Toshiba Netbook Reviews

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Featured toshiba netbooks:

Toshiba Mini NB205-N230 (NB200 series) 10.1-Inch Black Onyx Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch diagonal Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini notebook that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks

  • 1.66GHz Intel N280 Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
  • 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Integrated Wi-Fi
  • 10.1″ LED Backlit Display, 1024×600 native resolution (WSVGA)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32 bit), *9 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 83 reviews)

List Price: $ 379.99
Price: $ 331.99

Toshiba Mini NB205-N230 (NB200 series) 10.1-Inch Black Onyx Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by LiveFromMichigan:

Well, it looks like I’m first. I have this dream of having a laptop in every room that I use a lot in the house. Mainly my living room and bedroom. I already had two work laptops in my home office and call me lazy but I was tired of carrying the one I use out of the office, up and down the stairs, running out of battery and having to go get the power cord. I decided a netbook might be a good choice for my minor chatting and surfing.

I couldn’t decided between this model and the HP Mini 311. I ended up ordering the HP and buying this one at my local store. This model is very slick looking. I got the Blue one and its very elegant. You wouldn’t mind being seen out with this laptop.

When I got it home I took it out of the box. The battery was already in the netbook but had 0 power so I needed to charge it. I haven’t yet tested how long the battery lasts, I’ll come back to update that.

Out of the box the laptop had me name my netbook then it found my wireless router right away. That was really nice not to have to configure anything. I just put in my routers password and I was on. No work, no hassle no headache.

My unit is running Windows 7 starter edition. I see the Win7 has moved the programs you are running to the bottom of the screen, similar to Mac’s Dock. Microsoft could have made them look a little better but that has nothing to do with this netbook.

I had a few concerns owning a netbook. My husband has one of the original eee Asus Netbooks and I can’t type on those to save my life. Not to mention they get hot enough to cook on. So going in I knew I did not want these two issues.

I have on a pair of thermal (like long johns) material PJ’s and this netbook has been surfed on and chatted with on Aim for the last 7 hours straight. I played a 7 minute youtube video about 10 times trying to get the bottom of the netbook hot. The netbook is a little warm but it never got so uncomfortable I needed to put a book under it. I can’t tell you how happy I am about that.

The trackpad is nice and wide but I have on accident hit it a few times. I think once i’m use to typing on it, this will improve. If not, hopefully I can disable it.

The keyboard is the chicklet style I believe they call it. Similar to those on the MacBook. They are really pretty silver finish but they are also smooth and a little slippery. I think my biggest gripe with this is that they are evenly smooth across the keys. I think a dip in the keys would have given these a better feel. Still for a netbook the spacing on them is quite usable.

I really like the blue and silver color scheme of this netbook. Its small and light weight and I think I can fit it in my purse. And with 9 hours of battery life, I can see why netbooks are really taking off.

So far I’ve only ran into one issue. I had about 12 IE tab windows in total open and I was in chat and I hit a slow down where IE barely responded. At the time my memory was nearly 800MB. I think once I take this up to 2 gigs then it will be fine. I’ve since installed Google Chrome and its been even more snappy.

This unit has a generous amount of USB connectors. At 3 it has more then my MacBook has which is great in this tiny package. It also has a ethernet port, Mic and Headset jack, and of course a SD/SDHC card slot.

With its long batter life, like weight, great style, I think I am going to enjoy carrying this around and not minding it.

My youtube video up until I had to much running actually played quite well. I didn’t notice any slow downs until I over taxed the system.

This notebook is almost perfect. The biggest gripe of all I have is the sound. Its nearly non-existent on this netbook. I think the biggest issue is the placement of the speaker. Its underneath the netbook and gets covered by your lap. Nothing a headset can’t solve but I thought I would point it out.

**Update** I wrote this at 3am and in my rush to get to bed, I forgot to mention two important things.

1. The screen. The screen is just gorgeous for a netbook. Its bright, and colorful and even when you pull it off of AC power to go to the battery it dims a little but not so much that it becomes uncomfortable.

Keep in mind it does have a terrible 1024 x600 which only affects how much scrolling you’ll do. As far as text goes, its very sharp and readable.

2. The Battery. I’m currently using the Netbook on battery and I find that it remains cool. It hasn’t heated up on me after about an hour of use.

The next part about the battery is that it juts out the back about an inch so that its not flush against the netbook. This will probably mean you may have to get a bigger case besides the 10.1 inch size. Even though the battery sticks out the back, it does sit flat on a flat surface. The battery doesn’t raise the back end up at all.

** End of Update One**

**Update Two**

As promised I said I’d be back after testing the battery. I unplugged the AC power at exactly 12 Noon. Between 12 noon and 12 midnight, I’ve had a 2 hour nap, and 1 hour watching my favorite TV show. The netbook set idle and went into sleep mode during those times. Before I went to sleep I stuck my iPhone on it so it could charge it. This took my battery down to about 94% by the time I awaken again. It is now 11:55PM or five til midnight. That’s 12 hours being off AC power. I am at 13% battery life.

Subtracting time for my nap and TV watching, I had roughly 9 hours of battery life. This was only using it to surf and chat. I haven’t run youtube videos or anything like that. I didn’t do any energy savings to try and get more life from it. I used whatever it defaults to and I’m really happy with it. Before when I tried to conserve battery the screen would be so dark I could barely see it. This has been a pleasure to use.

I’ve used it on my lap all day. No heat issues. The palm rest stays cool and the bottom is barely warm. I’ve yet to install any ”real” programs on here besides Aim. I will attempt Microsoft Office 2007 once I have that 2GB stick and i’ll let you all know how that goes.

I have a 2GB stick coming tomorrow. I will update more later.

Also, I’m completely use to the keys now. My one point off is for the sound. Its REALLY low. It is a netbook, but if sounds important to you without using a headset, this isn’t the netbook for you.

**End of Update 2**

**Update three**

I plugged the net book in last night a little after midnight at 10% remaining charge. I find while the battery last a long time, it takes a long time to charge. I took about 3 hour and 40 minutes give or take a few minutes to go back to 100% charge. Still, for the battery life you get I think thats small, however it may stop you from wanting to buy a second battery.

Another side note, I’m finding a few of my XP/Vista programs won’t install. Microsoft messenger and Aim installed fine. My 3m Post-it-notes (XP and Vista compatible)won’t. This isn’t because of the netbook but because of windows starter. Apparently if you upgrade to one of the the other Windows 7 offerings, their is compatibility with XP and Vista. Windows 7 Starter is crippled because of this. They’ve even taken away your ability to change your desktop background, you have to pay the 80 dollar premium if you want these features. I thought I would point this out, while 80 for an Upgraded OS is not bad, it is expensive when its nearly 1/4 the cost of the netbook. XP while old was still a full OS and I myself never had a problem with it getting the job done. If you wait until there is a Windows 7 Version you’ll be fine but it could mean buying software over you already own, making Microsoft’s upgrade cheaper in the end.

I just popped in 2GB of memory. I can confirm the one spot that gets warm on the netbook is the memory. I’m very surprised I feel no heat from the hard drive.

This review has turned into a book. I may comeback if I find anything worth while to inform you about.

**End of update Three**

**Update 4**

Per request, I’ve started testing video playback. I played a couple of YouTube videos and the playback was pretty smooth. I didn’t notice any jerkiness and it was actually better then I thought it would be. I also watched a few clips on Hulu and as long as it wasn’t in full screen mode, playback was pretty smooth. In full screen model I notice some very subtle frame drops or skips. I say subtle because I was studying it to see if I noticed anything. If I hadn’t been looking for it I’m not sure if it would have hampered by experience or not.

I finally tested a pair of headphones and Music playback was smooth and nice and loud, so a headset won’t be an issue with this Netbook.

I noticed when I’m installing programs that the memory does heat up. Thats the only time I noticed it heating up beyond its normal temps. I wish I had a temp monitor so I could see what idle temps are. If I find one I’ll post it.

If you want better Video playback, go with the HP 311. The Nvidia ION 9400 is going to be a lot better for video and output in HD.

**end of update.**

**Update December 10,2009**

I wanted to revise and add a new negative to my review. First the sound I discovered once I plugged my headset in and the realtek manager pops up showed the sound wasn’t all the way up. So my sound isn’t as weak as I thought. However it is still low just not nearly as bad as I first thought.

My main negative, I notice every now and then when using the touch pad that it won’t response to my finger swipes. This last for 1 to 5 seconds and then its fine again but it is annoying when it happens. I would say it happens several times a day now for me. I did some searching around and it seems this is a issue a lot of people are having. It cropped up on Toshiba’s forums if anyone wants to do a search on it.

Since my sound isn’t quite as horrible and now I have this touch pad issue, I’ll leave my review at 4 stars. Hopefully Toshiba will come up with a fix.

**End of Update.**

I think that about covers it. Feel free to comment and leave questions and I will answer them if you need help deciding if you want to buy it.

I will be real curious to see how this stacks up against the HP Mini 311 when it comes in.

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N230 (NB200 series) 10.1-Inch Black Onyx Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) now for only $ 331.99!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch diagonal Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini notebook that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks

  • 1.66GHz Intel N280 Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
  • 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Integrated Wi-Fi
  • 10.1″ LED Backlit Display, 1024×600 native resolution (WSVGA)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32 bit), *9 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 60 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 334.00

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by M. Hewitt:

I looked at netbooks for about 2 months, comparing all of the various features. Then I went on the road to see them in person and put my hands on the keyboard. I ended up choosing the Toshiba NB205-N325 because it met all my criteria (Windows 7, upgradable RAM, great battery life, and overall quality construction) and because it has the best keyboard for my hands. The chicklet keys are great and the sub-sized keyboard only slows me down a little from a full-sized version.

After shopping all around I ended up buying it direct from Amazon. They had the best price on cyber monday of 329.99. Interestingly, the price is now back up to 380+ so I guess I got lucky with the timing.

I tossed the 2GB RAM upgrade into my shopping cart and the machine showed up at my door about 8 days later.

