Toshiba Mini NB305 Review

Toshiba has updated their NB205 line to include the new Pine Trail processor, and they’ve also updated the styling as well. Laptopmag has gotten their hands on one of the...

Toshiba has updated their NB205 line to include the new Pine Trail processor, and they’ve also updated the styling as well. Laptopmag has gotten their hands on one of the new NB305′s for a review.

Basically the NB305 keeps all of the best parts of the NB205 (keyboard, trackpad, and low price) and improves the bad ones (thick case and huge battery that sticks out). Here are the specs:

  • Processor: 1.67GHz Intel Atom N450
  • Display: 10.1″ 1024 x 600
  • 1GB ram (up to 2GB)
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 3150
  • Windows 7 starter
  • 250GB hd
  • 802.11 b/g/n wifi

The new case tapers down in the front to 0.5″, and without the giant battery bulge in the back makes the new NB305 look much thinner than the NB205.

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The keyboard is one of the best there is with small chiclet style keys and the trackpad is large and roomy. The only complaint was small Fn keys but who uses those anyway?

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The speakers are about average for a netbook but kind of on the weak side.

All of the usual ports are included, vga, mic, headphone, ethernet, mulit-card, and usb’s.

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The PCmark05 benchmarks show that this netbook is on average graphics-wise with other Pine Trail netbooks, including the HP Mini 5102 and the Asus Eee PC 1005-PE:

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The battery lasts around 8 hours and 40 mninutes with average use, which is very good. At a price of only $399 this netbook is one of the best values out there. It starts shipping tomorrow (jan 14th) in java brown, frost white, royal blue and onyx black.

via laptopmag