Summary: With a lap weight of two pounds, 15 ounces, the NB205 is firmly in the middle of the netbook weight class. Its price, battery life, aesthetics, and performance put it near the top of the current generation, and we appreciate perks like Sleep-and-Charge. It’s one of the best netbooks on the market today. But TORX screws on the hard drive compartment? Toshiba, you were so close.
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: 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.
Pros: Slick design, Roomy comfortable keyboard, Relatively large hard drive with 3D accelerometer, Nearly 9 hours of battery life, Sleep and Charge USB port,
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.
Excerpt: Toshiba is late to the netbook game, and with its 10.1-inch Mini NB205, the company overcompensates and complicates things a bit too much. But it still delivers a capable, quality machine. Our favorite part of the NB205 is its Ironman stamina. We eked about six hours of battery life from our testing, outlasting one of our favorite netbooks, the slimmer, six-cell Asus Eee PC 1000HE, by a whole hour.
Pros: Epically long battery provides hours of entertainment. Surprisingly lightweight (2.9 pounds) despite bodacious battery. Roomy trackpad accommodates normal hands. Hard-drive impact sensor safeguards data from everyday bump and grind.
Cons: Awkward keyboard makes you feel like a n00b typist. Lame screen hinge detracts from the netbook’s otherwise good looks. Setup puts you through an irritating game of 20 questions.