Start up was a breeze. It found my home network and network printer without a problem. I downloaded chrome as my browser with no problem, activated the Norton trial (still shopping for an antivirus program), and activated the free trial of Office (I actually have the software but haven’t gotten around to activating my copy). I’ve plugged in several USB devices without issue including a wireless mouse and external hard drive. No problems. The 160 GB hard disk has plenty of space and unless you plan to make and store movie files you should never need more. After about an hour I shut back down and installed the 2GB RAM chip which is simple to do. You just remove one screw on a small cover on the back and the chip is right there. Pop the old one out and the new one in, then start back up. The user manual spells it out perfectly. I didn’t run it long enough on the 1GB chip to give you a comparison on performance but with 2GB it seems as quick as my other laptops. I think this upgrade is a no-brainer if you plan to use your netbook for anything more than reading e-mail.

The only glitch I’ve had is with the display. About 2 hrs after I started it up the display suddenly went crazy, jerking all over. I was talking on a cordless phone at the time and assumed it somehow interfered with the display. It happened again one time two days later only I wasn’t talking on the phone. Both times I got it to stop by putting it to sleep and then starting back up (which only takes a couple seconds). I don’t know what to make of this but so far it hasn’t repeated itself and at least I know how to stop it. If it happens again I’ll call Toshiba.

My overall impression is that I love this little guy. It does everything I wanted it to do and is the ultimate in portability. I use it on and off all day, closing the lid when I’m done which puts it to sleep. It wakes up almost instantly, so this is a great way to extend the battery. The only time I plug it in is at night. I’ve never come close to running the battery down. The fit and finish of the machine are terrific.

Toshiba hit a home run with this model. It gets 5 stars from me.

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) now for only $ 334.00!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch diagonal Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini notebook that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks

  • 1.66GHz Intel N280 Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
  • 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Integrated Wi-Fi
  • 10.1″ LED Backlit Display, 1024×600 native resolution (WSVGA)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32 bit), *9 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 60 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: Too low to display

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by M. Hewitt:

I looked at netbooks for about 2 months, comparing all of the various features. Then I went on the road to see them in person and put my hands on the keyboard. I ended up choosing the Toshiba NB205-N325 because it met all my criteria (Windows 7, upgradable RAM, great battery life, and overall quality construction) and because it has the best keyboard for my hands. The chicklet keys are great and the sub-sized keyboard only slows me down a little from a full-sized version.

After shopping all around I ended up buying it direct from Amazon. They had the best price on cyber monday of 329.99. Interestingly, the price is now back up to 380+ so I guess I got lucky with the timing.

I tossed the 2GB RAM upgrade into my shopping cart and the machine showed up at my door about 8 days later.

Start up was a breeze. It found my home network and network printer without a problem. I downloaded chrome as my browser with no problem, activated the Norton trial (still shopping for an antivirus program), and activated the free trial of Office (I actually have the software but haven’t gotten around to activating my copy). I’ve plugged in several USB devices without issue including a wireless mouse and external hard drive. No problems. The 160 GB hard disk has plenty of space and unless you plan to make and store movie files you should never need more. After about an hour I shut back down and installed the 2GB RAM chip which is simple to do. You just remove one screw on a small cover on the back and the chip is right there. Pop the old one out and the new one in, then start back up. The user manual spells it out perfectly. I didn’t run it long enough on the 1GB chip to give you a comparison on performance but with 2GB it seems as quick as my other laptops. I think this upgrade is a no-brainer if you plan to use your netbook for anything more than reading e-mail.

The only glitch I’ve had is with the display. About 2 hrs after I started it up the display suddenly went crazy, jerking all over. I was talking on a cordless phone at the time and assumed it somehow interfered with the display. It happened again one time two days later only I wasn’t talking on the phone. Both times I got it to stop by putting it to sleep and then starting back up (which only takes a couple seconds). I don’t know what to make of this but so far it hasn’t repeated itself and at least I know how to stop it. If it happens again I’ll call Toshiba.

My overall impression is that I love this little guy. It does everything I wanted it to do and is the ultimate in portability. I use it on and off all day, closing the lid when I’m done which puts it to sleep. It wakes up almost instantly, so this is a great way to extend the battery. The only time I plug it in is at night. I’ve never come close to running the battery down. The fit and finish of the machine are terrific.

Toshiba hit a home run with this model. It gets 5 stars from me.

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) now for only Too low to display!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N312/BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini laptop that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks up

  • Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home, 5800 mAh 6-Cell Battery
  • 10.1″ Display

Rating: (out of 216 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 379.99

Toshiba Mini NB205-N312/BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life Reviews

Review by Johnny Chan:

UPDATE:

Just in case you decide to order a case for this netbook, keep in mind that the dimensions in the Amazon description or Toshiba’s website (10.4 x 7.6 x 1.27 inches) are the dimensions of this netbook WITHOUT the 6-cell battery. If you look at the side-view photo in the Amazon description area (the one with the 7.6″ measurement right below it), you’ll see it’s pictured without the battery. I just measured mine and with the 6-cell battery protruding from the back, it’s actually 10.4 x 8.4 x 1.27 so many of the cases you find on Amazon made for 10″ netbooks may not fit the NB205 with the 6-cell battery. Okay that’s it for my update… read on for my original review…

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I just received my Toshiba NB205 yesterday and after spending many hours “playing” with it, I can easily say that, hands down, it is the BEST Netbook on the market today!

At the end of next week, I’ll be traveling overseas and I wanted a small and lightweight laptop that I would be able to use to watch movies on the plane, transfer vacation photos and videos to, and use the internet for researching stuff from my hotel room. I currently own a 15″ Macbook Pro but decided I didn’t want to take it with me since it’s a bit bigger & heavier and I can’t afford to lose it. That’s when I began researching these Atom-based Netbooks.

When I started researching, the Toshiba NB205 had not yet been released but there were still many netbook models out there by other manufacturers. I had originally considered the Samsung NC10, Acer Aspire One AOD250, Asus 1000HE, and Lenovo S10 as they all were pretty much equipped with similar configurations (Atom N270/N280 1.6 or 1.66Ghz cpu, 10″ screen, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, Windows XP Home) and priced in the 0-400 price range. I won’t go into too much detail about what I liked or didn’t like about the other products but I had pretty much narrowed it down to either the Samsung NC10 or the Acer AOD250. Then I came across a pre-release review from Laptop Magazine on the Toshiba and decided to wait on my netbook. It was definitely worth the wait considering this is the first netbook I’ve come across that actually had noticeable differentiating features. When you compare all the others, it’s kind of hard to choose from one over the other because they’re all so similar!

The 4 biggest selling points on this Toshiba NB205 that had me wait for it was the 9-hour battery life, the look & feel of the keyboard, the size of the trackpad & buttons, and the overall aesthetics of it.

The whole point of buying a laptop this small and compact is for its portability factor. When you have to lug a brick-based AC adapter with you in fear the battery in your laptop won’t last as long as you need it, it sure interferes with how portable carrying a laptop really is. A 9-hour lithium-ion battery will definitely solve that problem. Most of you are probably wondering how realistic that 9-hour rating really is… Let me just reassure you all, the battery life is GOOD! I brought it to a full charge, then unplugged it from the adapter and watched two movies on it (more on the movie playback capabilities later) and did 4 hours worth of web surfing afterwards — all off the power from the battery on a single charge! You students out there can now bring it to all your classes and not have to look for a wall outlet! Oh, btw, I had the screen brightness set to 1/2 (level 4 brightness setting) and turned off the Bluetooth.

Netbooks are known for smaller keyboards and even worse, SMALL trackpads and trackpad button(s). In addition to the smaller size, many of the netbooks I saw in person at my local Fry’s Electronics had very “cheapy”-feeling keyboards — they just felt real fragile compared to the keyboard on my Macbook Pro. Enter the Toshiba NB205. Finally, a netbook that has a keyboard with keys that had the look and feel of a Mac keyboard and a robustly solid build to it. In addition to the look and feel, the keys were also pretty darn close in width to my Mac keyboard (both my Macbook Pro’s keyboard, and my desktop Mac’s keyboard). I’ll try to post some comparison photos on Amazon this weekend for all those interested. The trackpad and buttons on the NB205 is also the biggest I’ve seen in the netbook category. Toshiba did a tremendous job in getting this right. Most of the other netbooks had really small trackpads and little miniature trackpad button(s) that felt real flimsy. Another feature that I like with the trackpad that’s not stated anywhere is that the very right edge of the trackpad can be used for scrolling web pages or other documents (similar to the one on the Samsung NC10). This feature is not obvious as there are no arrow indicators like there is on the NC10 but it does support it!

I won’t go into the aesthetics of this unit since you can pretty much see how amazing this netbook looks from the Amazon photos (I’ll also add my own photos this weekend so you can get a better feel for the size, etc.) but let me now shift focus on using it.

Although I upgraded the memory on the unit to 2GB (I installed the Crucial 2GB 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Memory Module and it works great with the NB205!), all the testing I performed and am about to describe was done with the stock 1GB memory.

The very first thing I wanted to make sure this unit can do is play back, at the very least, DVD-quality movies (i.e. 480P movies (720×480 resolution)). One thing I’d HIGHLY recommend everyone who’s interested in watching movies on their netbook do is download the FREE media player called VLC (Google “download vlc”). VLC is very lightweight and will play back movies a lot smoother than Quicktime or Windows Media Player; and given the inherently slower speeds of these Intel Atom processors compared to the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, using the VLC media player is your best bet. Using a free program called “Handbrake”, one can convert their Bluray or DVD movies to AVC/h.264-encoded movies, which is what I used to convert some of my Bluray collection into a format that can be played-back on my NB205. Since it’s out of the scope of this review and would require a tutorial guide of its own, I won’t be able to explain how you would go about converting your Bluray or DVD movies. Anyhow, I first converted my Bluray edition of Valkyrie to a 720×480 resolution with a conservative 864kbs bitrate. The NB205 had NO PROBLEMS playing it back… It played back with very smooth video and the audio was synced up perfectly throughout the entire movie. So I decided to convert the movie again…. this time, using more aggressive settings… I converted it to a resolution of 1024×600 (since this is the native resolution of the NB205’s screen) and a 2048kbps bitrate. Again, the NB205 was able to play the movie without a hitch. I didn’t bother trying to convert the movie to 720P since the native resolution of the screen is only 1024×600 (it would be equivilent to 600P but 600P is not a standard). If you’re planning to watch movies on the NB205 with someone else, you’ll be happy to know that watching it from a 45 degree angle is very acceptible. Beyond the 45 degree angle, you won’t be able to really see much so don’t expect to have more than 3 people watching from it (why would you have more than 2 or 3 people watching off a 10″ screen anyways!?).

