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Toshiba Satellite P845-106 Notebook Review

keyboard

Out 87 glossy black individual keys passes the keyboard of the test device. A dedicated number pad is missing, but it is not to be expected in a 14-inch device. We tested the keyboard in the categories of stability, typing feel and key layout. With 15 mm the letter keys are wide enough to be sure to find that 3 mm gaps There is enough space between the individual keys to avoid typing errors, even for those who write quickly.

We are not enthusiastic about the feeling when the keys are pressed: a very short stroke Without a clearly defined pressure point, the keyboard does not appear valuable. In addition, some keys sound different than others, for example the "right arrow" key is much louder than the other arrow keys. Speaking of arrow keys: These are like most smaller notebooks trimmed in height which can be inconvenient for gamers. On the other hand, it is very good that Toshiba has one backlit keyboard built in, with which you can work even in poor light conditions, this feature is only offered by a few competitors, such as Dell or Acer.

Unfortunately, the stability of the keyboard leaves a lot to be desired: it is there in all places clearly after printing and at the transition to the aluminum case, the matte gray substructure of the keyboard does not look exactly solid. The input device is sufficient for those who do not use the keyboard a lot, for example mostly watching films on their notebook or listening to music, but those who write a lot and like to gamble should connect an external keyboard.

Touchpad

The touchpad is very large advised: At 11.5 cm, the touch-sensitive area is just as big as the Alienware M17x, a full 17.3-inch notebook. However, the buttons on the Toshiba Satellite P845-106 are direct integrated into the surface of the touchpad. The user should make sure not to have a finger on the touchpad button while using the touchpad, otherwise the pad will sometimes not recognize the movements correctly. Solutions with separate buttons are more convenient here.

As far as the sliding properties of the surface are concerned, however, we are very satisfied, as well as with the operation of the keys, which are confirmed with a clear pressure point and a pleasant clicking sound significantly higher quality show than the keyboard. Multi-touch gesturesas known from mobile devices are possible on the touchpad, but not quite as useful in Windows 7 as in Windows 8. Toshiba has copied a small gimmick from HP: You can do this with a double tap on the upper left corner Deactivate touchpad. Then, however, an LED in the touchpad lights up constantly, which some users can find annoying, the LED blinded us - it's best to try it out before buying.