent this stupid system.
The trackpad works well enough, but the mouse keys are integral with it, and this makes them much less easy to use and one is never certain they have "taken".
Most laptops have a removable battery. Not this one. If the battery fails, you will have to return to machine to Toshiba. The power supply brick lacks a pilot light.
Most laptops have a hatch on the bottom giving access to the RAM storage area, so you can add memory when necessary. Not this one. You must remove the whole bottom, at the minimum, finding screws hidden under feet and labels.
It's not unique to Toshiba, but this machine comes loaded with crapware. The hard drive has only a C: partition, not an optimal setup for a drive of this size.
But yes, it works, but if I kept it, I would be chronically annoyed at myself for buying this. Instead, I am buying an Asus U36SG-DS51, which I believe more suited to my needs.
The bad news:
(1) Casing is metal but not Macbook Air aluminum but rather some kind of fragile painted metal skin that I still can't tell what it is made of. Looks cool at first but the paint starts wearing off and you see spots (looks cheap) where the metal paint or metal skin wears off. Also scratches fairly easily so I can't imagine what would happened if I bumped this on something or dropped it (gasp).
(2) The wifi has connectivity problems. I know it's the computer because I have an iPhone and another laptop and they all function perfectly fine when this one suddenly disconnects or fails to connect at all. Might be a software issues with Toshiba though b/c it is easily fixed every time with a simple reboot (which is crazy fast... more later).
(3) The keyboard is very small and took some time to get used to typing with. Also lacks the imbedded num pad within the JKL side of keys on the right hand. Backlit keyboard is very nice though.
(4) The mousepad is horrendous! This is the one thing I absolutely can't stand about this computer. I think Toshiba tried to copy MacBook Air on this one as did all Ultrabooks, but there are no left & right click buttons, but unlike other laptops, to click down is very hard and the mouse pad does not differentiate very well whether this is a left or right click. I cannot do any kind of work on this laptop without a separate mouse.
(A) Great price: enough said
(B) 6 GB RAM!!! My friends' MacBook air only had 4GB RAM, perhaps at a faster speed but also at 4X the price.Read more ›
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Very fast came to Russia. Product description corresponds completely. Thank zakachestvennuyu sale. recommendPublished 15 months ago by Pavel
I bought a Toshiba U845, and within 12 months the both hinges of the screen broke!Published 18 months ago by Narek
I like this Toshiba, but initially I had a lot of trouble typing things. The touch pad was too sensitive to be useful. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by JGL
Everything is good except for one slight problem.
The space bar on the keyboard doesn't register unless you push down with emphasis. Read more
The harddrive lasted exactly 1 week after the return expiration window closed which was ONLY 1 MONTH after purchase anyway.
I bought a refurb from Amazon Warehouse and the wireless card was bad in it. Had to send it back. The laptop looked nice and booted fast but the wireless card was toast!Published on May 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
THIS ULTRABOOK IT REALLY LIVES UP TO ITS NAME. IT'S ULTRALIGHT, WITH LONG LASTING BATTERY LIFE AND WITH RETINA LIKE DISPLAY!!! Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by St Luke
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