The Bottom Line
- Excellent Keyboard and TrackPad
- Exceptional Build Quality
- Sleeker, More Compact Design
- Above Average Price Tag
- Battery Life While Good Less Than Previous Model
- Display Bezel Still Too Large
- Intel Atom N450 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.5" x 7.6" x 1.4" @ 2.6 lbs.
- Windows 7 Starter, Works, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Toshiba mini NB305-N410 10.1-inch Netbook Laptop PC
Feb 2 2010 - Toshiba's mini NB305 keeps many of the major design points of the previous NB205 and puts together a sleeker design with new internal components. On the exterior, the chassis features a more wedge like design with a lower profile on the front. It also transitions the battery from sticking out the back and shifts it to stick slightly out the bottom back hinge in a very unobtrusive way.
The best overall design aspect of the Toshiba mini NB305-N410 is the keyboard and trackpad. Toshiba provides one of the largest trackpads in the netbook market that is extremely responsive and easy to use with its dedicated buttons. The keyboard uses an isolated key design that provides a good amount of space that is one of the better on the market.
The new Intel Atom N450 processor performance is roughly the same as netbooks such as the NB205 that used the Atom N280 processor. The real difference comes not from the processor speed but the faster memory controller that allows for a 30% memory performance boost. This still severely limits the capabilities of the netbooks compared to more traditional laptop computers and even the new CULV ultraportables.
Rather than moving up to a larger 11.6-inch display, Toshiba decided to stick with the same 10.1-inch display size. Overall, the LED backlit screen is very bright and colorful with some very strong viewing angles for such an inexpensive system. Along with the new PineTrail processor, the graphics use the new Intel GMA 3150. Those hoping for the ability to playback HD video content will be disappointed to learn that this still fails to handle 720p video sources.
One would assume that the battery life on the Toshiba mini NB305-N410 would be better than the previous NB205. Somehow though, the system was only able to achieve roughly five and a quarter hours of streaming video playback compared to the nearly six on the NB205. This is a bit below some of the other PineTrail based netbooks with 6-cell batteries but for many people it will be more than enough for all day computing with more typical usage.
The big downside to the Toshiba NB305-N410 will be its price. At $400, it is on the higher side of the new PineTrail netbooks with similar features. At $400, it would have been nice to see a few more features such as Bluetooth. What really sets apart the Toshiba NB305-N410 though is the build quality. The materials used for the system have a much better feel and fit than many other netbooks that cost less or even the same.
Overall, the Toshiba NB305-N410 is certainly one of the better designed and functional of the new crop of netbooks. While it may not have the same battery life as other netbooks, the keyboard, trackpad and feel make it one of the better choices for those looking to use a netbook frequently.