Hands-on: Toshiba U845W Ultrabook with Ultra-wide Display
Earlier this month, Toshiba introduced the Satellite U845W ultrabook with an extraordinarily wide screen. Brad Linder of Liliputing was able to get his hands on this device and the summary of his report is as follows:
- The Satellite U845W has a 1792 x 768 pixel display that measures 14.4 inches across. This computer is aimed for true cinema fans looking for a 21:9 display. Due to its unusual screen size, it can handle videos shot in a 21:9 aspect ratio without showing any black bars above or below the video.
- Because of ultra-wide display, videos designed for 16:9 or 4:3 displays are going to display black bars on the left and right sides of the screen.
- Multiple apps or two or more web browser windows side by side on the display can be ran. But the unusual screen was clearly designed with video in mind.
- The ultrabook is much longer than a typical notebook with a 14 inch screen. It has a full-sized backlit keyboard in the center with Harman Kardon speakers on the sides.
- The Toshiba Satellite U845W measures 0.82 inches thick and weighs about 3.5 pounds — making it a lot lighter than it looks, and significantly lighter than many other ultrabooks with large displays.
- The laptop has 3 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack. It has an Ivy Bridge processor, but does not have a removable battery or upgradeable memory.
Toshiba Satellite U845W will be available soon for $999 and up.