Excerpt: Toshiba waited a long time to enter the netbook market, but as the NB205 proves, taking some time to learn from your competitors can be a good thing. The NB205 offers everything we expect from a netbook, as well as some unexpected bonus features, and does so for less than $400. We liked the NB205 when we used it in our netbook upgrading feature (October); here we give it a full review.
Pros: Excellent battery life; good looks; good performance; competitive price; Sleep-and-Charge USB.
Cons: Totally unnecessary use of TORX screws; slightly odd keyboard.
Summary: The Toshiba Mini NB205-N330 is an interesting machine. It has an excellent, if somewhat quirky keyboard and the best touchpad I’ve used that doesn’t support multitouch gestures. It gets decent battery life, although the battery doesn’t appear to last as long when running Windows 7 Starter as it does with Windows XP. And with all of Toshiba’s power saving settings enabled, the computer performance does slow down a bit.
Summary: Although the $419 mini NB205-N330BL isn't radically different from its predecessor, it can be argued that one of the finest netbooks didn't need much fixing. Granted, we would've welcomed Nvidia's Ion platform (the HP Mini 311 has it for $399) to give users more gaming and HD video punch, but the advantage of the NB205 is that it lasts over three hours longer than the 311.
Conclusion: Despite all the lookalikes, Toshiba found a way to outdo its rivals in the netbook category with the fantastic and environmentally friendly NB205.
Pros: Full-size keyboard. Outstanding touchpad and mouse buttons. Well designed. Big battery with impressively long life. Sleep-and-Charge USB ports. Reasonably priced. Earned our GreenTech Approved award.
Conclusion: Being late to the game has its advantages; you learn from other companies’ experiences and make yours better. Toshiba did a good job at that with its first Netbook. The Toshiba mini NB205 has good processing power for a Netbook thanks to the N280 processor, solid Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a good software bundle and ample ports including a Sleep and Charge USB port.
Pros: The look is hot! Good performance on video playback, stellar battery life., Awesome looking netbook with very useable keyboard. Good performance in most tasks including video playback. Solid Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Great battery life.
Cons: Poor speaker location., Speaker is muffled, lacks graphics power for gaming.
Toshiba Mini NB205 review – best matte 10 inch netbook
5 August 2009
Conclusion: I for one like this Toshiba NB205 netbook a lot, mostly because of its matte finish. But it’s also solid built and powerful enough for everyday use and has most of the features i would need (i don’t care about speakers or webcam). The good battery life and comfortable chiclet keyboard are also pluses. Of course, it has its lacks and the top version is quite expensive.
Pros: matte case and mattish (somewhere between glossy and matte) screen, visible in strong light conditions, overall good looking and solid built, 10 inch display and 1024 x 600 px, the up to 8 hours tested battery life should be enough for every user, good hardware specs: N280 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive, some versions come with a chiclet type keyboard, available in 4 different colors
Cons: some might consider the non-glossy finish a little bit dull, it’s just a tad heavier and thicker than the standard netbooks, no Wi-fi Draft N or 3G, webcam has only 0.3 Mpx, speaker is only mono, so you’ll have to use it with headphones, some versions are a little bit pricey
Summary: In creating its first netbook for the U.S., Toshiba has learned from the mistakes and successes of its rivals, and one-upped them all. Its mini NB205 has everything we'd recommend in a netbook: an attractive chassis, comfortable keyboard and touchpad, and more thannine hours of battery life for an affordable price.