Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990 Review: Blue Label Notebook – Editor’s Choice
10 May 2011
Excerpt: The Toshiba Satellite E305 is a followup to one of our favorite notebooks, the Toshiba E205 , and is a worthy followup that delivers an affordable notebook package with the features that should arguable be a part of every consumer notebook. In short, if you are shopping premium Windows notebooks, the Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990X is the notebook you should be measuring them against. The Toshiba Satellite E305 is available exclusively at Best Buy .
Pros: Metal Case, Wireless Display 2.0, AntiTheft Service, Hybrid Hard Drive, WiMax, Overall Performance, Backlit Keyboard
Summary: Best Buy and Toshiba have done it again. For $899, the Satellite E305 delivers a good balance of Core i5 speed and endurance. The design isn't for everyone, but the backlit keyboard, Blu-ray drive, and bundled Wireless Display adapter all help justify the price tag. While gamers should look at systems with discrete graphics such as the ASUS U41Jf, overall the Satellite E305 is one of the best 14-inch laptops you can buy.
Pros: Fast performance, Backlit keyboard, Blu-ray drive included, Long battery life
Conclusion: For $899, the Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990X is a remarkable package. When you take into consideration the standoutdesign, excellent performance, longer-than-average battery life, and two-year warranty, it's the best all-around thin-and-light available now. The $899 Samsung QX410 is the closest competitor we've tested with similar specs, but it only tops the E305 in the battery-life department.
Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990 Review: First Impressions & Specs (Video)
15 April 2011
Excerpt: The Toshiba Satellite E305 is a new Blue Label 3.0 notebook sold exclusively at Best Buy for $899 with many features that normally come in notebooks that cost well over $1,000. In addition to coming with all of the latest specs, the E305 includes an all metal alloy case, anti theft technology and a 2 year warranty.
Summary: The Best Buy-exclusive Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990X is a heck of a 14-inch laptop, offering a rock-solid combination of specs and design for a reasonable price.
Pros: A standout keyboard and touch pad, solid specs, Blu-ray drive, and Intel Wireless Display make the Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990X stand out from the pack--and as a bonus, the retail bundle includes the necessary Netgear box for Wi-Di.
Cons: The E305 lacks dedicated graphics, and its Webcam isn't HD.