Toshiba NB305 Review

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Posted 17 Oct, 2010 4:25 pm

I have been a long standing fan of the Toshiba NB305 series, I actually picked my Mom up the NB305-310 last Christmas, so the updated NB305-440 with the upgraded 1.6 GHz N455 processor seems like a win win situation. I am a fan of the keyboard and the build quality, the upgrade only severed to make an already great device even better. This 10 inch netbook also sports 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Starter.

Design & Ergonomics

Toshiba has trimmed down this netbook every chance it got, rather then the frame being uniform in thickness it tapers from 1.4 inches in the rear to approximately 0.5 inches in front. The front edge is also more beveled, so the system looks more rounded than before. Its got a sleek and sexy profile and weighs in at 2.8 pounds.

The keyboard is where this netbook is a flat out winner, with its newer chiclet style keyboard which provides more space between each key to make it easier to type. This is the same keyboard style as the NB205 and Nb305-310 so its great to see they didn’t change it. They keyboard is very easy to type with and I was able to type at full speed in less than a couple minutes after adjusting from my desktop keyboard. The keyboard is sturdy and comfortable, and is sporting decent size shift keys. The Touchpad is best in show on a netbook at 3.1 x 1.6 inches and the Pad’s smooth finish makes it easy to navigate the desktop. The separate right and left mouse buttons are large with good feed back.

Another area of improvement is the mini NB305′s integrated speakers, which are hidden below the front edge of the system. On the NB205 you had to strain to hear music and especially dialog when watching TV shows on Hulu. On the new model we could easily hear a Green Day track streaming on Slacker from across the room in a medium-size office.