Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 – Poor battery life

Toshiba’s laptops can be compared to Volvo cars: they are well featured, sturdy, but don’t always inspire. Midsize Satellite from Toshiba blend well in terms of design and this notebook does fall in to that camp. This is also a higher end notebook amongst midrange products and it focuses on what Toshiba does the best – offer high quality video and audio package along with good hardware specs.

Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 is does a good job of combining a game center and home theatre all in to one box. This notebook is a bit costly at $1,049 but the specs are pretty competitive as compared to what other manufacturer’s offer. This product has fast graphics, upscaling DVD player, great built in speakers and this trio makes up (to some extent) for the absence of a Blu-ray player. The lack to Intel Wireless Display too is not unforgivable here but I was disappointed to see the low juice in this laptops battery.

Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 has a thick chasses and it shares many similarities with other recent Toshiba Satellite laptops. The design template has been updated and it looks pretty attractive. On the keyboard deck and outer lid, the manufacturer has put a raised patterned texture on black plastic. This gives the unit a glossy look but doesn’t attract a lot of fingerprints either. The design looks better on the outer lid as compared to the inside. On the interior, the texture clashes a bit with the LED lit media buttons and the touch pad. Also noteworthy is that the raised palm rest is more comfortable and cooler as compared to recent Satellites.

The keyboard has a Chiclet design which is ubiquitous on Toshiba Netbooks and feels great to type even in the dark due to the backlighting. On the flipside, the keys are tightly positioned and small along with a glossy finish and they don’t offer great traction. On the right, there is a separate panel which houses the end, page up/down and home keys and they shorten the Shift and Enter buttons.

Close to the power button of the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055, there is a row of touch sensitive media buttons for energy saving mode toggle, Wi-Fi on/off, volume control, and start/pause music. I was disappointed to see that the volume control buttons are not sensitive enough as compared to other notebooks.

The touch pad of the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055 supports multitouch gestures and has a matte finish. It feels very comfortable on the fingers but I had problems with the multitouch gestures, they often lagged. There is an LED above the touchpad which seems a bit odd but doesn’t distract. On the bottom, there are mouse buttons which feel solid.

This notebook has a 14 inch LED backlit glossy display with 16:9 aspect ratio with a native resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. It is standard for this size of notebooks. I didn’t have anything to complain about the screen, the color were bright and the colors too had that ‘pop’.

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