Toshiba Satellite U945-S4140 14-Inch Ultrabook (Ice Blue with Fusion Lattice)

July 17, 2013 - Comment

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4140 Designed for everyday productivity and entertainment, the Toshiba Satellite U945 Ultrabook (model U945-S4140) 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

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4140

Designed for everyday productivity and entertainment, the Toshiba Satellite U945 Ultrabook (model U945-S4140) 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 Windows 8 operating system.

Now you can harness the incredible speed of its third-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.

 

U945 mainThe 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.

U945 backlit keyboardPremium raised tile keyboard with LED backlighting (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.

U945 thinJust 0.78-inches thin.

 

U945 portsIncludes 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.

LED-Backlit Keyboard

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.

U945 coverShow off your style with a sleek, clean design (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.

HDMI Output

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.

 

Key Specifications

14-inch TruBrite LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing

core i5

1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3337U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.7 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 (1600 MHz; 16 GB maximum)

Mobile Intel HD integrated graphics with up to 1664 MB of dynamically allocated shared graphics memory, support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games

HD webcam with microphone

Built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D audio enhancement

Up to 4.5 hours of use with 4-cell battery

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) via Centrino Wireless-N 2230 chip delivers up to 300 Mbps speed, greater range and reliability, and excellent energy efficiency. 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 U945 portsSee larger image. finish ice blueFusion Lattice finish in Ice Blue (view larger). U945 coverSee larger image).

What’s in the Box

This package contains the Toshiba Satellite U945-S4140 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

Toshiba’s commitment to sustainability shines through all aspects of our business: Greening of Process, Greening of Products and Greening by Technology. Our long-term commitment, Environmental Vision 2050, helps reduce overall carbon emissions over the next three decades. Toshiba also adheres to worldwide environmental guidelines, insists our suppliers do the same and offers innovative take-back programs to ensure proper end-of-life product disposition.

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 Accessories

 

Dynadock U3.0 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.

 

Canvio Hard Drive 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.

 

USB Mobile LCD Monitor 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.

 

Extreme Backpack 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.

 

Nano mouse Toshiba Wireless Mouse

The Toshiba Nano Wireless Laser Mouse gives you precise cursor movement and accuracy without the wires. It features a nano receiver, convenient scroll wheel, programmable buttons, and Tilt-Wheel technology. The nano receiver is small enough to be left in the USB port or stored inside the mouse when not in use.

 

Power adapter 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.

Comments

Joshua Robert Cooper says:

Doesn’t meet the Ultrabook Battery Requirement, but is a good laptop This Laptop is excellent in terms of performance and ability, but what I don’t like is that it doesn’t meet the 5 hour minimum battery life requirement to be considered a Ultrabook. This is largely due to the fact that it has a 4 cell battery. It gets closer to a 2.5 hour during normal usage. The Intel i5-3317U is a good processor. Heck I even got this rig to run Skyrim, and the frame rate was actually pretty good. If you’re looking for a primary laptop then this is a good decision although there are still laptops in this price range that I prefer more…cough cough…Lenovo is awesome. Toshiba needs to make some improvements into the battery life, but in terms of responsiveness we got this device to boot in 11 seconds, from completely powered off to powered on state so that is pretty impressive considering this still runs a Hybrid Hard Drive. I do like that it has 2 USB 3.0s which are fantastic for flash drives and external hard drive. I’ve even appreciated that they can charge my…

EvangelismCoach "EvangelismCoach.org" says:

Runs cool, works well, but two annoying problems kill this machine for me I use my laptop for nearly all my work and browsing time. I can spend hours processing video, recording, writing, reading, etc. I consider myself a heavy user.After a fried motherboard on another machine, I bought this windows 8 model.My trepidation was hearing all the reviews about the need for a touch screen with windows 8, and this model doesn’t have it. After two weeks of heavy use, I’ve figured out how to work with windows 8 to do what I need as if I was in windows 7. The new start screen is a layer that is useless for me, so I’ve reverted to the familiar desktop.The F1-F12 keys came with a configuration that is different than all my other laptops – the special functions were the default – as in F4 switched the displays to an unconnected monitor (that’s annoying). The F2 key was rigged to switch between active windows (CTRL Tab), rather than to edit a cell in a worksheet. All the keyboard short cuts I’ve been working with for years were…

Michael P. Daugherty "Doc" says:

Great Hardware/Performance/Look Windows 8 is Disappointment Great ultrabook format…my petite wife can drag this around with ease, and hardware wise, it is powerful. Windows 8, however, they just seemed to change things to change them, and made things that ARE relatively easy to use in Windows 7, obscure and difficult to find in 8…not sure HOW this is an advancement in user interface, just seems to be “different to be different”.

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