Wide Load: Toshiba Satellite U845W is First Laptop to Wield 21:9 Display, Now with Windows 8

Paul Lilly

For whatever reason, Ultrabook makers have been infatuated with 1,366x768 and 1,600x900 screen resolutions, rarely experimenting with anything higher, regardless of display size. That isn't true of Toshiba, which earlier this month launched its Satellite U845W, purportedly the world's first laptop to play with an ultra-wide 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio (1,792x768). Come October 26, the U845W will get a Windows 8 makeover, Toshiba announced today.

Unfortunately, Toshiba isn't swapping out the panel for a touch-friendly replacement to take advantage of Windows 8's "Modern UI Style," though the company claims the ultra-wide design is "ideal for snapping Windows 8 style apps to the classic desktop." It also has a sizable ClickPad with Windows 8 gestures support.

Taking advantage of the additional real estate, Toshiba includes a split screen utility with pre-configured and custom viewpoint grids that support multiple windows in Desktop mode. Try doing that on a traditional Ultrabook.

Display technology aside, the U845W features Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 and i7 processor options, 500GB hard drive + 32GB SSD cache (or 256GB SSD), 6GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, 1.3MP webcam, memory card slot, and various other bits.

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