Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 – Good overall package but low battery lifeLaptops — on September 27, 2010 at 12:11 am | Comment Now
Toshiba might confuse you with the way they name their laptops but these notebooks are really cool. One such example is Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 which costs $1,050. When a notebook goes past the $1,000 mark I expect some high end features because laptops are getting really cheap these days.
For this price, you get an Nvidia Optimus graphics, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM, and a Core i5 processor. The graphic card is really fast and I would recommend this if you are a looking for a mid range gaming laptop. The performance will certainly not satisfy hard core gamers, however. But I was disappointed to see that this laptop doesn’t have Wireless display or Blu-ray optical drive for this price point. Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 does have a slot loading DVD writer and the 14 inch display too is pretty bright. The Harmon Kardon speakers on this laptop have superb sound quality. Such excellent sounding speakers are quite rare in laptops. Mostly, laptop speakers have tinny speakers which give awful sound quality. Check out this laptop if you are going to listen to a lot of music. I was impressed by the simulated surround sound.
The battery life of the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 is also disappointing. This laptop gave me just two hours of battery juice in my lab tests which is really low for a notebook armed with Optimus technology. The manufacturer is offering extended life batteries separately but they should have given it with the laptop itself since it has a relatively high price.
Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055, on the bright side, has a good assortment of ports. There is an eSATA/USB combo port, VGA port, SD card slot, amongst others. The combo port powers your gadgets when the laptop is turned off or is in sleep mode. It is called sleep-and-charge port and is quite ubiquitous in Toshiba laptops.
The one unique offering on the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 is the sleep-and-music mode which lets you use the laptop speakers for listening to music on your iPod even when the notebook is switched off. This is quite interesting and you will certainly love this feature especially with the sound quality that these speakers have to offer.
The good display, fast graphic card and excellent speaker quality makes the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 ideal for home entertainment use. Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics impressed me in gaming performance. I played some new and old games; this gaming card could take them all easily. I had to tone down the details a bit but you have to do that on most mid range gaming laptops. This is far from a hard core gaming beast but it can certainly play a lot of titles with ease.
Finally, I would say that this is a great 14 inch laptops but the short battery life might be a deal breaker especially for people who travel a lot. But if you are looking for a smaller desktop replacement laptop to watch movies and listen to music, the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 can be considered.