What are the highlights of Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4106? Well, a new 5th generation Core i5 processor to begin with. There’s also plenty of RAM, 8GB, and a terabyte hard drive for people requiring huge storage. The display is Full HD one, also a nice treat for many. But is the laptop ultimately worth its price? That’s what we’ll answer below.
The processor of this laptop is called Core i5-5200U, a member of the 5th generation Intel processor family. The CPU features an ultra-low voltage design, contributing to good battery life, although also meaning the performance isn’t as good as on regular mobile Core i5 processors. There are two cores in the i5-5200U with clock speed being 2.2GHz and turbo speed 2.7GHz. Compared to normal wattage Core i5s, this model is around 25% slower. However, this doesn’t mean the processor sucks. On the contrary, it’s still an i5 – not a Celeron or Pentium – so people wanting to run their programs free of frustration and lag should find it a great choice.
Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4106 comes with 8GB memory, something that should put a smile on power user’s face. And if you’re wondering about maximum memory, the same old story goes here: Most, if not all, Toshiba Satellites officially support RAM upgrade made by a manufacturer-approved entity only. But the key word here is “officially”: I’ve read from their forums that people have installed more memory to Satellites themselves. Most probably you can do so here, too. The maximum memory is 16GB and the current set-up 2x4GB occupy the both memory slots, so removing old RAM module(s) would have to happen first.
You’re not likely to run out of space on this computer. The 1024GB HDD space makes sure of that. Of course, the drive can’t be exactly praised for its speed: At 5400RPM, you’ll get worse user experience than you would on a solid-state drive. But indeed, the huge storage is a plus here, so you have to make a choice. If you want an SSD, you should be able to install it on this laptop if you first remove the hard drive.
Graphics and screen
Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4106 has a 14″ screen, a less popular size, however nothing to afraid of. It’s tad smaller than the common 15.6 inches, so portability should be better. What is however the best thing is the resolution. You’ll get a 1920×1080 display, excellent for folks who enjoy the increased screen estate of a Full HD screen. Also touch is supported, so nobody should have excuses to stay away from the pre-installed Windows 8.1 (64-bit).
The graphics engine in this laptop is integrated to the processor. Thus, gaming experience won’t be the best. The Intel HD 5500 engine is able to run games like GTA 4 and Battlefield 4 on ~25FPS with medium settings and low resolution. Older titles, like Tomb Raider, will be a smooth sail of 40-50 FPS on low details and resolution.
There are two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port in Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4106. That should be all you need USB-wise. In addition, you may also use the laptop’s HDMI output with a HD television or an external monitor.
There should be no worries getting connected to Internet. You’re offered a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port, dual-band (A/C) WiFi adapter and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
If you take a look at the product images you’ll see the laptop is very thin. Alas, there’s no space for an optical drive. So if you need to read or create DVDs, an external optical drive is a must. The SD media card reader can be used as well, but obviously requires that your data is on memory cards.
An HD webcam is fixed on top of the screen, giving you decent video quality on Skype.
Any other things to keep in mind?
Specifications say Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4106 weighs 4.5 pounds, beating 15.6″ laptops that are 5 pounds and more. Running time should be around four hours with the 4-cell battery.
The keyboard is LED backlit. It has no numeric keypad on right due to small size, but this shouldn’t be a problem for most. In fact, it can be an advantage, as the 10-key pad is often just in the way.
Summing it up
Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4106 is almost a high-end machine, sporting nice Core i5 processor and plenty of RAM for people with heavyweight programs and multitasking needs. If you were to play games, you could succeed, although only with details and resolution turned low on many titles. The design is definitely premium, and the low(ish) 4.5 pounds weight is good news for travelers. I can’t say anything sticks out like a sore thumb, and as the price is reasonable too, I could recommend this Toshiba if you’re after some performance without breaking your bank.