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Toshiba Satellite U840W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of Toshiba Satellite U840W. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the design and usability. The performance and portability also get good views, whereas there are some negative comments about the touchpad and keyboard.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Satellite U840W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

Review Toshiba Satellite U840W 21:9 Ultrabook

 

Moviebook. Those believing that notebook manufacturers are done innovating are obviously wrong. Toshiba recently rolled out the Satellite U840W - the first Ultrabook with a theater-like 21:9 aspect ratio. Is this a notebook specifically for movie...

high quality chassis ; keyboard backlight ; better overview of display area ; very high sound quality ; good battery life

meager port selection ; small keys ; frustrating touchpad

None. 21:9 notebooks are not yet mass marketed. Closest competition might be high-resolution Ultrabooks featuring the 16:9-format: The Asus UX31A (FHD IPS) and the Samsung 900X3C (HD+)

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Toshiba Satellite U840W

 

Credit is due to Toshiba for doing something unique with the Satellite U840W, an ultrabook that sports a screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Unique aspect ratio looks weird, but grows on you quickly. Great performance. Ruggedized design makes for easy toting. Very nice audio quality, courtesy of Harman Kardon speakers

Touchpad misses too many taps. Crummy keyboard. Why no numeric keypad? Loud fan

Aug, 2012

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Expert review by: Taimoor Hafeez (tbreak.com)

Toshiba Satellite U840W Review

 

Ultra-widescreen ultrabook for your entertainment needs.

Full screen cinemascope videos; Split screen multi-tasking; Built-in GPU powerful to play recent games; Light weight and stylish; Backlit keys; harman/kardon speakers are very impressive

Screen is not IPS; Keyboard dents when typing; Niche appeal

It’s a tough choice, and therefore the decision on whether to buy the Toshiba Satellite U840W will depend purely on the type of media you consume. If you’re looking to watch a lot of movie on the go, then the 21:9 ultra-widescreen of the U840W makes...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Anand Tuliani (tech.firstpost.com)

Toshiba Satellite U840W Review

 

Toshiba has taken a slightly different approach with its newly launched Ultrabook, the Satellite U840W. Weighing in at just 1.68 Kg, it's lightweight and sports a sleek design. What makes it stand out in the crowd is its display—the U840W is the first...

As for the comfort, it takes some time getting used to the shallow travel of the keys. The trackpad is comfortable to use and has a good tactile response. The ports are placed on the sides for convenient access. We like the thought of placing one of...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: tech2 Connect (tech.firstpost.com)

Toshiba Satellite U840W Review - Tech2

 

Toshiba has taken a slightly different approach with its newly launched Ultrabook, the Satellite U840W.

The Toshiba Satellite U840W is available in two variants—U840W-X0310 and X0110. Both the variants feature identical configuration. The only difference is that the X0310 ships with Windows 7 Home Premium and the X0110 ships with Windows 8. The...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Satellite U840W (PSU5RA-002001) Ultrabook

 

The Toshiba Satellite U840W is designed for multimedia above all else -- it has exceptoinal speakers and its extra-wide screen allows many movies to fit in it perfectly, but it's also very useful for multitasking. We like the build quality and the...

Well built and very stylish Provides a great multimedia experience Good battery life

Glossy screen Keys a little too shallow Slow networking

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite U840W (PSU5RA-002001) Ultrabook

 

Toshiba U840W review: an extra-wide, and very stylish Ultrabook that offers a fantastic multimedia experience

Well built and very stylish ; Provides a great multimedia experience ; Good battery life

Glossy screen ; Keys a little too shallow ; Slow networking

The Toshiba Satellite U840W is designed for multimedia above all else -- it has exceptoinal speakers and its extra-wide screen allows many movies to fit in it perfectly, but it's also very useful for multitasking. We like the build quality and the...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite U840W (PSU5RA-002001) Ultrabook

 

Toshiba U840W review: an extra-wide, and very stylish Ultrabook that offers a fantastic multimedia experience

Well built and very stylish ; Provides a great multimedia experience ; Good battery life

Glossy screen ; Keys a little too shallow ; Slow networking

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Toshiba Satellite U840W pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Taking the chance to claim a "world's first", Toshiba has launched an Ultrabook with a cinemascope display - the Toshiba Satellite U840W. That's right,

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Toshiba Satellite U840W review

 

The Toshiba Satellite U840W ultrabook is the world's first 21:9 laptop

High quality keyboard ; Responsive trackpad ; Good inputs

Awkward screen ; Thick build ; Heavy weight

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:24-bit / HD / HDA / SRS / SRS Premium Sound 3D / SRS Premium Sound HD / SRS PS 3D
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon

