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Toshiba’s new Satellite laptop is one of a kind

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Sometimes a product comes across my desk that deserves a little more attention than the others. Toshiba's

Satellite U845W Ultrabook — the first of its kind - is such a product.

Full disclosure: I'm a Mac guy. Many writers are. But this computer may be the first PC to sway this writer to the dark side. It's the world's first Ultrabook with an Ultra-Wide 21:9 Cinematic display. Toshiba says it's designed for movie enthusiasts, but I've got a big TV for that. Unsure of its true potential, I brought the Satellite to my dear friend and IT Consultant Billy Liu. Billy pulls no punches with his criticism and is rarely impressed.

This time, Toshiba managed to impress him.

"The build quality is rather exceptional for this unit. I usually don't have much praise for Toshiba notebooks. I guess this was the Little Engine That Could. The choice of materials and design were both stylish and practical, from the aluminum casing which is heat dissipating and classy looking, to the black rubber front half that sets a two-tone color scheme for the laptop. The thermal solution is also well implemented and that is very important since that has a direct impact on reliability," he said.
Toshiba says the Satellite U845W is the first Ultrabook of its kind to feature a 14.4-inch diagonal ultrawide-HD TruBrite display with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio.

"This display is ideally suited for movie buffs looking to enjoy 2.35:1 movies in their original format — without black bars commonly seen on most laptop displays. The distinctive display is also ideal for multitasking, providing more space for better split-screen viewing of Office apps, streaming video, social networking, browsing and IM," said a Toshiba spokesperson.

Billy agrees, saying that the ideal customers for this laptop are business professionals who work in fields such as writing, audio editing and creation, or for people who manage excel sheets.

"Basically, people who you'll find with a multi-monitor setup at their desk would appreciate the extra width in a mobile platform."

The extra wide display is definitely the most standout feature of this unit — which is currently the only laptop on the market with an extra wide display. This product is pioneering a niche in the mobile computing market that was never before explored.

"The extra wide display in a mobile platform is exclusive to Toshiba at this time so it will win them the niche customers. The niche may appear small at this time but the potential is still largely unknown," Billy said.

For more about Toshiba's new laptop, visit

Note: This was written by Victor Paul Alvarez, a Digital Crave contributor.

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