Given it’s capability to playback movies very smoothly, anything else I was going to throw at it would be child’s play. Anyhow, I was reading that this laptop does get hot but after playing back two movies on it, it was not unbearable when resting it on my lap. So it doesn’t seem like overheating problems will be too much of a concern for this laptop (but only long-term usage can really confirm this).

Another cool feature the NB205 sports that I’m not sure is available on all the other competitor models is a built-in accelerometer. It works the same way as the iPhone accelerometer but it’s in the NB205 purely to detect if the laptop is about to take a fall. When it detects motion, it quickly moves the hard drive heads away from the hard drive to prevent any mishaps in case the hard drive is currently reading from or writing to the hard disks. Using a Toshiba software utility that’s installed from the factory, you can change the sensitiviy threshold of the accelerometer or turn it off altogether.

There are obviously a lot more features that the NB205 comes with but I’m not going to explain each one simply because they’re self-explanatory (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc.) but you can find out more about those features in Amazon’s description of this product.

One final note before I conclude my review… Toshiba released two main models of the NB205 on the same day… the NB205-N310/311/312/313 (which is the model I have — the NB205-N310/BN to be exact) and the NB205-N210. I think if you want to save , the NB205-210 would be a good choice as well — provided you don’t need Bluetooth or the Mac-style “chiclet” keyboard. For the extra , though, you also get the much sleeker, unique Toshiba-styling of the NB205-N31X series.

So if you’re in the market for a very portable laptop, and you’re considering a 10″-based netbook, the Toshiba NB205 is packed with features, enclosed around a very aesthetically pleasing body, and is very competitively priced!!!

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N312/BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life now for only $ 379.99!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325WH 10.1-Inch Frost White Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch diagonal Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini notebook that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks

  • 1.66GHz Intel N280 Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
  • 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Integrated Wi-Fi
  • 10.1″ LED Backlit Display, 1024×600 native resolution (WSVGA)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32 bit), *9 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 60 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: Too low to display

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325WH 10.1-Inch Frost White Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by M. Hewitt:

I looked at netbooks for about 2 months, comparing all of the various features. Then I went on the road to see them in person and put my hands on the keyboard. I ended up choosing the Toshiba NB205-N325 because it met all my criteria (Windows 7, upgradable RAM, great battery life, and overall quality construction) and because it has the best keyboard for my hands. The chicklet keys are great and the sub-sized keyboard only slows me down a little from a full-sized version.

After shopping all around I ended up buying it direct from Amazon. They had the best price on cyber monday of 329.99. Interestingly, the price is now back up to 380+ so I guess I got lucky with the timing.

I tossed the 2GB RAM upgrade into my shopping cart and the machine showed up at my door about 8 days later.

Start up was a breeze. It found my home network and network printer without a problem. I downloaded chrome as my browser with no problem, activated the Norton trial (still shopping for an antivirus program), and activated the free trial of Office (I actually have the software but haven’t gotten around to activating my copy). I’ve plugged in several USB devices without issue including a wireless mouse and external hard drive. No problems. The 160 GB hard disk has plenty of space and unless you plan to make and store movie files you should never need more. After about an hour I shut back down and installed the 2GB RAM chip which is simple to do. You just remove one screw on a small cover on the back and the chip is right there. Pop the old one out and the new one in, then start back up. The user manual spells it out perfectly. I didn’t run it long enough on the 1GB chip to give you a comparison on performance but with 2GB it seems as quick as my other laptops. I think this upgrade is a no-brainer if you plan to use your netbook for anything more than reading e-mail.

The only glitch I’ve had is with the display. About 2 hrs after I started it up the display suddenly went crazy, jerking all over. I was talking on a cordless phone at the time and assumed it somehow interfered with the display. It happened again one time two days later only I wasn’t talking on the phone. Both times I got it to stop by putting it to sleep and then starting back up (which only takes a couple seconds). I don’t know what to make of this but so far it hasn’t repeated itself and at least I know how to stop it. If it happens again I’ll call Toshiba.

My overall impression is that I love this little guy. It does everything I wanted it to do and is the ultimate in portability. I use it on and off all day, closing the lid when I’m done which puts it to sleep. It wakes up almost instantly, so this is a great way to extend the battery. The only time I plug it in is at night. I’ve never come close to running the battery down. The fit and finish of the machine are terrific.

Toshiba hit a home run with this model. It gets 5 stars from me.

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N325WH 10.1-Inch Frost White Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) now for only Too low to display!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N313/P 10.1-Inch Posh Pink Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini laptop that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks up

  • Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home, 5800 mAh 6-Cell Battery
  • 10.1″ Display

Rating: (out of 216 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 315.35

Toshiba Mini NB205-N313/P 10.1-Inch Posh Pink Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life Reviews

Review by Johnny Chan:

UPDATE:

Just in case you decide to order a case for this netbook, keep in mind that the dimensions in the Amazon description or Toshiba’s website (10.4 x 7.6 x 1.27 inches) are the dimensions of this netbook WITHOUT the 6-cell battery. If you look at the side-view photo in the Amazon description area (the one with the 7.6″ measurement right below it), you’ll see it’s pictured without the battery. I just measured mine and with the 6-cell battery protruding from the back, it’s actually 10.4 x 8.4 x 1.27 so many of the cases you find on Amazon made for 10″ netbooks may not fit the NB205 with the 6-cell battery. Okay that’s it for my update… read on for my original review…

———-

I just received my Toshiba NB205 yesterday and after spending many hours “playing” with it, I can easily say that, hands down, it is the BEST Netbook on the market today!

At the end of next week, I’ll be traveling overseas and I wanted a small and lightweight laptop that I would be able to use to watch movies on the plane, transfer vacation photos and videos to, and use the internet for researching stuff from my hotel room. I currently own a 15″ Macbook Pro but decided I didn’t want to take it with me since it’s a bit bigger & heavier and I can’t afford to lose it. That’s when I began researching these Atom-based Netbooks.

When I started researching, the Toshiba NB205 had not yet been released but there were still many netbook models out there by other manufacturers. I had originally considered the Samsung NC10, Acer Aspire One AOD250, Asus 1000HE, and Lenovo S10 as they all were pretty much equipped with similar configurations (Atom N270/N280 1.6 or 1.66Ghz cpu, 10″ screen, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, Windows XP Home) and priced in the 0-400 price range. I won’t go into too much detail about what I liked or didn’t like about the other products but I had pretty much narrowed it down to either the Samsung NC10 or the Acer AOD250. Then I came across a pre-release review from Laptop Magazine on the Toshiba and decided to wait on my netbook. It was definitely worth the wait considering this is the first netbook I’ve come across that actually had noticeable differentiating features. When you compare all the others, it’s kind of hard to choose from one over the other because they’re all so similar!

The 4 biggest selling points on this Toshiba NB205 that had me wait for it was the 9-hour battery life, the look & feel of the keyboard, the size of the trackpad & buttons, and the overall aesthetics of it.

The whole point of buying a laptop this small and compact is for its portability factor. When you have to lug a brick-based AC adapter with you in fear the battery in your laptop won’t last as long as you need it, it sure interferes with how portable carrying a laptop really is. A 9-hour lithium-ion battery will definitely solve that problem. Most of you are probably wondering how realistic that 9-hour rating really is… Let me just reassure you all, the battery life is GOOD! I brought it to a full charge, then unplugged it from the adapter and watched two movies on it (more on the movie playback capabilities later) and did 4 hours worth of web surfing afterwards — all off the power from the battery on a single charge! You students out there can now bring it to all your classes and not have to look for a wall outlet! Oh, btw, I had the screen brightness set to 1/2 (level 4 brightness setting) and turned off the Bluetooth.

Netbooks are known for smaller keyboards and even worse, SMALL trackpads and trackpad button(s). In addition to the smaller size, many of the netbooks I saw in person at my local Fry’s Electronics had very “cheapy”-feeling keyboards — they just felt real fragile compared to the keyboard on my Macbook Pro. Enter the Toshiba NB205. Finally, a netbook that has a keyboard with keys that had the look and feel of a Mac keyboard and a robustly solid build to it. In addition to the look and feel, the keys were also pretty darn close in width to my Mac keyboard (both my Macbook Pro’s keyboard, and my desktop Mac’s keyboard). I’ll try to post some comparison photos on Amazon this weekend for all those interested. The trackpad and buttons on the NB205 is also the biggest I’ve seen in the netbook category. Toshiba did a tremendous job in getting this right. Most of the other netbooks had really small trackpads and little miniature trackpad button(s) that felt real flimsy. Another feature that I like with the trackpad that’s not stated anywhere is that the very right edge of the trackpad can be used for scrolling web pages or other documents (similar to the one on the Samsung NC10). This feature is not obvious as there are no arrow indicators like there is on the NC10 but it does support it!

I won’t go into the aesthetics of this unit since you can pretty much see how amazing this netbook looks from the Amazon photos (I’ll also add my own photos this weekend so you can get a better feel for the size, etc.) but let me now shift focus on using it.

Although I upgraded the memory on the unit to 2GB (I installed the Crucial 2GB 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Memory Module and it works great with the NB205!), all the testing I performed and am about to describe was done with the stock 1GB memory.

The very first thing I wanted to make sure this unit can do is play back, at the very least, DVD-quality movies (i.e. 480P movies (720×480 resolution)). One thing I’d HIGHLY recommend everyone who’s interested in watching movies on their netbook do is download the FREE media player called VLC (Google “download vlc”). VLC is very lightweight and will play back movies a lot smoother than Quicktime or Windows Media Player; and given the inherently slower speeds of these Intel Atom processors compared to the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, using the VLC media player is your best bet. Using a free program called “Handbrake”, one can convert their Bluray or DVD movies to AVC/h.264-encoded movies, which is what I used to convert some of my Bluray collection into a format that can be played-back on my NB205. Since it’s out of the scope of this review and would require a tutorial guide of its own, I won’t be able to explain how you would go about converting your Bluray or DVD movies. Anyhow, I first converted my Bluray edition of Valkyrie to a 720×480 resolution with a conservative 864kbs bitrate. The NB205 had NO PROBLEMS playing it back… It played back with very smooth video and the audio was synced up perfectly throughout the entire movie. So I decided to convert the movie again…. this time, using more aggressive settings… I converted it to a resolution of 1024×600 (since this is the native resolution of the NB205’s screen) and a 2048kbps bitrate. Again, the NB205 was able to play the movie without a hitch. I didn’t bother trying to convert the movie to 720P since the native resolution of the screen is only 1024×600 (it would be equivilent to 600P but 600P is not a standard). If you’re planning to watch movies on the NB205 with someone else, you’ll be happy to know that watching it from a 45 degree angle is very acceptible. Beyond the 45 degree angle, you won’t be able to really see much so don’t expect to have more than 3 people watching from it (why would you have more than 2 or 3 people watching off a 10″ screen anyways!?).

