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All three of Toshiba's new ultrabooks sail under $1,000: the Satellite U845 starts at $749, the new Portege Z935 series starts at $899, and the Satellite U845W starts at $999. The Satellite U845 and U845W, both newcomers, have a denser feel than the wafer-thin Portege Z. They're both 14-inch ultrabooks, meaning they can be thicker than the standard 13-inch Intel specs and still be called an ultrabook.
The Satellite U845W has a shockingly wide 14.4-inch screen with a whopping 21:9 aspect ratio and a 1,792x768-pixel resolution. It's thicker than the average 13-incher at 0.82 inch, and comes in either a solid-state or hybrid hard drive configuration. Will a letterbox-free enhanced-audio entertainment ultrabook make sense? Read our first take hands-on.
The Satellite U845 has back-to-school written all over it: at $749, it's one of the less-expensive ultrabooks with an Intel processor. The U845 comes with a third-gen Intel Core i-series ultrabook CPU, a hybrid 500GB hard drive with 16 or 32GB of SSD flash storage, up to 6GB of RAM, 1 USB 3.0 port with Sleep & Charge, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and an SD card slot. It looks more like a very slimmed-down Satellite laptop than a Portege, but with clean looks reminiscent of the
The Portege Z935 isn't any different in appearance from the Z800 ultrabook we've already reviewed, but it comes with the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors. The magnesium-alloy Z935 remains the smallest of the three by far, at 0.65 inches thin and 2.5 pounds. The $899 starting price is higher than the increasingly aggressive prices we saw on the Z835, but Toshiba's thin laptops have had a habit lately of hitting excellent retail prices at places like Best Buy.
Stay tuned for availability details, but for now be sure to check out our detailed hands-on video with the Satellite U845W, and click above for detailed comparison pictures.