Toshiba NB305-105 review

This netbook updates Toshiba's lineup and offers impressive portability

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Our Verdict

Although it has some nice features, it doesn't lift its head high enough from the burgeoning netbook market for us to recommend whole-heartedly. However, if you're looking for something cheap and cheerful then this will suit you fine

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Good screen
  • Battery life

Against

  • Some flex on lid
  • Standard netbook performance

Toshiba's NB200 netbook stood out with its fantastic usability and sharp, vibrant screen and is now followed by the NB305-105, another worthy entry to the bustling netbook market.

The 10.1-inch LED backlit screen offers a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution and is typically sharp and bright. This helps to counter any reflectivity from the glossy Super-TFT coating. Colours are well reproduced and images are truly a pleasure to view.

Build quality is excellent, with a durable and attractive chassis holding everything together well. We found the lid showed only a slight degree of flex under pressure, while the hinges are reassuringly solid.

Portability

Portability is another of the Toshiba's strong points, with an impressive 476 minutes of battery life on offer. While its 1.4kg weight means it isn't the lightest netbook, it is still small and light enough to comfortably carry about every day.

The isolated-style keyboard stretches the length of the chassis and the spaces between keys make touch-typing a breeze. However, we found the spacebar to be unresponsive at times on our test model.

The large touchpad offers a smooth, comfortable action, although can occasionally be brushed by accident.

An energy-saving Atom N450 processor is in place and provides basic office performance for browsing the web or typing up documents.

As with most netbooks, the NB305 uses integrated graphics, which provides decent performance for viewing photos and films.

Three USB ports are available for connecting external devices, with one offering Toshiba's Sleep and Charge functionality, allowing portable gadgets such as MP3 players to be charged even when the netbook is switched off. 802.11n Wi-Fi provides high-speed wireless network connectivity.

Overall, the NB305 is a well-built machine that is easy to recommend for its excellent battery life and screen.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyMini NB305
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN450
ColourSnow White
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.33 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 384 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height36.4 mm
Width266 mm
Depth192.3 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesNB305
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelNB305-105
Product NameMini NB305-105 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineMini
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberPLL3AE-00T00NEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Mini NB305-105 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year