Given it’s capability to playback movies very smoothly, anything else I was going to throw at it would be child’s play. Anyhow, I was reading that this laptop does get hot but after playing back two movies on it, it was not unbearable when resting it on my lap. So it doesn’t seem like overheating problems will be too much of a concern for this laptop (but only long-term usage can really confirm this).

Another cool feature the NB205 sports that I’m not sure is available on all the other competitor models is a built-in accelerometer. It works the same way as the iPhone accelerometer but it’s in the NB205 purely to detect if the laptop is about to take a fall. When it detects motion, it quickly moves the hard drive heads away from the hard drive to prevent any mishaps in case the hard drive is currently reading from or writing to the hard disks. Using a Toshiba software utility that’s installed from the factory, you can change the sensitiviy threshold of the accelerometer or turn it off altogether.

There are obviously a lot more features that the NB205 comes with but I’m not going to explain each one simply because they’re self-explanatory (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc.) but you can find out more about those features in Amazon’s description of this product.

One final note before I conclude my review… Toshiba released two main models of the NB205 on the same day… the NB205-N310/311/312/313 (which is the model I have — the NB205-N310/BN to be exact) and the NB205-N210. I think if you want to save , the NB205-210 would be a good choice as well — provided you don’t need Bluetooth or the Mac-style “chiclet” keyboard. For the extra , though, you also get the much sleeker, unique Toshiba-styling of the NB205-N31X series.

So if you’re in the market for a very portable laptop, and you’re considering a 10″-based netbook, the Toshiba NB205 is packed with features, enclosed around a very aesthetically pleasing body, and is very competitively priced!!!

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N313/P 10.1-Inch Posh Pink Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life now for only $ 315.35!

Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 10.1-Inch Netbook – Black Onyx

With a new sleeker design and up to 11 hours of battery life rating, our affordable, super-compact mini NB305 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. This innovative netbook lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features to enhance your mobile life—like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, USB Sleep-and-Charge technology and a Hard Drive Impact

  • 1.66GHz Intel N450 Atom Processor
  • 1GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory
  • 160GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive (5400RPM)
  • 10.1″ LED (16:9) 1024×600 Display; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA3150
  • Genuine Windows XP Home (SP3), 11 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 21 reviews)

List Price: $ 349.99
Price: $ 347.49

Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 10.1-Inch Netbook – Black Onyx Reviews

Review by Russ Boyer:

I have been in the market for a netbook for over a year now. I have spent many a hour pouring over reviews online, watching youtube unboxings and reviews, and actually doing a lot of hands on in retail stores with all of the options out there. I am thrilled to say that after only 24 hours with the Toshiba NB305-N410WH, I know that I waited for just the right one.

The reviews for its’ predecessor (the NB205) had put that netbook on the top of most professional reviewers list. And, indeed in my own hands on tests, it was right at the top as well. My main concern was the battery that stuck out of the back on that model. I had come close to overlooking this drawback, as I was so pleased with the rest of the model. What kept me from it was a concern I had read from some reviews indicating that sometimes streaming video would skip or get stuck (a universal concern on most netbooks)either due to processor or graphics.

Here is why I LOVE this little fella:

* The battery issue has been totally adressed, and in fact, upgraded. They have redesigned it and no more ugly bulge of battery sticking out of the back. Plus, they now say it has an 11 hour battery. My test of this gave me around 9.5 hours doing very basic surfing and setup. Not quite 11 hours, but am still elated with 9.5 hours. I can now really feel comfortable about leaving the power cable at home for the day. (however, the power cable is actaully fairly small) (Update 1/21/10–In further testing of the battery life, I seem to now be averaging more like 7 hours under heavy usage, meaning video watching and constant use. I am still more than happy with that. Light usage will give you more like the 9.5 hours I mentioned.)

* I’m extremely happy with the performance. Everyone needs to keep in mind that netbooks have never been designed for processor intensive tasks, but this little guy rocks! The new “Pinetrail” Atom N450 platform seems to be a great fit for this netbook. The graphics engine is updated, as well. I have had absolutely no delays in any streaming video on YouTube or Netflix. (I did notice just a bit of stuttering in Hulu only when watching something full screen but this isn’t an issue for me.) Surfing is snappy and responsive, just the way that I like it. For anyone that may have been on the fence about getting a netbook because they were concerned it might not perform, hop right off that fence and get the NB305. Seriously, I have a Macbook Pro and Dell laptop and this one has instantly become my “go to” for surfing on the couch or from bed. And, I know this will be the one I now take anywhere out of the house.

* The overall look and feel of the NB305 is truly “best in class”. My big gripe with a ton of netbooks out there is their glossy covers-especially the black, but even other color glossy covers are fingerprint magnets. They just always look smudged and feel cheap to me. I got the textured white model and just love it. Even though I am sure it is all plastic, too, it just looks more expensive. The cover totally repels fingerprints and just “feels good”. The keyboard and trackpad have received universal love in the previous model and I absolutely agree. The keyboard is extremely easy to type on. No issues at all for me there. The trackpad is truly a selling feature as it is multi-touch. I have this on my Macbook Pro and LOVE it on this netbook. I love being able to do the 2 finger scroll up and side to side. It really makes surfing the web a joy. (I now curse my Dell for not having this.) This model actually reduced it’s weight to 2.6 lbs making it super easy to take with you. The bottom does heat up a bit but I never felt uncomfortable having it directly on my lap. (Update 2/20/10: Ok, there have been times when it has been uncomfortable on my lap. Especially if you are blocking the vents, which is easy to do when on your lap. I now just set it on the protective sleeve I bought for it and we’re good to go.) This new model has sleeker look than previous models, a little more streamlined in the front. Overall, form factor gets a big A+.

So, there are a couple areas for improvement, however, I don’t think they are “deal breakers” given the other areas where the NB-305 excels:

1) The speakers are not great. Actually, they’re pretty bad compared to my Mac and Dell. This is definitely an area to improve on, but have found this to be true of all the netbooks I have been able to hear. I’m not saying that you can’t hear what you are watching, but I will plan on using earbuds for watching video or listening to music.

2) I’m a little bugged that these just come with Windows7 Starter and not Windows7 Home Premium. I feel a little “punked” into having to pay an extra for the upgrade (which was extremely simple and fast, by the way. I was able to do it right online–no need for external optical drive). Some people will be fine with Windows7 Starter as it does allow you to do basic functions, but I ultimatley had to cave in and upgrade. You aren’t able to personalize things in Windows7 Starter, which was a minor but grating flaw. (On a side note, I am really liking Windows7 Home Premium. This netbook handles it fine.)

3) I’m kinda concerned that this did not come with any restore cd’s. Yes, I realize that this doesn’t have a cd/dvd drive, but I guess I just like the comfort of having them if needed. I know that I should back up the system on my own, but I guess I just am not sure what happens if the OS crashes or hard drive has to be replaced. I think there must be new ways to restore, nowadays. I guess I will hopefully never cross that bridge.

4) (Update 2/20/10: It does get quite warm around the vents. This may or may not be an issue for you. I can deal with it.)

Overall, I think you can see that I am obviously extremely happy with this purchase. If you have been waiting to buy a netbook, I would give this one some serious thought. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

(UPDATE 1/19/10: I did upgrade to 2GB of memory and would recommend it. I didn’t really need to, but can’t resist trying to upgrade my gadgets, and everything is just a little faster and I just watched Heros on Hulu full screen and didn’t notice issues that I had before. I didn’t even mind the speakers come to think of it–although the speakers are still the only weak link hardware wise. Installing the memory is a snap. You just need a tiny Philips screwdriver to remove one screw from back cover, pop out the old, pop in the new, replace the cover and boot it back up. It was recognized by the netbook with no problems. There is a video on YouTube on doing this to the NB205 model and the process is exactly the same for the NB305. Still very happy.)

(UPDATE 2/20/10: Here is a link to the memory that I added. It is what I normally see Amazon suggest:

[...]

Still extremely happy with the purchase. I use it quite a bit as my “couch” laptop. I also purchased CaseCrown sleeve:

[...]

Very happy with that, too. Fits like a glove and makes it super easy to transport the NB305 and feel it is very protected.)

Buy Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 10.1-Inch Netbook – Black Onyx now for only $ 347.49!

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 11 Hours of Battery Life

With a new sleeker design and up to 11 hours of battery life rating, our affordable, super-compact mini NB305 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. This innovative netbook lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features to enhance your mobile life—like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, USB Sleep-and-Charge technology and a Hard Drive Impact

  • 1.66GHz Intel N450 Atom Processor
  • 1GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory
  • 250GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive (5400RPM)
  • 10.1″ LED (16:9) 1024×600 Display; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA3150
  • Windows 7 Starter Edition 32-bit

Rating: (out of 21 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 398.95

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 11 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by Russ Boyer:

I have been in the market for a netbook for over a year now. I have spent many a hour pouring over reviews online, watching youtube unboxings and reviews, and actually doing a lot of hands on in retail stores with all of the options out there. I am thrilled to say that after only 24 hours with the Toshiba NB305-N410WH, I know that I waited for just the right one.

The reviews for its’ predecessor (the NB205) had put that netbook on the top of most professional reviewers list. And, indeed in my own hands on tests, it was right at the top as well. My main concern was the battery that stuck out of the back on that model. I had come close to overlooking this drawback, as I was so pleased with the rest of the model. What kept me from it was a concern I had read from some reviews indicating that sometimes streaming video would skip or get stuck (a universal concern on most netbooks)either due to processor or graphics.

