CNET First Look
The wide-screen Toshiba Satellite U845W-S430 has an extra-long, high-resolution screenToshiba'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.
-Hi, I'm Scott Stein. And as we continue to the ever growing flood of Windows 8 laptops, tablets, and crossover computers as I would call them, we have the standard non-touch Toshiba Satellite U845W-S430. Now, we've seen this laptop before. I reviewed this ultra book just a few short months ago in its Windows 7 integration. And it's pretty much exactly the same here with the addition of Windows 8. What you get though is a very funky 21 x 9 ultra wide screen display. That's 1792 x 768. That's definitely not normal, although the 768 pixels from top and bottom do match when you get on a regular laptop. It's a little more like a quasi 1080p display, but not exactly. What you get is that movies can play with much less leather boxing and often none at all. In fact, most movies [unk] box because of that ultra wide screen resolution. Now, you also get the ability to put web browsers or text side by side on that screen and they will actually work on it in sort of a-- a-- a large spread environment. How does that work in Windows 8? Well, as you can see, tiles do have an interesting way of-- of working quite well in that wide screen format, but it's not perfect. There's a little bit of overlap because most Windows devices are not meant to work in this resolution. You're also missing touch. There's no touch screen here. So, you may wanna reach up and-- and just do that and you can't, not on this integration at least. And that's a little bit of a disconnect, although the trackpad is large, feels comfortable. The keyboard is good. You're getting a core i5 processor here, 6 gigs of RAM, and a hybrid hard drive, 500 gigabytes with 32 gigabytes of solid-state caching that speeds things up a little bit. All of that for a price that is a little bit confusing. On Toshiba's website, the MSRP ranges anywhere up from the 1,080 down to 999 in a very similar configuration that seems exactly the same, but has a slightly different name. Bottom line is it's about a thousand dollars. Now, that's a little expensive now in the laptop landscape especially with a touchless laptop. Is it worth it to go into the wide screen? I think you're gonna find more bang for the buck going with a convertible touchscreen type of a funky laptop if you want something new and futuristic, but credit to Toshiba. It's not too expensive for this and it does give you a good ultra book performance under the hood. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the Toshiba Satellite U845W-S430.