Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4110 is not a high end 14″ Ultrabook but is able to deliver faster performance as it is integrated with 32GB mSATA SSD cache working  with 500 GB SATA drive. It will increase the productivity as frequently used data will be stored in the SSD cache. As a result, booting and loading of the application would be faster. The Intel core i3-3227u processor will handle all day to day tasks like typing documents, browsing web, watching HD videos and occasionally editing photos. Toshiba U945-S4110 can be used for office use as well. Users can work with spreadsheets, presentations and PDF printing. The laptop weighs only 4.1lbs, which makes it a perfect choice for those who are always on the go.  However, the light weight comes with a few trade-offs.  It lacks DVD burner and battery is not user replaceable. Also, this is not a touch screen laptop. Price of the new Toshiba satellite U945-S4110 is around $500.  Here is a brief review about the machine.

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4110 Specification and performance

Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110 is equipped with Intel core i3-3227u processor which is a dual core processor and works with 1.90GHz frequency. It doesn’t comes with Turboboost Technology thus overclocking is not possible. However, it is hyper threading enabled and, thus, two of the CPU cores will be able to handle 4 threads at a time. User will get better performance while working with multithreading applications like Adobe CS6 Photoshop and premiere, compressing file using WinRAR, WinZip – as compared with Pentium processor with similar clock speed.

Toshiba U945-S4110 offers Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics which comes with processor. The graphics is clocked slower as compared to HD 4000 that comes with main stream i3 mobile processor. It supports causal gaming.  You can play Minecraft, Tomb raider, Skyrim, starcraft II etc in low to medium details. Watching HD movies won’t be a problem on this machine.  Basically, these kinds of laptops are designed to provide longer battery life. At the same time, they are not intended for running high end programs or playing games.

The laptop comes with 4 GB memory which can be expanded up to 16 GB. 4 GB memory is sufficient for regular computing.

The 14” LED backlit HD display panel offers 1366×768 and supports 720p playback.

Ports included with the laptop are  1 USB 2.0 port,  1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, HDMI output, audio jacks, RJ 45 jack and one Memory Card Reader slot. VGA port and display Port are missing here.

Networking features include Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. Bluetooth is not available.

Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110 comes with 4 cell 45 whr lithium polymer battery  which offers up to 4.5 hours battery life ( according to the manufacturer)

Pros of Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110

Inexpensive ultrabook

32 GB SSD cache

USB 3.0 with sleep and charge

Cons of Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110

No Touch screen

No Bluetooth

No VGA and display port

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