Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X – Low battery life, not for travelers
Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X might not be a perfect laptop but it certainly will impress you with its specifications. There is Core i5 second generation processor, Nivida GeForce high-powered GT 525 graphics card with Optimus technology, fantastic speakers, 500 GB hard drive, 6 GB RAM, and Blu-ray drive. All this is packed in a 14 inch frame with a price tag of $1,099. There is also a backlit keyboard.
Perhaps the only thing wrong about the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X is the battery life. In my lab tests, this laptop didn’t even last three hours. The hardware has been upgraded a bit as compared to the last years M645 that I reviewed but such low battery life is disappointing. There is the Toshiba Portege R835 which also comes with a standard voltage Core i-series processor and it lasts over seven hours. The laptop would have been better if the battery life was more. I won’t recommend this laptop to any serious traveler owing to the low battery life.
In the past, I have often complained about the design of Toshiba laptops. They are a bit ugly and the manufacturer hasn’t upgraded it yet. Externally, it is identical to the M-series laptops that had island like, raised keyboard. It has textured patterns that are finger resistant on the back lid and interiors and the keyboard has backlighting made of bright and small LED lights. This laptop is a bit thicker than Toshiba’s own Portege or the MacBook Pro. The plastic texture has Charcoal Fusion pattern which looks a bit garish but it is good in keeping the smudges away.
Keyboard on the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X is better than that the earlier Satellite notebooks but the buttons have shiny gloss and are smaller than that on the A665. Some of the buttons feel cramped and this is a shame because there is extra room on the laptop sides. The manufacturer could have given an edge to edge keyboard for the extra finger room. A big plus here is keyboard backlighting. Below the keyboard, there is touchpad having matte light finish and it is responsive. The pad could have been a bit bigger and the big plastic buttons located below look a bit cheap.
Above the Toshiba Satellite M645-S4118X keyboard, there is touch sensitive controls with LED backlighting for volume control, Eco battery saving utility, backlighting, and Wi-Fi toggle. There is an annoying beep while pressing these buttons and you can turn this off in the settings but you will need to dig deep inside for it.