Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

At first sight the Toshiba Satel­lite U840 looks a bit on the heav­ier side. And it is a bit heavy when you con­sider it with Ul­tra­books like the Toshiba Pro­tégé Z830. But then this is an Ul­tra­book for the masses. DE­SIGN With an Ul­tra Sil­ver etched alu­minium body that gives it a real so­phis­ti­cated look, the U840 stands 19.9mm tall with a weight of 1.59 kg. There are slim­mer Ul­tra­books out there, but this is not a fatso in any sense. The back­lit key­pad is good, but we would have liked a bit more travel in the keys. The only other but­ton around is for power. The key­pad is also of the same ma­te­rial as the rest of the body, though a slightly dif­fer­ent colour. And it is hard to miss the fact that there is lot of room here. US­ABIL­ITY The 14-inch screen is good and works well even with Full HD. Like in other units fea­tur­ing In­tel’s 3rd gen­er­a­tion iCore pro­ces­sor, this one too has great sound qual­ity with SRS Pre­mium Sound 3D. A large screen size also means there are more ports on this Ul­tra­book—three USB ports, one HDMI and a LAN to be pre­cise. PER­FOR­MANCE The In­tel Core i5-3317U CPU is as fast as you would ex­pect with a 3rd gen­er­a­tion chipset. The start-up took 22 sec­onds and wake from sleep was three sec­onds flat, again no sur­prises here. Since fast start-up is not all that easy with a hard-disc drive, Toshiba has used hy­brid drive tech­nol­ogy in­te­grat­ing a 32GB SSD with the 500GB HDD. How­ever, you can­not ac­cess the SSD stor­age. Toshiba has also added some soft­ware en­hance­ments like ReelTime, a time­line based slide through dock to ac­cess your files in one touch. There is also the Pin­Board which lets you tweak set­tings and also add/re­move gad­gets and ac­cess tools. It also acts like vir­tual pin­board so that you do not for­get stuff. And, yes, there is wire­less file trans­fer and host of se­cu­rity fea­tures that come bun­dled with the In­tel sys­tem. If you are look­ing for a Ul­tra­book that ticks most of the boxes with­out burn­ing a hole in your pocket, the Satel­lite U840 is def­i­nitely worth a look.

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