Toshiba mini NB305-N410 Netbook Review

The NB305 is even finer than its predecessor NB205 and features Intel’s Atom N450 processor, glossy chassis, and thunderous speakers. But the tagging of the device is slightly steep and also the opponents survive longer on a charge. Nonetheless whatever battery offers should be taken gladly since the system is braced with such a great ergonomic experience.

Design

The frame instead of having uniform thickness has variable measurement. It shrinks from 1.4inch in the back end to roughly 0.5inch in the front end leading to a slim look. The front lip is beveled more to make the system look extra curved than before. The screen bezel has tapered edges, even though the thickness is same as on NB205 it won’t look as crashy. The body is of course lightweight weighing just 2.8 pounds and measures 10.5inch wide, 7.6inch deep and 1.2inch tall.

One of the aesthetic modifications from the forerunner is the battery. The battery projected out from the back in the previous one but here it is creased in underneath and hence trims almost an inch from the device.

It seems that pink is no longer a big seller as Toshiba has offered different colors for this mini. The model comes in 3 tones: blue, white and brown.

Configuration

The device is outfitted with Intel’s new Atom N450 that runs at 1.66GHz and Intel GMA 3150 graphics card. To nosh up the CPU there’s 1GB of RAM which can be expanded up to 2GB, 5,400rpm 250GB hard drive. No optical drive in its kitty.

Display

The netbook boasts a 10.1inch LED backlit LCD display that supports 1024X600 pixel resolution. The glossy screen looks bright but kicks back some reflections whenever you watch the content with dark backgrounds. The viewing angles aren’t wide enough.  Nevertheless, the content appears sharp and colorful.

  • CPU : 1.66-GHz Intel Atom N450 processor
  • OS : MS Windows 7 Starter Edition
  • RAM : 1GB
  • Graphics Card : Intel GMA 3150
  • Display : 10.1inch LED backlit LCD display
  • Camera : 0.3MP
  • Dimension : 10.5 X 7.6 X 1.2 inches
  • Weight : 2.8 pounds
  • Price : $349

Keyboard and Touchpad

It owes the same keyboard and touchpad as on the NB205. The metal island keyboard is the best you can ever have. Keys are responsive and are spaced out neatly. It is comfortable and sturdy and possesses Shift keys of decent size. However the function keys are kinda small and the grey marking on them are not easy to make out against silver backdrop. Also there’s no numerical keypad on the keyboard.

The 3.1X1.6 inches touchpad is the largest one in the 10in category. The pad gains smooth finish which helps in easy navigation of the desktop. The dedicated left and right mouse buttons are huge and can be easily pressed.

Audio

The incorporated speakers are placed below the front lip of the netbook.  You can hear the music clearly and easily in a medium sized office, no need to strain. But the offered volume is comparatively less.

Ports and Connectivity

All the necessary ports are in position on the device. The left spine houses VGA, USB, 3-in-1 memory card reader and Ethernet. Whereas another 2 USB ports, lock slot, mic jack and headphone jack are on the right spine. The USB port housed on the left edge sports Toshiba’s USB Sleep-and-Charge technology, hence you can charge the linked accessories even when the system is off.

Coming to connectivity, it supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connection but not Bluetooth and 3G.

Webcam

The 0.3MP webcam gives you good visuals though not memorable ones. The captured images look blotchy and have kinda pale colors. Toshiba has included Web camera application into the system. This app pops up whenever you mouse towards left part of the screen. Using this utility you can record videos, take still shots from 160X120 to 640X480 resolution and put in visual effects that margin the image such as stars, raindrops.

Performance

In spite of having smaller chassis it won’t get warmer soon. The CPU offers mild improvement in performance over the predecessor and better power efficiency. The hard drive performs well having above average transfer rate. Boots the OS in just 1min 9secs. Using HandBrake it converts a video swiftly but with Oxelon Media Converter it takes longer time than NB205.

The system is actually unsuitable for gaming because the frame rate is low even when played in default settings.

Yes the design is pleasing but more impressive thing is the endurance. It can survive up to 8hours 37mins, more than enough for any user. The 6-cell battery takes 3 hrs 38mins to charge up completely. The 802.11n Wi-Fi card offers decent throughput.

The company offers 1 year of warranty and 24/7 toll-free number support.

Software

The NB305 is bundled with Windows 7 Starter Edition without Aero Peek & Taskbar Preview. You can personalize your PC with window colors, desktop wallpapers, sound schemes. You also get DVD playback, remote media streaming, Windows Media Center, domain support for businesses, or XP mode.

Apart from Norton Internet Security trialware, Microsoft Office 2007 60 days trialware the system is preinstalled with Skype and Microsoft Works. A good set of apps are also embraced which are Bulletin Board for placing the photos, notes on black board at the center of the screen and ReelTime for going back in time to check pre opened files and documents. The devices also comprises of Health Monitor and Eco Utility.

Conclusion

Although there are few hitches it still hits the top of the list. It is so comfortable to handle that you sometime forget that it is a netbook. Keyboard and touchpad are next to nothing which means cannot be compared and hence worth the premium.

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