CNET First Look
When ultrabooks got generic: Toshiba Satellite U845There's nothing wrong with this new 14-inch ultrabook...but there's nothing that exciting, either. From price to features, it's all pretty gray for this steel-colored laptop.
Hi I'm Scott Stein and the Toshiba satellite U 845 S 406. Our on site -- you know what these are pretty -- right these are boring laptops I'm not gonna hide it. And you shouldn't hide it because. This holiday season let's face it we're seeing a lot of ultra books and a lot of budget ultra books it's getting numbing even for -- here that review laptops. It's kinda crazy for about 70800 dollars which by the way is not cheap for a laptop but it's cheaper ultra book you can get. These thirteen fourteen inch laptops. With hard drives as opposed SSDs. -- -- gigabytes four gigs of ram. Good on the numbers -- kind of -- about the same processor inside Intel Core I five. And they performed pretty similarly. So what's the difference well very very fine points and details. It's not netbooks were a couple of years ago he basic have to play with them seem to like the keyboard see if you like the track had -- the weight feels right. When it comes to this Toshiba satellite -- for five it's in the gray zone it's kind of neither here nor there the price. It's 89 -- the MS RP you might find it for lower hopefully you can because I think a laptop like this probably deserves it more in the senator fifty to 799 range. It's -- And when you get is a core I five processor four gigs of ram. -- -- America from -- lakers I talk about this because you've seen this over and over and over again. And it does not have an optical drive because ultra books don't have optical drives that was a great idea when ultra books were really -- but this laptop. It's been her it's not really -- Present mean. Who knows what that means for you -- prime means it's gonna feel like a regular laptop -- serve -- thinner one but it's not gonna -- razor thin like a MacBook Air because it isn't. Three point seven pounds. Is lighter than a -- thirteen inch MacBook Pro for instance -- one of those laptops. These laptops can (%expletive) me off because and then I pissed you off because you were paying up for something that's -- Brooke -- in these super thin ultra books back. They gonna see a lot of these this holiday does it perform well. It performs well you know it's fine the performance is actually pretty similar to all the others at the core I five processor that this one has. Battery life is I've -- happy hours which is good you know there others that are better seven hours. The screen quality not so -- the keyboard quality and I didn't like it that much. But its back -- the track pad seemed a little bit finicky and a little bit sticky to click. I opt for something like this I really want all that stuff to be pieces and the -- buying into this sort of middle range laptop. If you're desperate and you find that this is the laptop that's available for you to purchase. It will do fine. It worked like a regular old laptop he says you'll be able to dvds inside and it's only -- integrated graphics so there you go. Is that -- the satellite -- 845. -- -- six you get one for less than as a core I three processor which we didn't review. And to form a little bit more slowly I'm Scott Stein and forgive me for not being tremendously excited about these issues satellite. -- for five -- for a.