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Toshiba's Satellite U845t brings touch to a more affordable Windows 8 laptop

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Toshiba U845t
Toshiba U845t

Take your existing products, and add touch. It's a formula we're seeing over and over here at CES, but primarily only with higher-end machines. Toshiba's brought the same formula to its low-end products, with the new Satellite U845t — it's basically the old U845, with a touchscreen added. The 14-inch laptop still comes with a Core i3 or i5 processor, up to 6GB of RAM, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and of course Windows 8. The touch-enabled model weighs four pounds, and is 0.8 inches thick — adding touch capabilities tends to increase both the size and weight of a Windows PC. Touch also tends to raise the price, but Toshiba's introducing the touch-capable U845t for the same price — $799.99 — as the non-touch model cost last year. If touch-enabled computers are going to take over the world, inexpensive computers need to be touch-enabled, and this is a solid step in that direction.