Here is why I LOVE this little fella:

* The battery issue has been totally adressed, and in fact, upgraded. They have redesigned it and no more ugly bulge of battery sticking out of the back. Plus, they now say it has an 11 hour battery. My test of this gave me around 9.5 hours doing very basic surfing and setup. Not quite 11 hours, but am still elated with 9.5 hours. I can now really feel comfortable about leaving the power cable at home for the day. (however, the power cable is actaully fairly small) (Update 1/21/10–In further testing of the battery life, I seem to now be averaging more like 7 hours under heavy usage, meaning video watching and constant use. I am still more than happy with that. Light usage will give you more like the 9.5 hours I mentioned.)

* I’m extremely happy with the performance. Everyone needs to keep in mind that netbooks have never been designed for processor intensive tasks, but this little guy rocks! The new “Pinetrail” Atom N450 platform seems to be a great fit for this netbook. The graphics engine is updated, as well. I have had absolutely no delays in any streaming video on YouTube or Netflix. (I did notice just a bit of stuttering in Hulu only when watching something full screen but this isn’t an issue for me.) Surfing is snappy and responsive, just the way that I like it. For anyone that may have been on the fence about getting a netbook because they were concerned it might not perform, hop right off that fence and get the NB305. Seriously, I have a Macbook Pro and Dell laptop and this one has instantly become my “go to” for surfing on the couch or from bed. And, I know this will be the one I now take anywhere out of the house.

* The overall look and feel of the NB305 is truly “best in class”. My big gripe with a ton of netbooks out there is their glossy covers-especially the black, but even other color glossy covers are fingerprint magnets. They just always look smudged and feel cheap to me. I got the textured white model and just love it. Even though I am sure it is all plastic, too, it just looks more expensive. The cover totally repels fingerprints and just “feels good”. The keyboard and trackpad have received universal love in the previous model and I absolutely agree. The keyboard is extremely easy to type on. No issues at all for me there. The trackpad is truly a selling feature as it is multi-touch. I have this on my Macbook Pro and LOVE it on this netbook. I love being able to do the 2 finger scroll up and side to side. It really makes surfing the web a joy. (I now curse my Dell for not having this.) This model actually reduced it’s weight to 2.6 lbs making it super easy to take with you. The bottom does heat up a bit but I never felt uncomfortable having it directly on my lap. (Update 2/20/10: Ok, there have been times when it has been uncomfortable on my lap. Especially if you are blocking the vents, which is easy to do when on your lap. I now just set it on the protective sleeve I bought for it and we’re good to go.) This new model has sleeker look than previous models, a little more streamlined in the front. Overall, form factor gets a big A+.

So, there are a couple areas for improvement, however, I don’t think they are “deal breakers” given the other areas where the NB-305 excels:

1) The speakers are not great. Actually, they’re pretty bad compared to my Mac and Dell. This is definitely an area to improve on, but have found this to be true of all the netbooks I have been able to hear. I’m not saying that you can’t hear what you are watching, but I will plan on using earbuds for watching video or listening to music.

2) I’m a little bugged that these just come with Windows7 Starter and not Windows7 Home Premium. I feel a little “punked” into having to pay an extra for the upgrade (which was extremely simple and fast, by the way. I was able to do it right online–no need for external optical drive). Some people will be fine with Windows7 Starter as it does allow you to do basic functions, but I ultimatley had to cave in and upgrade. You aren’t able to personalize things in Windows7 Starter, which was a minor but grating flaw. (On a side note, I am really liking Windows7 Home Premium. This netbook handles it fine.)

3) I’m kinda concerned that this did not come with any restore cd’s. Yes, I realize that this doesn’t have a cd/dvd drive, but I guess I just like the comfort of having them if needed. I know that I should back up the system on my own, but I guess I just am not sure what happens if the OS crashes or hard drive has to be replaced. I think there must be new ways to restore, nowadays. I guess I will hopefully never cross that bridge.

4) (Update 2/20/10: It does get quite warm around the vents. This may or may not be an issue for you. I can deal with it.)

Overall, I think you can see that I am obviously extremely happy with this purchase. If you have been waiting to buy a netbook, I would give this one some serious thought. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

(UPDATE 1/19/10: I did upgrade to 2GB of memory and would recommend it. I didn’t really need to, but can’t resist trying to upgrade my gadgets, and everything is just a little faster and I just watched Heros on Hulu full screen and didn’t notice issues that I had before. I didn’t even mind the speakers come to think of it–although the speakers are still the only weak link hardware wise. Installing the memory is a snap. You just need a tiny Philips screwdriver to remove one screw from back cover, pop out the old, pop in the new, replace the cover and boot it back up. It was recognized by the netbook with no problems. There is a video on YouTube on doing this to the NB205 model and the process is exactly the same for the NB305. Still very happy.)

(UPDATE 2/20/10: Here is a link to the memory that I added. It is what I normally see Amazon suggest:

[...]

Still extremely happy with the purchase. I use it quite a bit as my “couch” laptop. I also purchased CaseCrown sleeve:

[...]

Very happy with that, too. Fits like a glove and makes it super easy to transport the NB305 and feel it is very protected.)

Buy Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 11 Hours of Battery Life now for only $ 398.95!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N210 (NB200 series) 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini laptop that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks up

  • Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home, 5800 mAh 6-Cell Battery
  • 10.1″ Display

Rating: (out of 216 reviews)

List Price: $ 349.99
Price: $ 475.00

Toshiba Mini NB205-N210 (NB200 series) 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life Reviews

Review by Johnny Chan:

UPDATE:

Just in case you decide to order a case for this netbook, keep in mind that the dimensions in the Amazon description or Toshiba’s website (10.4 x 7.6 x 1.27 inches) are the dimensions of this netbook WITHOUT the 6-cell battery. If you look at the side-view photo in the Amazon description area (the one with the 7.6″ measurement right below it), you’ll see it’s pictured without the battery. I just measured mine and with the 6-cell battery protruding from the back, it’s actually 10.4 x 8.4 x 1.27 so many of the cases you find on Amazon made for 10″ netbooks may not fit the NB205 with the 6-cell battery. Okay that’s it for my update… read on for my original review…

———-

I just received my Toshiba NB205 yesterday and after spending many hours “playing” with it, I can easily say that, hands down, it is the BEST Netbook on the market today!

At the end of next week, I’ll be traveling overseas and I wanted a small and lightweight laptop that I would be able to use to watch movies on the plane, transfer vacation photos and videos to, and use the internet for researching stuff from my hotel room. I currently own a 15″ Macbook Pro but decided I didn’t want to take it with me since it’s a bit bigger & heavier and I can’t afford to lose it. That’s when I began researching these Atom-based Netbooks.

When I started researching, the Toshiba NB205 had not yet been released but there were still many netbook models out there by other manufacturers. I had originally considered the Samsung NC10, Acer Aspire One AOD250, Asus 1000HE, and Lenovo S10 as they all were pretty much equipped with similar configurations (Atom N270/N280 1.6 or 1.66Ghz cpu, 10″ screen, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, Windows XP Home) and priced in the 0-400 price range. I won’t go into too much detail about what I liked or didn’t like about the other products but I had pretty much narrowed it down to either the Samsung NC10 or the Acer AOD250. Then I came across a pre-release review from Laptop Magazine on the Toshiba and decided to wait on my netbook. It was definitely worth the wait considering this is the first netbook I’ve come across that actually had noticeable differentiating features. When you compare all the others, it’s kind of hard to choose from one over the other because they’re all so similar!

The 4 biggest selling points on this Toshiba NB205 that had me wait for it was the 9-hour battery life, the look & feel of the keyboard, the size of the trackpad & buttons, and the overall aesthetics of it.

The whole point of buying a laptop this small and compact is for its portability factor. When you have to lug a brick-based AC adapter with you in fear the battery in your laptop won’t last as long as you need it, it sure interferes with how portable carrying a laptop really is. A 9-hour lithium-ion battery will definitely solve that problem. Most of you are probably wondering how realistic that 9-hour rating really is… Let me just reassure you all, the battery life is GOOD! I brought it to a full charge, then unplugged it from the adapter and watched two movies on it (more on the movie playback capabilities later) and did 4 hours worth of web surfing afterwards — all off the power from the battery on a single charge! You students out there can now bring it to all your classes and not have to look for a wall outlet! Oh, btw, I had the screen brightness set to 1/2 (level 4 brightness setting) and turned off the Bluetooth.

Netbooks are known for smaller keyboards and even worse, SMALL trackpads and trackpad button(s). In addition to the smaller size, many of the netbooks I saw in person at my local Fry’s Electronics had very “cheapy”-feeling keyboards — they just felt real fragile compared to the keyboard on my Macbook Pro. Enter the Toshiba NB205. Finally, a netbook that has a keyboard with keys that had the look and feel of a Mac keyboard and a robustly solid build to it. In addition to the look and feel, the keys were also pretty darn close in width to my Mac keyboard (both my Macbook Pro’s keyboard, and my desktop Mac’s keyboard). I’ll try to post some comparison photos on Amazon this weekend for all those interested. The trackpad and buttons on the NB205 is also the biggest I’ve seen in the netbook category. Toshiba did a tremendous job in getting this right. Most of the other netbooks had really small trackpads and little miniature trackpad button(s) that felt real flimsy. Another feature that I like with the trackpad that’s not stated anywhere is that the very right edge of the trackpad can be used for scrolling web pages or other documents (similar to the one on the Samsung NC10). This feature is not obvious as there are no arrow indicators like there is on the NC10 but it does support it!

I won’t go into the aesthetics of this unit since you can pretty much see how amazing this netbook looks from the Amazon photos (I’ll also add my own photos this weekend so you can get a better feel for the size, etc.) but let me now shift focus on using it.

Although I upgraded the memory on the unit to 2GB (I installed the Crucial 2GB 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Memory Module and it works great with the NB205!), all the testing I performed and am about to describe was done with the stock 1GB memory.

