There is a popular saying that every company needs a flagship as these models are the glimpse of things to come. At the Computex 2012, Toshiba finally made its entry into the world of ultra books with its Satellite U845 W (known as U840w in EU). Its design and performance complements its amazingly new and portable form factor.
Our friends at notebookjournal Germany were able to review U845W and they see this laptop as a confused personality. The reviewer says that it is as wide as 15.6 inch notebook but its height complements the height of 11.6 inch notebooks (think Lenovo X120e, X130e). From inside, it has innards of a typical ultra book. So, you get Intel Ivy Bridge processor, SSD (or hybrid HDD, SSD configuration) packed in an ultra light casing.
The resolution of the screen is bizarre – 1792 x 768, which are a lot of horizontal pixels to work on a 14 inch display. This also gives it a 21:9 ratio that will let you play blockbuster movies without bars and of course, will let you take a look two windows simultaneously comfortably. In fact, Toshiba bundles a “Split screen” utility that divides the 21:9 display in various styles.
Build quality is impressive; hinges are strong and durable and speakers produce crisp sound. The Toshiba U845 w has backlit keyboard that is a must have for businessman on the move. The reviewer did complain somewhat about its poor viewing angle display that also has low contrast, which basically kills its main use – movie viewing. Read the original german review at notebookjournal.
Performance – The reviewer does not talk about its performance. Our research shows that it comes with Intel Core i5-2467M processor and 4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM. You can read our Core i5 2467m review to find out more about it.