Toshiba NB305 reviewed – smaller footprint and lower battery life

January 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Toshiba NB305The Toshiba NB305 is the 10-inch netbook follow-up to the well received NB205 (NB200 in the UK). According to Toshiba, one of the biggest criticisms it faced over the NB200 was the large 6-cell battery that protruded from the back of the chassis. It’s probably not surprising to see, therefore, that the main difference between the new Pine Trail NB305 and its predecessor is a smaller chassis.

The Toshiba NB305 fits its battery underneath (rather than at the back) leading to more tilt compared to the NB200. Whilst we were very fond of the NB200 in our review, we do feel this newer design to be more practical. Laptop Mag reviewed the NB305-410 and found that whilst the new design is sleeker it does have shorter battery life.

The NB305 delivered a battery life of 8 hours and 51 minutes, short of the near 10 hours managed by the Asus Eee PC 1005PE. Part of the reason for the lower battery life could be the inclusion of Windows 7 Starter. However, the comfortable keyboard and large touchpad remains. The price remains the same at $399, although the NB305 is not as competitive as other Pine Trail netbooks at the similar price point. Click here to read the full review.


44 Responses to “Toshiba NB305 reviewed – smaller footprint and lower battery life”

  1. SpencerUk said:
    January 13th, 2010 10:25 AM

    looks like the battery has been redesigned, thats about it to me

  2. Bob said:
    January 13th, 2010 5:07 PM

    8 hours + on single charge is a full days work anyhow so it’s a pretty viable option .. design et al is old school .. but fair for that price.

    I, however, think its time to equip netbooks with next gen technology so they can binge on multimedia too to give that added spunk and still keep the battery running well. C’mon AMD , VIA – where are you guys ?

  3. silly said:
    January 14th, 2010 5:31 AM

    Bob I agree completely. Where the hell is the competition. It sickens me that Intel can introduce a new processor that isn’t any faster. That’s insulting to me. AMD has their head up their ass imo.

  4. SpencerUk said:
    January 17th, 2010 12:54 PM

    Patience is a virtue..AMD have always said that they never intended to compete with Intel on the Netbook things, But as we saw with the HP DV2, They will dabble in it if wanted