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Toshiba Satellite U840 review

Toshiba's U840-10V is a lower priced Ultrabook

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1792 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Nice price point
  • Simple clean design
  • Decent processor
  • Generous memory

Against

  • No SSD storage
  • Low res screen
  • Poor battery life

The Toshiba U840-10V comes in at the lower end of the price scale for Ultrabooks. Available online for around £650 (around AU$998/US$1,034), it beats the price of the likes of the Asus Zenbook UX31 by a couple of hundred pounds, and the likes of the Samsung Series 9 by enough to buy a whole second laptop.

But Toshiba hasn't skimped on the laptop's specs, considering the low price. There's an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 14-inch screen, for example.

The flip side is that there's little here that's unique, or that even makes it particularly stand out over its competitors. It's all about fitting the machine to the price, which is fine by us.

Toshiba Satellite U840 10V review

So while you get 500GB of storage, it's a hard drive, rather than an SSD. Yes, you get 6GB of RAM, but not Intel's top-of-the-line processor (though it is still an Ivy Bridge model). You get a 14-inch screen, but it's not flashy 1080p.

At 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick and 1.58kg (3.48lbs), the Ultrabook is also noticeably thicker and heavier than the likes of the MacBook Air 13-inch.

When you consider the extra size the 14-inch screen adds, it does come across as less portable than the high-end Ultrabooks, but it's still far lighter and smaller than your average budget home or work laptop (and a huge amount easier to carry than something like a gaming laptop).

Toshiba Satellite U840 10V review

The design of the Satellite U840-10V is simple, but generally nice. It's got a brushed-slate finished, and wouldn't look out of place in the average office.

There's a black plastic lip at the point where you lift the lid for some reason - perhaps to avoid fingerprints? The Toshiba logo on top feels extremely cheap, but it's the only outward sign that this laptop is targeted more towards the budget end of the spectrum (for Ultrabooks).

Inside, the brushed slate continues across the lower half, while the screen bezel is glossy black. It's adorned with the usual collection of brand stickers (sigh), and a glowing power button at the top. The keyboard is backlit, which is great to see at this price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5.25 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite U840W
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-3317U
ColourPrecious Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size36.6 cm (14.4")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1792 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.68 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR 5.0, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height20.3 mm
Width368.7 mm
Depth200 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU840W
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelU840W-10J
Product NameSatellite U840W-10J
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio21:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSU5XE-00800UEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory10 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • Satellite U840W-10J
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year