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Toshiba's second-gen Ultrabook: the Satellite U840

By David Flynn     Filed under: thin and light notebooks, ultraportable notebooks, Toshiba, ultrabooks

Another week, another Ultrabook... it seems these super-slim, super-light notebooks will be among the high-tech hits of 2012, especially for business travellers who've grown tired of toting a conventional not-slim not-light laptop.

So here's one more Ultrabook for your shipping list: Toshiba's Satellite U840.

This is the second Ultrabook from the Japanese giant, following the Satellite Z830 – which tied with the MacBook Air as our Best Laptop of 2011 for Australian Business Travellers.

The $1,500 Satellite U840 doesn't replace the Z830 – it just tweaks the formula with a slightly larger 14 inch screen plus a unique 'hybrid' drive combining the 320GB capacity of a mechanical disk with a 16GB solid-state module for fast start-up and resume.

By monitoring which files the U840 loads most often, and which other files they in turn summon from the hard disk's digital depths, the drive automatically copies those frequently-used files into the SSD. That includes the core Windows 7 OS files as well as applications and your own documents.

It's much faster to open these from the solid state drive than a mechanical disk drive, although of course any time you use the hard drive there's going to be a more more waiting.

And while the Satellite U840 isn't as svelte as the Z830 – it just scrapes in under 2cm in width and 1.75kg on the scales – it's still within the Ultrabook realm and our own '2x2' definition of what a thin+light laptop needs to be (that's 2cm and 2kg, in case you were wondering).

The rest of the recipe is all you'd expect: Inte's mid-range Core i5 processor, which has enough muscle for day-to-day tasks and then some; 8GB of RAM; two standard USB 2.0 ports plus a high-speed USB 3.0 socket, plus Ethernet networking and a full-size HDMI jack for video output.

Toshiba rates the battery life as good for "up to eight hours" between charges.


About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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1 on 30/1/12 by AirportParty

Although people are general impressed with Ultrabooks, they have specific down turns and greater responsibilities than a father would expect of a young man. If you get the spirit of what I am saying, then you may understand what i thought about meaning to say. Whether or not it wasn't relevant or geographically correct.

1 on 31/1/12 by Al

Umm, yeah, okay.

2 on 1/2/12 by AirportAddict

Stop bubbling our utterly useless rubbish and say something that will help a business traveller. Dont give them an example of somone who has gone insane from blogging to hard on a Business Travel website...

Anyway comments sort of make me laff out loud if you know what i mean! :D

1 on 3/2/12 by AirportParty

excuse me? offened.

1 on 3/2/12 by AirportAddict

Sorry if i have offended you. I feel deeply apologetic and bad and sad.


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