Toshiba Satellite M40

One fatal flaw mars an otherwise ideal mainstream laptop.

Stephanie Bruzzese
Toshiba Satellite M45
The Toshiba Satellite M45 series, which isn't customizable, offers the same elegant case design as the Satellite M40 series. The Satellite M40's configurable components include Celeron M and Pentium M processors; between 256MB and 2GB of slow 333MHz SDRAM; moderate 5,400rpm hard drives in capacities ranging from 40GB to 100GB; several secondary optical storage drives, such as CD and double-layer DVD burners; a wide 15.4-inch display in different native resolutions; and various types of Wi-Fi cards. Preconfigured combinations of these components comprise the Satellite M45 series, which Toshiba sells through online resellers and local computer stores. We tested the Satellite M45-S165, which costs $1,049 (as of July 2005), a very reasonable amount in light of its overall healthy configuration. While the system has respectable features and an economical price, it suffers from abysmal battery life. Find out more in our full review of the Toshiba Satellite M45-S165.