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The Toshiba Satellite U945 Ultrabook (model U945-S4390) is everything your average laptop wants to be and more. It’s thin, light, powerful and packed with Toshiba-exclusive features. Usually, quality comes at a price, but this 14-inch Ultrabook is surprisingly affordable. For less than what you’d expect to pay for an Ultrabook, you get an ideal mix of portability, features and performance, including the reinvented new Windows 8 operating system.
Now you can harness the incredible speed of its 3rd generation Intel Core dual-core processor and utilize the spacious clickpad with Windows 8 gesture support to quickly and easily navigate through the latest Windows 8 style apps and new tiles interface–all in a super sleek package that’s less than an inch thick. You’ll also be able to start up more quickly thanks to the hybrid storage system, which combines a 500 GB spinning hard disk drive with a 32 GB solid state disk cache (which can be used for commonly used files and applications).
Share your digital content on a big-screen TV in full HD resolution with an HDMI port, and amplify your audio experience with stereo speakers featuring SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement technology. Power your smartphone and other devices–even when your Ultrabook is off–with USB Sleep and Charge. You’ll also lighten your load with a slimmer, lighter system featuring a 0.8-inch profile and a 4-pound weight.
Note: This Ultrabook does not include an integrated optical disc drive, but you can connect an optional CD/DVD drive via one of its USB ports.
The Toshiba Satellite U945, powered by Windows 8 (see larger image).
Take Advantage of Windows 8
Be ready to take advantage of the next big revolution in PC computing: Windows 8. The new Start screen has all of the information you care about in one place, such as your contacts, the weather, and the next appointment on your calendar. Start Page is a completely reinvented interface with interactive tiles that remain up-front and center–and they dynamically change and update in real-time.
Premium raised tile keyboard (view larger).
With the power and innovation of your new Windows 8 Toshiba PC, you get apps that are always on and easily accessible from your Start screen. You’ll also get new, built-in apps for the things you do most, like new Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People, and Messaging.
On your Microsoft 8 Toshiba PC, the Charms bar replaces the Start button, offering quick access to search, sharing features, devices and settings. Enjoy the convenience of seeing everything front and center, right where you need it.
Intel Core i5 Processor
The most popular Intel family member, the visibly smart, 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers amazing performance and stunning visuals. Enjoy the thrill of an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. Experience your movies, photos and games smoothly and seamlessly with a suite of visual enhancements built into the processor–no extra hardware required.
Intel Wireless Display-Ready
Let your laptop unleash all that multimedia, online entertainment or other content you love onto your big screen TV–without sacrificing quality. Now you can with award-winning Intel Wireless Display technology available on select laptops. Set it up once, then share your screen in a click of a button. Stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network or the Internet straight to your HDTV–easily and wirelessly, enjoying great image clarity and sound while cutting down on cable clutter.
Premium raised keyboard with LED backlighting.
Includes HDMI and USB 3.0 ports.
Hybrid Drive Technology
Conventional hard drives store a lot, but could be faster. Solid state drives are fast but could hold more. Now get both. Hybrid drive technology delivers the speed as well as the capacity you want. It includes quick flash storage for open and commonly used files and applications, plus a standard hard drive to store your saved data.
You and your PC go more places than ever these days. But not all of them have the right illumination. So, the next time the room’s dim–on a plane, in a darkened dorm or the corner of your favorite cafe–keep right on typing, thanks to this Ultrabook’s LED-backlit keyboard.
Touchpad with Multi-Touch Control
Now it’s easier to peruse web pages, work with long documents, and show off photos with the larger touchpad, which supports the new Windows 8 Modern gestures like scrolling and pinch zoom–giving you the freedom and fluidity or movement as of a touch tablet or smartphone.
Fusion Lattice finish in Ice Blue (view larger).
Super-speed USB 3.0 Port
Your technology collection is getting bigger and faster. Fortunately, your laptop can keep up with the best of them, thanks to built-in USB 3.0 ports. You’ll not only get much quicker transfer speeds, but your USB 3.0 devices won’t require a separate power cable either, unlike eSATA technology.
USB Sleep and Charge
Another Toshiba innovation, USB Sleep and Charge lets you power your smartphone and other devices even when the laptop’s asleep or off. It’s perfect for travelers and gear heads. And it’s a great way to charge a dead device when you carry your PC around.
With support for Full 1080p HD video and sound, the HDMI connection on your PC lets you enjoy high-end multimedia on the go, or at home on your big screen TV.
Toshiba Resolution+ Video Enhancement Technology
Make older movies, photos and clips look a lot better on your HDTV or HD laptop screen–with Toshiba Resolution+ technology. It’s an exclusive innovation that converts standard definition DVD movies and instantly improves sharpness and color in real time for a picture that looks and feels more like HD.
Here’s how it works: Color Correction and RGB Gamma improve brightness, color saturation, contrast and hue. Next, Advanced Color Image fine-tunes environmental and character colors, like sky, grass, leaves and skin, to give these images a more natural appearance.
