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Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

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Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite M640/645

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The Bottom Line

Jun 3 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite M645-S4118X is a decent overall multimedia system especially for its slightly smaller dimensions. The problem is that it falls a bit short of similarly priced competition when it comes to the display or the graphics system. The company either needs to boost features to be more competitive or drop the price to better reflect its true value. Then there is the issue of the lackluster battery life that will deter many who are frequently afar from power outlets.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance
  • Blu-ray Drive
  • Good Quality Speakers

Cons

  • Graphics And Displays Below Many Similarly Priced Multimedia Laptops
  • Battery Performance Improved But Still Below Average
  • As Heavy As Many Larger 15-inch Laptops

Description

  • Intel Core i5-2410M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 14" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M Graphics With 1GB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 13.3" x 9" x 1.4" @ 5.4 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, WinDVD, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X 14-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

Jun 3 2011 - Toshiba's update to their multimedia focused Satellite M645 series brings the second generation Intel Core i processors. For the Satellite M645-S4118X, it uses the Core i5-2410M which is the base mid-range dual core processor. Overall, the performance is a good deal higher than the previous Core i5 models and should let it run just about any type of application on the system with very little problem. It comes with a modest 4GB of DDR3 memory that is typical of most laptops these days.

Being a multimedia laptop, Toshiba has decided to include a Blu-ray compatible optical drive on the Satellite M645-S4118X. In addition to being able to playback the high definition video format, it can also be used to playback or record DVD or CD media. For data storage, the system comes with a 640GB hard drive that provides a good amount of space. Performance from the drive is diminished slightly by the use of a slower 5400rpm drive compared to some laptops that use faster 7200rpm desktop class speed drives. It is sad to see Toshiba remove the eSATA peripheral port from this version of the M645 but at least it now includes the USB 3.0 super speed port for use with high speed external storage devices.

While the Satellite M645-S4118X features a more compact 14-inch display, it has the drawback of not fully support 1080p high definition video. It uses the more typical 1366x768 resolution found on most laptops today that are capable of 720p video playback. Of course, it does come with an HDMI connector for use with external HDTVs or monitors. It also uses a glossy coating that produces a good amount of glare and reflections. The graphics on this model use NVIDIA Optimus technology to switch between the Intel HD 3000 Graphics built into the processor and a GeForce GT 525M dedicated card with 1GB of memory. This is a lower end graphics processor from NVIDIA that is perfectly acceptable for HD video but does limit the overall 3D performance. It is best suited for casual PC gaming at lower detail levels.

Toshiba ships the Toshiba Satellite M645 with a standard six-cell battery pack with a 48Whr capacity that is typical of most laptops in this size range. In DVD playback tests, it fared better than previous Satellite M640 models by achieving almost two and half hours of playback before going into standby mode. Blu-ray playback will yield even less running time as it is more resource demanding. This is close to average but still a bit on the low side compared to many similarly equipped laptops. Toshiba claims up to four and three quarter hours but that is probably a bit too optimistic with more typical usage yield between three and three a half hours.

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