Toshiba Satellite P745D-S4240
A new 14 inch cheap laptop
If your old laptop is not up to the task anymore and you want a new one with good graphics and a budget price, the new Toshiba Satellite P745D-S4240 might be exactly what you need. But, if you favor speed and battery live over all else, then we recommend you to buy some other device. Find out more about info on this product from our following review.
Fusion X2 finish design
The design of this Toshiba P745D-S4240 wasn’t changed from its predecessors. The 13.4″ x 9.0″ glossy body is thick and made of plastic, which means that the product is protected against smudges; the dark metallic-silver color it comes in is called Fusion X2 finish in Platinum. As a minus: the lid’s gaps were too large. Other than that, the laptop we tested has a weight of 1.1-1.4ounces and it felt solid.
Opening the lid presented us with an island-type keyboard whose buttons felt nice under our fingers. When compared to other devices, the Satellite P745D-S4240 features a wider space between the page up/down keys and the rest of the keyboard, which makes finding the Shift and Enter keys easier.
1.366 x 768 pixels resolution
We declare ourselves nonfans of the laptop’s volume controls. Why, you ask? Because they had a very annoying and loud beep which we couldn’t get rid of fast enough. The Toshiba Satellite P745D-S4240 also comes with a touchpad; during our test for this review it was pretty responsive.
Moving on, the display is 14″, glossy, with a resolution of 1.366 x 768 pixels and 16:9 LED-backlit. While it generally offered good performance image-wise, whenever we would tilt the viewing angle the quality would deteriorate.
AMD A6-3400 processor
The newest Satellite P745D-S4240 manufactured by the people behind Toshiba uses a processor called 1.4 GHz AMD A6-3400 quad-core CPU. The team at the Japanese company made this type of processor for users who mind their budget when buying a laptop. This means that the device won’t score great grades when it will come to multitasking activities, but it will excel in the majority of mainstream ones; which it did when we tested it. As for operating system, this product runs on Windows 7 Home Premium (the 64-bit version).
The memory and storage space are as follows: 6GB with 1.333MHz DDR3 and 640GB (with 5.400rpm). They were more than enough for day-to-day use. The AMD Radeon HD 6520G graphics worked well, but we weren’t really that impressed; so this laptop is not for serious gamers.
Weak battery life
Where connectivity and networking are concerned, the Satellite P745D-S4240 sports 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11n, headphone and mic jacks and other ports and inputs.
The webcam bundled with this laptop didn’t deliver very bright or properly exposed images. The speakers are among the best features on this gadget; we could listen to music, watch movies and so on in the best of audio conditions.
As stated in the beginning of our review, this device doesn’t have a very good battery, because it only lasts for 3 hours. As for warranty, Toshiba offers its P745D-S4240 1-year labor and parts one. There’s also customer support via the Internet and telephone.
As a conclusion, we must say that we’re not big fans of this laptop. Not to say that it’s a horrible device, only that there are far better ones out there.
|Screen Size :14.0″ widescreen HD TruBrite® LED Backlit display 16:9 aspect ratio, Supports 720p content, 1366×768 (HD)|
|OS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|Processor: AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M Accelerated Processor|
|Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333MHz memory|
|Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6520G|
|Optical: DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)|
|Storage:640GB HDD (5400rpm)|
|Webcam: Webcame and microphone built into LCD bezel|
|Audio: harman/kardon® stereo speakers, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono), Waves MaxxAudio® 3|
|Adaptor: 65W (19V 3.42A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input|
|Networking: Wi-Fi Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth® V3.0 + HS, 10/100 Ethernet LAN|
|Battery: Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-Cell)|