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conclusion:We're mixed

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If you're looking for an ultra-widescreen laptop to watch movies in a 21:9 aspect ratio, you should get the U845W, which also includes good Harman Kardon speakers to enhance your media experience. If you're planning to use a laptop for anything else, you may want to reconsider, however, as that ultrawide display makes this somewhat bulky compared to most other Ultrabooks, and the U845W's performance, display and keyboard are just average.

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    7.0
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    8.0
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    6.6
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    8.0
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    7.5
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    7.2
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7.0
Engadget Aug 6, 2012

We like the U845W for its powerful speakers and attractive, portable design. It's just not the most practical system, and though $1,000 is palatable in a world of high-priced Ultrabooks, you can find faster, longer-lasting Ultrabooks for a similar price.

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8.0
Wired Aug 13, 2012

I was immediately prepared to dislike this machine for simply being ‘too different.’ But after actually using it for a while, it eventually won me over.

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8.0
AllThingsD Sep 10, 2012

Among the standout features of the laptop were its battery life and its speakers... Despite these features, the Toshiba U845W is still a niche product that, for now, will likely appeal to only true cinephiles or multitaskers.

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7.0
CNET Jul 30, 2012

The media-geared Toshiba Satellite U845W has an extrawide 21:9 screen and Harman-Kardon speakers, but no DVD or Blu-ray player. The screen is a novelty act that offers some benefits, but it's really no better than your standard laptop for most uses.

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7.0
Ars Technica Sep 27, 2012

Toshiba's widescreen experiment compares pretty favorably to the 1366x768 screens that glut the Ultrabook and low-to-mid-end laptop markets, but in most cases a higher-resolution 16:9 display is going to be a better choice.

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6.0
Gizmodo Aug 20, 2012

There's more and more 21x9 content out there.... So there's room for an honest, premium machine that takes advantage of it, and then uses its mutant width in creative ways, either with traditional Windows or in Metro. But the U845W isn't that machine. Not yet.

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6.0
PC Mag Aug 14, 2012

The Toshiba Satellite U845W-S410 will attract movie lovers craving extra-widescreen entertainment, but the 21:9 display winds up being more of an inconvenient gimmick than a feature.

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8.0
CNET AU Sep 7, 2012

It's a little bit different, and we'd hazard a guess that only a few people will be sold by Toshiba's extra-wide display. For those who do get the appeal, they'll also find a well-built, well-featured laptop, with better than usual audio.

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8.0
Liliputing Aug 19, 2012

I’m not convinced that a laptop with a 21:9 aspect ratio display makes sense if you view it as a computer built for watching videos... If the Toshiba Satellite U845W had a user replaceable battery, a keyboard I enjoyed typing on, and a cheaper SSD option, I would seriously consider picking one up...

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8.0
TrustedReviews Oct 24, 2012

Toshiba has taken a brave step in being the first to introduce a ‘cinematic’, ultra widescreen laptop into the market. The Satellite U840W is an all-round goody bag combining generally premium build and materials with a usable backlit keyboard ... along with good battery life.

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7.0
Computer Shopper Aug 17, 2012

Its super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio screen makes Toshiba's 14.4-inch ultrabook ideal for the latest movies and videos, but a bit ungainly for everyday use.

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