Not everyone wants (or can afford) Apple's new laptop king. For those still enjoying the Windows 7 pastures, there are some excellent alternatives out there that are pretty wallet friendly, which is always a plus. Exhibit A: Toshiba Satellite P745-S4160. Its name is a mouthful and, call it old school, it also comes equipped with an optical drive. Spec'd mostly for students and casual users, the Satellite P745 packs an 2.3GHz Intel Core i3-2350M processor, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 640GB HDD, Intel Integrated Graphics, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USH 2.0 ports, 14-inch TruBrite TFT LCD (1366×768) for just $679.99. This machine won't boss the spotlight the way Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina does, but darn it, the Toshiba Satellite still quietly orbits the fringes of our tech world.

Satellite P745-S4160 Specs:

  • Price: $679.99; Available now
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Dimensions: 13.4×9.01×1.1-inch
  • Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Display: 14-inch TruBrite TFT LCD 1366×768
  • Battery: 48Wh, 6 hours
  • RAM: 6GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 640 GB HDD
  • Camera: Front webcam
  • Network: Wi-Fi, b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: None
  • Notes: Intel Integrated Graphics, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 year warranty