14-inch TruBrite LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing
1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM) and 32 GB solid state disk cache
6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; 16 GB maximum)
Mobile Intel HD integrated graphics for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games
HD webcam with microphone
Built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement
Dimensions and Weight: 13.4 x 9.4 x 0.82 inches (WxDxH); 4.1 pounds
Wireless & Networking Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks. Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to peripherals like a wireless mouse, headset, and more. Fast Ethernet (10/100)
Connectivity & Expansion 2 super-speed USB 3.0 ports (1 with Sleep and Charge capabilities) 1 standard USB 2.0 port HDMI audio/video output with support for Full HD 1080p high-definition video. Multi-format memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, Multi Media Card (shared slot; may require adapter for use) Microphone and headphone jacks
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What’s in the Box
This package contains the Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It’s backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
Preloaded Software Toshiba eco Utility. When it comes to helping the environment, every amp, volt and watt counts. Equipped with the power-saving eco Utility, this laptop helps you use electricity wisely through improved power management. With just a click, you can quickly adjust the settings and power plan of your laptop, and monitor your ongoing power usage.
It also comes with the following software: Microsoft Office (trial); Internet Explorer 10; Microsoft Essentials; Norton Internet Security 2013 (30-day trial); Norton Online Backup (30-day trial); Norton Anti-Theft (60-day trial); WildTangent Games Console
Environmental Specifications Energy Star 5.0 certified Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact. RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances
Learn more about Toshiba’s environmental commitment.
Toshiba Dynadock U3.0 Universal USB Connect Docking Station
Toshiba’s Dynadock U3.0 universal USB connect docking station links all your electronic devices to your laptop–peripherals, external monitor, and sound system–with just a single USB 3.0 cable. It includes six USB ports (four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), Gigabit Ethernet port, mic and headphone jacks, HDMI output, and a DVI video output–plus support for dual displays.
Toshiba Canvio Plus USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drives
Available in a number of capacities, Toshiba’s Canvio USB 3.0 portable external hard drives are designed to be the most hassle-free back-up solution. With everything you need right in the box, they are the ultimate combination of storage, convenience, and style.
Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor
Unpack the Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor and you’ll get a big 14 diagonal inches of instant screen “real estate”—brought to you in brilliant 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Under three pounds and less than one inch thick, this ultra-portable monitor is designed to fit in most standard laptop bags. It also comes with a dual-purpose custom-fitted carrying case.
Toshiba Extreme Backpack
Versatile, lightweight, and durable, the Toshiba Extreme Backpack offers five separate compartments–including a padded compartment that protects laptops with a screen up to 15.6 inches. It also includes a music player pouch with ear bud access.
Toshiba Bluetooth Laser Mouse
The stylish, wireless Toshiba Bluetooth Laser Mouse gives you precise cursor movement, offering a convenient scroll wheel, battery saving features, and selectable DPI. Work comfortably all day whether you’re right-handed or left-handed with the balanced and weighted design.
Toshiba AC Adapter
A second AC adapter at home and/or at work makes power access convenient and tailored to your needs. Also keep one in your carrying case at all times and never be without an AC adapter when you travel.
- It’s fast. Delivers several programa with no problem
- It’s very light & thin. Make sure you take a neoprene sleeve with it and you should have no problems
- Battery lasts. I don’t think it meets the 7 hours but could do 6 no problem.
- Has a backlight keyboard which really comes in handy.
- Speakers: Definitely not great speakers (but still ok)
- Gesture tracking: Being and iPod user I can tell you Windows 8 and/or Toshiba are stil far away from reaching genuine gesture interface. Try to zoom in or zoom out without going to the previus app…
- Windows 8: I think this OS is in the middle land of a tablet and a PC. You’ll definitely have the feeling this is a prototype…it’s a weird interface.
But considering the price and other brands performances I could definitely rate this one as a 4 star, it’s a good PC and I feel confortable with it.
As you may or may not have seen in other reviews, the speakers are completely inadequate; they sound like garbage. I wish they made upgrades for speaker systems like they do for RAM and HDDs. It would be great to be able to purchase an aftermarket upgrade for the “speaker module” (no they don’t have one but it would be a great idea for the industry to consider). That way people that connect wirelessly to bluetooth systems or simply use headphones and don’t care about the built-ins could save some money and get a barebones speaker module. But if you were to be so inclined, you could purchase an upgrade to a much fuller richer sounding module for say an additional $50-100. It could even add a little bulk to allow accomodate larger and/or more complex speaker systems (such as a Bose inspired Wave-like system. Adding bulk to laptops is rediculous? Have you seen the larger capacity battery upgrades? It has happened and is possible and can be done with as little as a millimeter or two thickness increase.
Now for one thing I have observed…the touchpad texture is wearing out. You might say that all touchpads wear out. That is what happens when you constantly rub on plastic. Well I have had my Toshiba for just a little over a month now, and it remained primarily unused until my classes began this Spring. I now have a shiny spot developing and I know it won’t be long before it develops into an eyesore (and therefore an item of frustration). Hopefully since the touchpad is “floating”, and not integrated to the case design, it will be replaceable at a future date. I know some laptops have touchpads that can be replaced as modules, but with the Toshiba’s design I would like to see just the touchpad plate be able to be replaced instead of the whole touchpad system.
I won’t go into the system performance or display quality of the laptop. It has been covered by other reviews. The display looks great and the computer runs with confidence.
I would give this ultrabook 4.5 stars if I could. I really am happy with it, just a couple of little things that bug me.
Note that I did replace the memory with a much larger block of memory (16GB) for just ~$120 and that made the performance stellar. The only small complaint I might have is that the backlit keyboard is a bit silly as you have to type once before it will come on which is annoying when you really need the backlight. Not sure if there is a great way they could fix this outside of a light sensor.
This machine is fast, attractive, and seemingly well-made. I am happy with this laptop and think that you will be also.