Toshiba Satellite U845-S406
The Toshiba Satellite U845-S406 is decently priced (at $880) and still packs quite a punch. Its stock speed of 1.7GHz can rev up to 2.6GHz with Intel’s maximum Turbo Frequency feature. While that won’t impress power-PC enthusiasts, the Ivy Bridge dual-core CPU will handle most stressful tasks with ease. The pleasantly smooth multitouch touchpad is quick and responsive, but the keyboard’s keys are stiff. The laptop can fit easily in a typical backpack, yet sports a 14-inch LED-backlit display. Like most Ultrabooks, it lacks an optical drive, but it should serve well for business users on the go.