The very first thing I wanted to make sure this unit can do is play back, at the very least, DVD-quality movies (i.e. 480P movies (720×480 resolution)). One thing I’d HIGHLY recommend everyone who’s interested in watching movies on their netbook do is download the FREE media player called VLC (Google “download vlc”). VLC is very lightweight and will play back movies a lot smoother than Quicktime or Windows Media Player; and given the inherently slower speeds of these Intel Atom processors compared to the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, using the VLC media player is your best bet. Using a free program called “Handbrake”, one can convert their Bluray or DVD movies to AVC/h.264-encoded movies, which is what I used to convert some of my Bluray collection into a format that can be played-back on my NB205. Since it’s out of the scope of this review and would require a tutorial guide of its own, I won’t be able to explain how you would go about converting your Bluray or DVD movies. Anyhow, I first converted my Bluray edition of Valkyrie to a 720×480 resolution with a conservative 864kbs bitrate. The NB205 had NO PROBLEMS playing it back… It played back with very smooth video and the audio was synced up perfectly throughout the entire movie. So I decided to convert the movie again…. this time, using more aggressive settings… I converted it to a resolution of 1024×600 (since this is the native resolution of the NB205’s screen) and a 2048kbps bitrate. Again, the NB205 was able to play the movie without a hitch. I didn’t bother trying to convert the movie to 720P since the native resolution of the screen is only 1024×600 (it would be equivilent to 600P but 600P is not a standard). If you’re planning to watch movies on the NB205 with someone else, you’ll be happy to know that watching it from a 45 degree angle is very acceptible. Beyond the 45 degree angle, you won’t be able to really see much so don’t expect to have more than 3 people watching from it (why would you have more than 2 or 3 people watching off a 10″ screen anyways!?).

Given it’s capability to playback movies very smoothly, anything else I was going to throw at it would be child’s play. Anyhow, I was reading that this laptop does get hot but after playing back two movies on it, it was not unbearable when resting it on my lap. So it doesn’t seem like overheating problems will be too much of a concern for this laptop (but only long-term usage can really confirm this).

Another cool feature the NB205 sports that I’m not sure is available on all the other competitor models is a built-in accelerometer. It works the same way as the iPhone accelerometer but it’s in the NB205 purely to detect if the laptop is about to take a fall. When it detects motion, it quickly moves the hard drive heads away from the hard drive to prevent any mishaps in case the hard drive is currently reading from or writing to the hard disks. Using a Toshiba software utility that’s installed from the factory, you can change the sensitiviy threshold of the accelerometer or turn it off altogether.

There are obviously a lot more features that the NB205 comes with but I’m not going to explain each one simply because they’re self-explanatory (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc.) but you can find out more about those features in Amazon’s description of this product.

One final note before I conclude my review… Toshiba released two main models of the NB205 on the same day… the NB205-N310/311/312/313 (which is the model I have — the NB205-N310/BN to be exact) and the NB205-N210. I think if you want to save , the NB205-210 would be a good choice as well — provided you don’t need Bluetooth or the Mac-style “chiclet” keyboard. For the extra , though, you also get the much sleeker, unique Toshiba-styling of the NB205-N31X series.

So if you’re in the market for a very portable laptop, and you’re considering a 10″-based netbook, the Toshiba NB205 is packed with features, enclosed around a very aesthetically pleasing body, and is very competitively priced!!!

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Toshiba Mini NB205-N330BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch diagonal Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini notebook that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks

  • 1.66GHz Intel N280 Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
  • 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • 10.1″ LED Backlit Display, 1024×600 native resolution (WSVGA)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32 bit), *9 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 83 reviews)

List Price: $ 419.99
Price: Too low to display

Toshiba Mini NB205-N330BL 10.1-Inch Royal Blue Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by LiveFromMichigan:

Well, it looks like I’m first. I have this dream of having a laptop in every room that I use a lot in the house. Mainly my living room and bedroom. I already had two work laptops in my home office and call me lazy but I was tired of carrying the one I use out of the office, up and down the stairs, running out of battery and having to go get the power cord. I decided a netbook might be a good choice for my minor chatting and surfing.

I couldn’t decided between this model and the HP Mini 311. I ended up ordering the HP and buying this one at my local store. This model is very slick looking. I got the Blue one and its very elegant. You wouldn’t mind being seen out with this laptop.

When I got it home I took it out of the box. The battery was already in the netbook but had 0 power so I needed to charge it. I haven’t yet tested how long the battery lasts, I’ll come back to update that.

Out of the box the laptop had me name my netbook then it found my wireless router right away. That was really nice not to have to configure anything. I just put in my routers password and I was on. No work, no hassle no headache.

My unit is running Windows 7 starter edition. I see the Win7 has moved the programs you are running to the bottom of the screen, similar to Mac’s Dock. Microsoft could have made them look a little better but that has nothing to do with this netbook.

I had a few concerns owning a netbook. My husband has one of the original eee Asus Netbooks and I can’t type on those to save my life. Not to mention they get hot enough to cook on. So going in I knew I did not want these two issues.

I have on a pair of thermal (like long johns) material PJ’s and this netbook has been surfed on and chatted with on Aim for the last 7 hours straight. I played a 7 minute youtube video about 10 times trying to get the bottom of the netbook hot. The netbook is a little warm but it never got so uncomfortable I needed to put a book under it. I can’t tell you how happy I am about that.

The trackpad is nice and wide but I have on accident hit it a few times. I think once i’m use to typing on it, this will improve. If not, hopefully I can disable it.

The keyboard is the chicklet style I believe they call it. Similar to those on the MacBook. They are really pretty silver finish but they are also smooth and a little slippery. I think my biggest gripe with this is that they are evenly smooth across the keys. I think a dip in the keys would have given these a better feel. Still for a netbook the spacing on them is quite usable.

I really like the blue and silver color scheme of this netbook. Its small and light weight and I think I can fit it in my purse. And with 9 hours of battery life, I can see why netbooks are really taking off.

So far I’ve only ran into one issue. I had about 12 IE tab windows in total open and I was in chat and I hit a slow down where IE barely responded. At the time my memory was nearly 800MB. I think once I take this up to 2 gigs then it will be fine. I’ve since installed Google Chrome and its been even more snappy.

This unit has a generous amount of USB connectors. At 3 it has more then my MacBook has which is great in this tiny package. It also has a ethernet port, Mic and Headset jack, and of course a SD/SDHC card slot.

With its long batter life, like weight, great style, I think I am going to enjoy carrying this around and not minding it.

My youtube video up until I had to much running actually played quite well. I didn’t notice any slow downs until I over taxed the system.

This notebook is almost perfect. The biggest gripe of all I have is the sound. Its nearly non-existent on this netbook. I think the biggest issue is the placement of the speaker. Its underneath the netbook and gets covered by your lap. Nothing a headset can’t solve but I thought I would point it out.

**Update** I wrote this at 3am and in my rush to get to bed, I forgot to mention two important things.

1. The screen. The screen is just gorgeous for a netbook. Its bright, and colorful and even when you pull it off of AC power to go to the battery it dims a little but not so much that it becomes uncomfortable.

Keep in mind it does have a terrible 1024 x600 which only affects how much scrolling you’ll do. As far as text goes, its very sharp and readable.

2. The Battery. I’m currently using the Netbook on battery and I find that it remains cool. It hasn’t heated up on me after about an hour of use.

The next part about the battery is that it juts out the back about an inch so that its not flush against the netbook. This will probably mean you may have to get a bigger case besides the 10.1 inch size. Even though the battery sticks out the back, it does sit flat on a flat surface. The battery doesn’t raise the back end up at all.

** End of Update One**

**Update Two**

As promised I said I’d be back after testing the battery. I unplugged the AC power at exactly 12 Noon. Between 12 noon and 12 midnight, I’ve had a 2 hour nap, and 1 hour watching my favorite TV show. The netbook set idle and went into sleep mode during those times. Before I went to sleep I stuck my iPhone on it so it could charge it. This took my battery down to about 94% by the time I awaken again. It is now 11:55PM or five til midnight. That’s 12 hours being off AC power. I am at 13% battery life.

Subtracting time for my nap and TV watching, I had roughly 9 hours of battery life. This was only using it to surf and chat. I haven’t run youtube videos or anything like that. I didn’t do any energy savings to try and get more life from it. I used whatever it defaults to and I’m really happy with it. Before when I tried to conserve battery the screen would be so dark I could barely see it. This has been a pleasure to use.

I’ve used it on my lap all day. No heat issues. The palm rest stays cool and the bottom is barely warm. I’ve yet to install any ”real” programs on here besides Aim. I will attempt Microsoft Office 2007 once I have that 2GB stick and i’ll let you all know how that goes.

I have a 2GB stick coming tomorrow. I will update more later.

Also, I’m completely use to the keys now. My one point off is for the sound. Its REALLY low. It is a netbook, but if sounds important to you without using a headset, this isn’t the netbook for you.

**End of Update 2**

**Update three**

I plugged the net book in last night a little after midnight at 10% remaining charge. I find while the battery last a long time, it takes a long time to charge. I took about 3 hour and 40 minutes give or take a few minutes to go back to 100% charge. Still, for the battery life you get I think thats small, however it may stop you from wanting to buy a second battery.

Another side note, I’m finding a few of my XP/Vista programs won’t install. Microsoft messenger and Aim installed fine. My 3m Post-it-notes (XP and Vista compatible)won’t. This isn’t because of the netbook but because of windows starter. Apparently if you upgrade to one of the the other Windows 7 offerings, their is compatibility with XP and Vista. Windows 7 Starter is crippled because of this. They’ve even taken away your ability to change your desktop background, you have to pay the 80 dollar premium if you want these features. I thought I would point this out, while 80 for an Upgraded OS is not bad, it is expensive when its nearly 1/4 the cost of the netbook. XP while old was still a full OS and I myself never had a problem with it getting the job done. If you wait until there is a Windows 7 Version you’ll be fine but it could mean buying software over you already own, making Microsoft’s upgrade cheaper in the end.

I just popped in 2GB of memory. I can confirm the one spot that gets warm on the netbook is the memory. I’m very surprised I feel no heat from the hard drive.

This review has turned into a book. I may comeback if I find anything worth while to inform you about.

**End of update Three**

**Update 4**

Per request, I’ve started testing video playback. I played a couple of YouTube videos and the playback was pretty smooth. I didn’t notice any jerkiness and it was actually better then I thought it would be. I also watched a few clips on Hulu and as long as it wasn’t in full screen mode, playback was pretty smooth. In full screen model I notice some very subtle frame drops or skips. I say subtle because I was studying it to see if I noticed anything. If I hadn’t been looking for it I’m not sure if it would have hampered by experience or not.

