Netbook Computer Toshiba NB305-N600 10.1-Inch review

Mini Toshiba NB305 -N600 is available in two parts: the upper part of the Toshiba family of netbooks. Nothing if not eager to meet the needs of mini-laptops, Toshiba offers two basic models - the Mini NB300 and NB500 series - a total of 11 bands, and understand how they differ in loans through the sheets with a magnifying glass. Of course, the specifications do not tell the whole story, anyway - and the whole story is not very persuasive.

For example, although high-end processor Intel Atom (N550 dual-core processors with 512KB of Level 2 cache per core) than the less expensive brother, the Mini-N508GN NB505, which is a single-core N450 Atom processor, N600-NB305 made around the same WorldBench 6-32 and the NB505-N508G 33 These scores are quite poor, even netbooks, you do not use these laptops that use databases or video, and more routine, such as navigation or composition of e-mail can be slow, if you're multitasking.
Note that other differences between the CPU and memory are able to contribute to poor performance. NB305 N550-N600 Atom is slightly slower clock speed (1.5 GHz) that the NB505-N508GN the N450 (1.66 GHz). And even if both come from a measly 1 GB of RAM, NB305-N600 also use DDR3 memory, compared to DDR2-NB505 is N508GN. Both have the same Intel 3150 integrated graphics chip, which can use up to 250 MB of system memory, and then Windows 7 Starter Edition.

Test results will undoubtedly improve if traded on a module with 2 GB of memory. Also be accelerated if, as my colleague Jon Jacobi said in its opinion of NB505-N508GN been uninstalled or disabled at least part of the background programs and implementation Toshiba insists on charging for its mobile equipment. The key is that you should not expect better performance from additional cost-N600 NB305.

You should not compare the battery life improved. In our tests, the performance of the NB305-N600 a few minutes shy of 7 hours, which is good for a netbook, but not as good as the 7.5 hours N508GN NB505-managed.

Why do you think you pay about $ 80 more NB305 N600 Mini? looks good, maybe - brushed metal, black keyboard does not seem elegant - and a little 'style keyboard more comfortable that Toshiba claims "raised slab. Not a lot of different keys, which makes typing easier, and Toshiba makes good use of the property, so that most of the keys are full size (even if the card is lost, and here only a small stub size). Synaptics touchpad and provides support multitouch.

The widescreen 10.1-inch LED-backlit, which has a resolution of 1024 by 600 resolution, it is very beautiful, and integrated graphics manages a collection of music videos from YouTube without any difficulty. However, USB 2.0 integrated webcam was not as impressive, with grainy images that looked like a high (640 by 480) resolution and washed all the settings.

Toshiba camera software does not contribute to the experience: It runs by default with a bar tucked away on the left side of the screen and you can access by clicking a button visible edge. If you click the camera icon launches webcam, but you have very few options to work with, and in fact I found some settings only by running Skype video settings controls. (Although the unit has a sticker Skype, Toshiba includes just a link to Skype -. You're on your own to download and install the software) Built-in microphone is adequate and the sound of stereo speakers, the NB305-N600 were predictably tinny but seemed to play fine through the headphone jack.

Toshiba skimp a little on the ports and connectivity options. There is no HDMI output, for example - just a standard PC monitor port - and the reader accepts only SD cards. The Ethernet is 10/100 degrees, but you do not really expect Gigabit Ethernet on a netbook. NB305 mini-N600 does not provide an extra neat connection: one of its three USB 2.0 ports will charge your electronic devices when the laptop is idle. You can also get a Kensington lock. The HDD 5400 RPM 250 GB hard is pretty much standard for netbooks today, which has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.

As mentioned above, Toshiba has a tendency to pre-install all types of utilities that may or may not want or need. In addition to the webcam, which includes an organizer of the document and called Reeltime Media, password, and "echo" of public services, the health of the PC monitor, and so on - 19 in total. Third party offerings are also pretty standard issue, including Microsoft Office Edition 2010 for beginners, game trials Wild Tangent, Microsoft Live Essentials for e-mail, multimedia and instant messaging, and a 30-day Norton Internet Security 2011.

In general, the NB305-N600 seems a little too expensive for what it offers in a very competitive netbook.

The beauty can only go so far, especially when their opponents are a cheaper model of the manufacturer.


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