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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Toshiba Satellite U845-S406 review

The Satellite U845-S406 does have a backlit keyboard and all the basic ports (Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, SD card slot), plus a slightly larger-than-average 14-inch screen, but it weighs more than a Toshiba Portege R935 (the CPU-upgraded update to the Portege R835 CNET has reviewed), even though the Portege R935 also includes an optical drive and a faster processor. Even more oddly, some models of the new Portege are more affordable.


(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
Simply put, Toshiba has too many laptops, but that's an argument for a different day. The Satellite U845-S406 offers what amounts to, for mid-2012, a solid, standard set of ultrabook specs and features, but in a rather generically designed package, and not at a standout price. It doesn't stand out from its peers. I'd try to get one for as little as possible and pay down for the entry-level model. This type of laptop should cost $750, not $879.
Starting price / Price as reviewed$749 / $879
Processor1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U
Memory4GB, 1,600MHz DDR3
Hard drive500GB, 5,400rpm + 32GB SSD hybrid
ChipsetIntel HM77
GraphicsIntel HD 4000
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dimensions (WD)13.4x9.1 inches
Height0.8 inch
Screen size (diagonal)14 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter3.7 pounds / 4.3 pounds

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