I finally tested a pair of headphones and Music playback was smooth and nice and loud, so a headset won’t be an issue with this Netbook.

I noticed when I’m installing programs that the memory does heat up. Thats the only time I noticed it heating up beyond its normal temps. I wish I had a temp monitor so I could see what idle temps are. If I find one I’ll post it.

If you want better Video playback, go with the HP 311. The Nvidia ION 9400 is going to be a lot better for video and output in HD.

**end of update.**

**Update December 10,2009**

I wanted to revise and add a new negative to my review. First the sound I discovered once I plugged my headset in and the realtek manager pops up showed the sound wasn’t all the way up. So my sound isn’t as weak as I thought. However it is still low just not nearly as bad as I first thought.

My main negative, I notice every now and then when using the touch pad that it won’t response to my finger swipes. This last for 1 to 5 seconds and then its fine again but it is annoying when it happens. I would say it happens several times a day now for me. I did some searching around and it seems this is a issue a lot of people are having. It cropped up on Toshiba’s forums if anyone wants to do a search on it.

Since my sound isn’t quite as horrible and now I have this touch pad issue, I’ll leave my review at 4 stars. Hopefully Toshiba will come up with a fix.

**End of Update.**

I think that about covers it. Feel free to comment and leave questions and I will answer them if you need help deciding if you want to buy it.

I will be real curious to see how this stacks up against the HP Mini 311 when it comes in.

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Toshiba Mini NB205-N310/BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini laptop that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks up

  • Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home, 5800 mAh 6-Cell Battery
  • 10.1″ Display

Rating: (out of 216 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 373.99

Toshiba Mini NB205-N310/BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life Reviews

Review by Johnny Chan:

UPDATE:

Just in case you decide to order a case for this netbook, keep in mind that the dimensions in the Amazon description or Toshiba’s website (10.4 x 7.6 x 1.27 inches) are the dimensions of this netbook WITHOUT the 6-cell battery. If you look at the side-view photo in the Amazon description area (the one with the 7.6″ measurement right below it), you’ll see it’s pictured without the battery. I just measured mine and with the 6-cell battery protruding from the back, it’s actually 10.4 x 8.4 x 1.27 so many of the cases you find on Amazon made for 10″ netbooks may not fit the NB205 with the 6-cell battery. Okay that’s it for my update… read on for my original review…

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I just received my Toshiba NB205 yesterday and after spending many hours “playing” with it, I can easily say that, hands down, it is the BEST Netbook on the market today!

At the end of next week, I’ll be traveling overseas and I wanted a small and lightweight laptop that I would be able to use to watch movies on the plane, transfer vacation photos and videos to, and use the internet for researching stuff from my hotel room. I currently own a 15″ Macbook Pro but decided I didn’t want to take it with me since it’s a bit bigger & heavier and I can’t afford to lose it. That’s when I began researching these Atom-based Netbooks.

When I started researching, the Toshiba NB205 had not yet been released but there were still many netbook models out there by other manufacturers. I had originally considered the Samsung NC10, Acer Aspire One AOD250, Asus 1000HE, and Lenovo S10 as they all were pretty much equipped with similar configurations (Atom N270/N280 1.6 or 1.66Ghz cpu, 10″ screen, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, Windows XP Home) and priced in the 0-400 price range. I won’t go into too much detail about what I liked or didn’t like about the other products but I had pretty much narrowed it down to either the Samsung NC10 or the Acer AOD250. Then I came across a pre-release review from Laptop Magazine on the Toshiba and decided to wait on my netbook. It was definitely worth the wait considering this is the first netbook I’ve come across that actually had noticeable differentiating features. When you compare all the others, it’s kind of hard to choose from one over the other because they’re all so similar!

The 4 biggest selling points on this Toshiba NB205 that had me wait for it was the 9-hour battery life, the look & feel of the keyboard, the size of the trackpad & buttons, and the overall aesthetics of it.

The whole point of buying a laptop this small and compact is for its portability factor. When you have to lug a brick-based AC adapter with you in fear the battery in your laptop won’t last as long as you need it, it sure interferes with how portable carrying a laptop really is. A 9-hour lithium-ion battery will definitely solve that problem. Most of you are probably wondering how realistic that 9-hour rating really is… Let me just reassure you all, the battery life is GOOD! I brought it to a full charge, then unplugged it from the adapter and watched two movies on it (more on the movie playback capabilities later) and did 4 hours worth of web surfing afterwards — all off the power from the battery on a single charge! You students out there can now bring it to all your classes and not have to look for a wall outlet! Oh, btw, I had the screen brightness set to 1/2 (level 4 brightness setting) and turned off the Bluetooth.

Netbooks are known for smaller keyboards and even worse, SMALL trackpads and trackpad button(s). In addition to the smaller size, many of the netbooks I saw in person at my local Fry’s Electronics had very “cheapy”-feeling keyboards — they just felt real fragile compared to the keyboard on my Macbook Pro. Enter the Toshiba NB205. Finally, a netbook that has a keyboard with keys that had the look and feel of a Mac keyboard and a robustly solid build to it. In addition to the look and feel, the keys were also pretty darn close in width to my Mac keyboard (both my Macbook Pro’s keyboard, and my desktop Mac’s keyboard). I’ll try to post some comparison photos on Amazon this weekend for all those interested. The trackpad and buttons on the NB205 is also the biggest I’ve seen in the netbook category. Toshiba did a tremendous job in getting this right. Most of the other netbooks had really small trackpads and little miniature trackpad button(s) that felt real flimsy. Another feature that I like with the trackpad that’s not stated anywhere is that the very right edge of the trackpad can be used for scrolling web pages or other documents (similar to the one on the Samsung NC10). This feature is not obvious as there are no arrow indicators like there is on the NC10 but it does support it!

I won’t go into the aesthetics of this unit since you can pretty much see how amazing this netbook looks from the Amazon photos (I’ll also add my own photos this weekend so you can get a better feel for the size, etc.) but let me now shift focus on using it.

Although I upgraded the memory on the unit to 2GB (I installed the Crucial 2GB 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Memory Module and it works great with the NB205!), all the testing I performed and am about to describe was done with the stock 1GB memory.

The very first thing I wanted to make sure this unit can do is play back, at the very least, DVD-quality movies (i.e. 480P movies (720×480 resolution)). One thing I’d HIGHLY recommend everyone who’s interested in watching movies on their netbook do is download the FREE media player called VLC (Google “download vlc”). VLC is very lightweight and will play back movies a lot smoother than Quicktime or Windows Media Player; and given the inherently slower speeds of these Intel Atom processors compared to the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, using the VLC media player is your best bet. Using a free program called “Handbrake”, one can convert their Bluray or DVD movies to AVC/h.264-encoded movies, which is what I used to convert some of my Bluray collection into a format that can be played-back on my NB205. Since it’s out of the scope of this review and would require a tutorial guide of its own, I won’t be able to explain how you would go about converting your Bluray or DVD movies. Anyhow, I first converted my Bluray edition of Valkyrie to a 720×480 resolution with a conservative 864kbs bitrate. The NB205 had NO PROBLEMS playing it back… It played back with very smooth video and the audio was synced up perfectly throughout the entire movie. So I decided to convert the movie again…. this time, using more aggressive settings… I converted it to a resolution of 1024×600 (since this is the native resolution of the NB205’s screen) and a 2048kbps bitrate. Again, the NB205 was able to play the movie without a hitch. I didn’t bother trying to convert the movie to 720P since the native resolution of the screen is only 1024×600 (it would be equivilent to 600P but 600P is not a standard). If you’re planning to watch movies on the NB205 with someone else, you’ll be happy to know that watching it from a 45 degree angle is very acceptible. Beyond the 45 degree angle, you won’t be able to really see much so don’t expect to have more than 3 people watching from it (why would you have more than 2 or 3 people watching off a 10″ screen anyways!?).

Given it’s capability to playback movies very smoothly, anything else I was going to throw at it would be child’s play. Anyhow, I was reading that this laptop does get hot but after playing back two movies on it, it was not unbearable when resting it on my lap. So it doesn’t seem like overheating problems will be too much of a concern for this laptop (but only long-term usage can really confirm this).

Another cool feature the NB205 sports that I’m not sure is available on all the other competitor models is a built-in accelerometer. It works the same way as the iPhone accelerometer but it’s in the NB205 purely to detect if the laptop is about to take a fall. When it detects motion, it quickly moves the hard drive heads away from the hard drive to prevent any mishaps in case the hard drive is currently reading from or writing to the hard disks. Using a Toshiba software utility that’s installed from the factory, you can change the sensitiviy threshold of the accelerometer or turn it off altogether.

There are obviously a lot more features that the NB205 comes with but I’m not going to explain each one simply because they’re self-explanatory (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc.) but you can find out more about those features in Amazon’s description of this product.

One final note before I conclude my review… Toshiba released two main models of the NB205 on the same day… the NB205-N310/311/312/313 (which is the model I have — the NB205-N310/BN to be exact) and the NB205-N210. I think if you want to save , the NB205-210 would be a good choice as well — provided you don’t need Bluetooth or the Mac-style “chiclet” keyboard. For the extra , though, you also get the much sleeker, unique Toshiba-styling of the NB205-N31X series.

So if you’re in the market for a very portable laptop, and you’re considering a 10″-based netbook, the Toshiba NB205 is packed with features, enclosed around a very aesthetically pleasing body, and is very competitively priced!!!

Buy Toshiba Mini NB205-N310/BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life now for only $ 373.99!

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325PK 10.1-Inch Posh Pink Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter)

Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch diagonal Toshiba mini NB205 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. It’s also the first mini notebook that lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and digital media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, long battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data. So it picks

  • 1.66GHz Intel N280 Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 533MHz Memory
  • 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Integrated Wi-Fi
  • 10.1″ LED Backlit Display, 1024×600 native resolution (WSVGA)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32 bit), *9 Hours of Battery Life

Rating: (out of 60 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: Too low to display

Toshiba Mini NB205-N325PK 10.1-Inch Posh Pink Netbook – 9 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter) Reviews

Review by M. Hewitt:

I looked at netbooks for about 2 months, comparing all of the various features. Then I went on the road to see them in person and put my hands on the keyboard. I ended up choosing the Toshiba NB205-N325 because it met all my criteria (Windows 7, upgradable RAM, great battery life, and overall quality construction) and because it has the best keyboard for my hands. The chicklet keys are great and the sub-sized keyboard only slows me down a little from a full-sized version.

