Review: Toshiba Mini NB205-N313P

IMG_0553“It’s so cute!” Those were the first words out of my mouth when I opened the box containing the Toshiba Mini NB205-N313P. I was given one to test in “Posh Pink,” but it’s also available in Frost White, Royal Blue, and Sable Brown.Like all netbooks, it’s small and lightweight. However, the Toshiba NB205 seems a bit larger than some other netbooks out in the market. This is partly because it comes with a six-cell battery, which I’ll talk about more later in this review. Regardless, it still only weighs a little less than three pounds.

The laptop cover has a matte finish with diagonal etches. It sports a large Toshiba logo in the middle in a shiny silver. Open up the laptop and you see a glossy 10-inch LED screen with a full keyboard. A full keyboard on a 10-inch netbook is rare so it’s definitely a plus for the NB205. For a notebook, the keyboard was pretty easy to use. You have to get used to it at first, though. I punched in a few wrong letters the first few times I used the netbook.

I surfed the web, did some writing using the Microsoft Works Word Processor that comes with the laptop, and downloaded and viewed a few photos. Overall, the NB205 performed well. The only hiccup I found was when I had Microsoft Works open and I was composing an email on Yahoo! Mail. There was a delay between the time I typed the text before it actually showed up on the screen. But, as with most netbooks, it’s certainly not something you’d use for intensive computing activities. It is perfect for surfing the Web and basic word processing.

Battery life is stellar. With a six-cell battery, Toshiba says you can get up to 9.08 hours. In my tests, I was able to use the laptop for a little more than eight hours on the full power setting. One thing that I didn’t like was that I couldn’t see how many hours of battery power I had left. Hovering over the battery icon in the lower task bar showed the battery life percentage, but I couldn’t find the estimated number of hours anywhere. This is a feature I rely on regularly when I’m traveling and running on battery power.

The Toshiba NB205-N313P includes a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N280 processor. Memory size starts at 1GB but can be upgraded to 2GB. The hard drive size is 160GB. Display resolution is 1024x600. It also includes a webcam, Atheros Wireless LAN, and Bluetooth. There’s also an Ethernet port, headphone jack, microphone jack, and three Ethernet ports (one with Sleep and Charge). The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $399.

If you’re shopping around for a netbook, whether it’s for yourself or a back-to-school tool for your child or sibling, the Toshiba NB205 should definitely be at the top of your list.

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