Battery

Battery Capacity:54 / 5400
Battery capacity (Watt hours):54
Battery life (max):5.1 / 5.15 / 5.25 / 5.4 / 6.25 / 7 / 7.45 / 7.75 / 7.9 / 8
Battery performance:5400
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.4
Number of battery cells:3 / 4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 800
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Certificates

Energy Star certified:No / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Brown / Black, Brown, Silver / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Grey / Metallic, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Multimedia / Ultrabook
Product type:Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 16:9, 21:9 / 21:9
Display Diagonal:14 / 14.4
Display Resolution:1792 x 768
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.696
Maximum Resolution:1792 x 768 / 2048 x 1536
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.696
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Czech / Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Spanish
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:87
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Clickpad / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:10 / 6
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board / On-board + SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+EDR / 3.0+HS / 4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Networking topology:Fast Ethernet
SIM card support: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-2362.2 - 393700.8 / 0 - 1574803 / 0 - 1574803.1
Non-operating shock:60
Non-operating vibration:1
Operating altitude:-2362.2 - 118110.2 / 0 - 393700.8 / 0 - 393701
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating shock:10
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:0.5
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:24-bit / HD / HDA / SRS / SRS Premium Sound 3D / SRS Premium Sound HD / SRS PS 3D
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:14 / 14.4
Display Diagonal (metric):14.4
Ethernet interface type:Fast
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
GSM module: No
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Internal video mode, resolution:1792 x 768
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Technology:Wireless LAN, Bluetooth

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:3
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint reader: No
HDD recovery: Yes
Password protection:BIOS, HDD / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, SSD, User / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Power on, User / SSD, Supervisor, User / Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, SSD, User / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Power on, User / SSD, Supervisor, User / Supervisor, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No

Software

Bundled software:Intel AppUp Center\nIntel RAID Driver\nIntel Rapid Start Technology Software\nIntel Rapid Storage Technology\nIntel Wireless Display\nMcAfee AntiTheft\nMcAfee Security Advisor\nMicrosoft FreshPaint\nMicrosoft Office trial\nMicrosoft Solitair Collection\nSRS Premium Sound HD\nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist\nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA Function Key\nTOSHIBA Media Player\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor\nTOSHIBA Places\nTOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator\nTOSHIBA Resolution+\nTOSHIBA Service Station\nTOSHIBA Split Screen Utility\nTOSHIBA System Settings\nTOSHIBA Tempro / McAfee Security Advisor\nMicrosoft FreshPaint \nMicrosoft Solitair Collection \nNero 12 Essentials \nTOSHIBA Function Key \nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist \nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor \nTOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator / McAfee Security Advisor\nMicrosoft FreshPaint\nMicrosoft Solitair Collection\nNero 12 Essentials\nSRS Premium Geluid HD\nTOSHIBA Functietoets\nTOSHIBA Media Player\nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist\nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor\nTOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator\nTOSHIBA Places\nTOSHIBA Resolution+\nTOSHIBA Service Station\nTOSHIBA System Settings\nTOSHIBA Tempro\nIntel RAID Driver\nIntel Rapid Start Technology Software\nTOSHIBA Split Screen Utility\nIntel Wireless Display\nIntel Rapid Storage Technology\nIntel AppUp Center / Microsoft FreshPaint\nMicrosoft Office trial\nMicrosoft Solitair Collection\nNero 12 Essentials / Skype \nWindows Live Essentials \nNero Mercury Media, Nero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup \nToshiba Eco Utility\nToshiba PC Health Monitor \nToshiba Resolution + Plug-in for Windows Media Player \nToshiba TEMPRO\nToshiba Web Camera Application \nSplit Screen Toshiba Utility \nToshiba Recovery Media Creator \nWildTangent Games Console \nToshiba Disc Creator / Skype\nWindows Live Essentials\nNero KwikMedia, Nero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup\nNástroj Toshiba Eco Utility\nToshiba PC Health Monitor\nToshiba Tempro\nToshiba Video Player\nToshiba Split Screen Utility\nToshiba Recovery Media Creator\nWildTangent\nToshiba Disc Creator
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security / McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Office / McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Word & Excel / Microsoft Office, McAfee Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDIO, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 32 / 320 / 352 / 500 / 532

Technical Details

Power supply type:AC/DC

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.87 / 8
Height:0.799 / 0.819 / 0.827 / 1
Weight:3.46 / 3.48 / 3.53 / 3.68 / 3.7 / 3.75 / 4
Width:14.5 / 15