After shopping all around I ended up buying it direct from Amazon. They had the best price on cyber monday of 329.99. Interestingly, the price is now back up to 380+ so I guess I got lucky with the timing.

I tossed the 2GB RAM upgrade into my shopping cart and the machine showed up at my door about 8 days later.

Start up was a breeze. It found my home network and network printer without a problem. I downloaded chrome as my browser with no problem, activated the Norton trial (still shopping for an antivirus program), and activated the free trial of Office (I actually have the software but haven’t gotten around to activating my copy). I’ve plugged in several USB devices without issue including a wireless mouse and external hard drive. No problems. The 160 GB hard disk has plenty of space and unless you plan to make and store movie files you should never need more. After about an hour I shut back down and installed the 2GB RAM chip which is simple to do. You just remove one screw on a small cover on the back and the chip is right there. Pop the old one out and the new one in, then start back up. The user manual spells it out perfectly. I didn’t run it long enough on the 1GB chip to give you a comparison on performance but with 2GB it seems as quick as my other laptops. I think this upgrade is a no-brainer if you plan to use your netbook for anything more than reading e-mail.

The only glitch I’ve had is with the display. About 2 hrs after I started it up the display suddenly went crazy, jerking all over. I was talking on a cordless phone at the time and assumed it somehow interfered with the display. It happened again one time two days later only I wasn’t talking on the phone. Both times I got it to stop by putting it to sleep and then starting back up (which only takes a couple seconds). I don’t know what to make of this but so far it hasn’t repeated itself and at least I know how to stop it. If it happens again I’ll call Toshiba.

My overall impression is that I love this little guy. It does everything I wanted it to do and is the ultimate in portability. I use it on and off all day, closing the lid when I’m done which puts it to sleep. It wakes up almost instantly, so this is a great way to extend the battery. The only time I plug it in is at night. I’ve never come close to running the battery down. The fit and finish of the machine are terrific.

Toshiba hit a home run with this model. It gets 5 stars from me.

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Toshiba 10.1-Inch Netbook Soft Sleeve (Black)

Designed to fit Netbooks and MiniNBs with screens up to 10.1-Inch, the Toshiba Neoprene Sleeve is a multifunctional sleeve that can be used as a stand-alone carrying case for those everyday bumps and grinds or easily fits into any other case for added protection. Whether you use it for carrying your Netbook or MiniNB back and forth to meetings or use it in your backpack for school, the shuttle gives that added protection with its double-sided neoprene and helps prevent scratches from everyday use. The heavy-duty neoprene stretches for a form fitted look.

  • Fits Netbooks and MiniNBs with up to 10.1¿ screens
  • Use as a stand-alone case or extra protection in any other case
  • Soft, durable, weather¿resistant neoprene cushions and protects your Netbook and MiniNB
  • Small enough to fit in your regular carrying case but tough enough to use by itself
  • Stylish design combines form and function

Rating: (out of 21 reviews)

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Price: $ 59.99

Toshiba 10.1-Inch Netbook Soft Sleeve (Black) Reviews

Review by W. Wan:

this case if perfect fit for Toshiba nb205 with standard 6 cell battery netbook. Since Toshiba NB205 have battery stick out at back, normal 10 inches netbook sleeve won’t be able to fit. This Toshiba netbook sleeve is specially made for NB205, it’s perfect fit for NB205.

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Toshiba Mini NB305-N410WH 10.1-Inch Frost White Netbook – 11 Hours of Battery Life

With a new sleeker design and up to 11 hours of battery life rating, our affordable, super-compact mini NB305 is a stylish companion PC that raises the bar when it comes to portability. This innovative netbook lets you enjoy all the benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting you in touch with your favorite people, sites, networks and media in ways and places you never imagined. Though small enough to throw in a purse or bag, it’s designed with smart features to enhance your mobile life—like a full-sized keyboard and touchpad, USB Sleep-and-Charge technology and a Hard Drive Impact

  • 1.66GHz Intel N450 Atom Processor
  • 1GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory
  • 250GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive (5400RPM)
  • 10.1″ LED (16:9) 1024×600 Display; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA3150
  • Windows 7 Starter Edition 32-bit

Rating: (out of 21 reviews)

List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 389.00

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410WH 10.1-Inch Frost White Netbook – 11 Hours of Battery Life Reviews

Review by Russ Boyer:

I have been in the market for a netbook for over a year now. I have spent many a hour pouring over reviews online, watching youtube unboxings and reviews, and actually doing a lot of hands on in retail stores with all of the options out there. I am thrilled to say that after only 24 hours with the Toshiba NB305-N410WH, I know that I waited for just the right one.

The reviews for its’ predecessor (the NB205) had put that netbook on the top of most professional reviewers list. And, indeed in my own hands on tests, it was right at the top as well. My main concern was the battery that stuck out of the back on that model. I had come close to overlooking this drawback, as I was so pleased with the rest of the model. What kept me from it was a concern I had read from some reviews indicating that sometimes streaming video would skip or get stuck (a universal concern on most netbooks)either due to processor or graphics.

Here is why I LOVE this little fella:

* The battery issue has been totally adressed, and in fact, upgraded. They have redesigned it and no more ugly bulge of battery sticking out of the back. Plus, they now say it has an 11 hour battery. My test of this gave me around 9.5 hours doing very basic surfing and setup. Not quite 11 hours, but am still elated with 9.5 hours. I can now really feel comfortable about leaving the power cable at home for the day. (however, the power cable is actaully fairly small) (Update 1/21/10–In further testing of the battery life, I seem to now be averaging more like 7 hours under heavy usage, meaning video watching and constant use. I am still more than happy with that. Light usage will give you more like the 9.5 hours I mentioned.)

* I’m extremely happy with the performance. Everyone needs to keep in mind that netbooks have never been designed for processor intensive tasks, but this little guy rocks! The new “Pinetrail” Atom N450 platform seems to be a great fit for this netbook. The graphics engine is updated, as well. I have had absolutely no delays in any streaming video on YouTube or Netflix. (I did notice just a bit of stuttering in Hulu only when watching something full screen but this isn’t an issue for me.) Surfing is snappy and responsive, just the way that I like it. For anyone that may have been on the fence about getting a netbook because they were concerned it might not perform, hop right off that fence and get the NB305. Seriously, I have a Macbook Pro and Dell laptop and this one has instantly become my “go to” for surfing on the couch or from bed. And, I know this will be the one I now take anywhere out of the house.

* The overall look and feel of the NB305 is truly “best in class”. My big gripe with a ton of netbooks out there is their glossy covers-especially the black, but even other color glossy covers are fingerprint magnets. They just always look smudged and feel cheap to me. I got the textured white model and just love it. Even though I am sure it is all plastic, too, it just looks more expensive. The cover totally repels fingerprints and just “feels good”. The keyboard and trackpad have received universal love in the previous model and I absolutely agree. The keyboard is extremely easy to type on. No issues at all for me there. The trackpad is truly a selling feature as it is multi-touch. I have this on my Macbook Pro and LOVE it on this netbook. I love being able to do the 2 finger scroll up and side to side. It really makes surfing the web a joy. (I now curse my Dell for not having this.) This model actually reduced it’s weight to 2.6 lbs making it super easy to take with you. The bottom does heat up a bit but I never felt uncomfortable having it directly on my lap. (Update 2/20/10: Ok, there have been times when it has been uncomfortable on my lap. Especially if you are blocking the vents, which is easy to do when on your lap. I now just set it on the protective sleeve I bought for it and we’re good to go.) This new model has sleeker look than previous models, a little more streamlined in the front. Overall, form factor gets a big A+.

So, there are a couple areas for improvement, however, I don’t think they are “deal breakers” given the other areas where the NB-305 excels:

1) The speakers are not great. Actually, they’re pretty bad compared to my Mac and Dell. This is definitely an area to improve on, but have found this to be true of all the netbooks I have been able to hear. I’m not saying that you can’t hear what you are watching, but I will plan on using earbuds for watching video or listening to music.

2) I’m a little bugged that these just come with Windows7 Starter and not Windows7 Home Premium. I feel a little “punked” into having to pay an extra for the upgrade (which was extremely simple and fast, by the way. I was able to do it right online–no need for external optical drive). Some people will be fine with Windows7 Starter as it does allow you to do basic functions, but I ultimatley had to cave in and upgrade. You aren’t able to personalize things in Windows7 Starter, which was a minor but grating flaw. (On a side note, I am really liking Windows7 Home Premium. This netbook handles it fine.)

3) I’m kinda concerned that this did not come with any restore cd’s. Yes, I realize that this doesn’t have a cd/dvd drive, but I guess I just like the comfort of having them if needed. I know that I should back up the system on my own, but I guess I just am not sure what happens if the OS crashes or hard drive has to be replaced. I think there must be new ways to restore, nowadays. I guess I will hopefully never cross that bridge.

4) (Update 2/20/10: It does get quite warm around the vents. This may or may not be an issue for you. I can deal with it.)

Overall, I think you can see that I am obviously extremely happy with this purchase. If you have been waiting to buy a netbook, I would give this one some serious thought. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

(UPDATE 1/19/10: I did upgrade to 2GB of memory and would recommend it. I didn’t really need to, but can’t resist trying to upgrade my gadgets, and everything is just a little faster and I just watched Heros on Hulu full screen and didn’t notice issues that I had before. I didn’t even mind the speakers come to think of it–although the speakers are still the only weak link hardware wise. Installing the memory is a snap. You just need a tiny Philips screwdriver to remove one screw from back cover, pop out the old, pop in the new, replace the cover and boot it back up. It was recognized by the netbook with no problems. There is a video on YouTube on doing this to the NB205 model and the process is exactly the same for the NB305. Still very happy.)

(UPDATE 2/20/10: Here is a link to the memory that I added. It is what I normally see Amazon suggest:

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Still extremely happy with the purchase. I use it quite a bit as my “couch” laptop. I also purchased CaseCrown sleeve:

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Very happy with that, too. Fits like a glove and makes it super easy to transport the NB305 and feel it is very protected.)

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