Toshiba Satellite L745D
Most of the Fusion A-Series laptops currently on the market are equipped with 15.6" displays, but not all of them. The Toshiba Satellite L745D is instead shipping with a smaller 14" panel and a smaller chassis, making it the most portable A-Series laptop currently on store shelves.
Weighing in at just under 5 pounds, and with a thickness of 1.3 inches, the Satellite L745D is not an ultraportable, but it is smaller and lighter than the 15.6" competition. This makes it easy to carry around, an ideal quality for a laptop that a student or frequent traveler might be considering.
The hardware picture is similar to the HP Pavilion dv6. For $599 you can pick up an entry level model with an A6 3400M quad core processor that will prove more than adequate for most users. Unlike the dv6, there's no upgrades currently available to more powerful A8 processors. This may be in the works, but for the time being it appears Toshiba is only offering pre-configured laptops with the A6 processor.
Even so, this remains a solid pick, not only because of its size but also because of Toshiba's solid reputation. The brand has consistently scored well in reliability surveys and its products, while not fancy, are generally robust. The L745D is a nice alternative to the dv6 for those who want a smaller, more subdued laptop.