While it's not going to dazzle anyone, the Toshiba Satellite U845T is a great example of exactly how much laptop $799 should buy in 2013.
Toshiba's experimental extra-wide-screen ultrabook gets a Windows 8 software upgrade, but it turns the Toshiba Satellite U845W into a computer imperfectly matched for what Windows 8 has to offer.
With the looks of a Portege and a touch screen, this Windows 8 laptop is part of a big wave of touch-enabled PCs.
The Toshiba Satellite U845 is a serviceable but generic-feeling 14-inch ultrabook that, in a quest to become more affordable, has fallen into a grey zone: not all that compact, not all that rich in features.
The media-geared Toshiba Satellite U845W has an extra-wide 21:9 screen and Harman Kardon speakers, but no DVD or Blu-ray player. The screen is a novelty act that offers some benefits, but it's really no better than your standard laptop for most uses.
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If you're looking for a decent all-around slim laptop for under $800, this is a great starting point.
A bold wide screen and an aggressively priced mainstream ultrabook join the upgraded Portege Z935 to form a complete Ivy Bridge ultrabook family.
Though it's slightly more expensive than competing inkjet workhorses, we recommend the Epson WorkForce 845 for its refined design and Epson's Connect cloud-printing portfolio.
Scott Stein takes a look at the Toshiba Satellite U845t, which adds touch functionality to an already impressive ultrabook.