Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X
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One of the best 14-inch laptops launched this year is the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X which unfortunately has one major drawback – a very short battery life which will last for only a little over 2 hours in a video playback draining test. One of the available configurations for this model will set you back $1,099 and here is what you will get.
First of all, there’s an Intel Core i5-2410M processor running at 2.30 GHz and 6GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 1,333 MHz. For storage it has been fitted with a 640GB hard drive that works at 5,400 rpm, while the chipset is an Intel HM65. In the graphics department this 14-inch laptop from Toshiba comes with an Nvidia GeForce GT 525M + Intel HD 3000 (Nvidia Optimus) while the operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit edition). It measures 13.3 x 9 x 1.1 – 1.4 inches and it weighs five pounds (0.8 pounds more with the AC adapter).
It comes with a 14-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and it is a glossy type which makes it more suitable for enjoying HD video content. The display manages to be very crisp, but it isn’t as vivid or bright as other displays, like the ones on the Samsung Series 9 or the Dell XPS 15-L502X.
One feature that you will certainly appreciate about the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X is the quality of the Harman / Kardon speaker. These speakers manage to be very clear and they are very good for audio playback. There’s also a webcam that can take photos up to a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 which is the same one that you will find in the Satellite A665.
Let’s move on to the connectivity component of this 14-inch laptop from Toshiba and mention that it has VGA out and an HDMI port. It has headphone and microphone jacks, while for data necessities you get two USB 2.0 ports (one with sleep-and-charge), one USB 3.0 port and an SD card reader. In the networking area it comes with the regular Ethernet, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi, while the optical drive is a Blu-ray combo drive.
Compared to previous Satellite models, the keyboard on this one appears to be a little bit better, but we don’t like that the keys have a glossy finish and are smaller than the ones found in the aforementioned Satellite A665. This keyboard is backlit, but you probably won’t enjoy the fact that some of the keys are a little bit cramped. The touchpad also isn’t as big as we might have hoped, but at least it is responsive and has a light matte finish.