Summary: There is nothing inherently wrong with the entry-level Toshiba Satellite L305, but both Dell and Sony have 15-inch budget laptops that offer more for less.
Pros: Decent overall performance; nice-looking design; media control buttons above keyboard and volume dial along front edge add convenience; includes a Webcam--a feature not found on all entry-level laptops.
Cons: Mediocre battery life; substandard keyboard; wobbly display; cluttered desktop; no FireWire or Bluetooth.
Summary: If you're looking to surf the Web, check e-mail, and stream content on a bigger screen than a netbook can offer, the $499 Toshiba Satellite L305-S5921 is a compelling choice. Spending $300 more will get you the Gateway MD7801u, which provides more processing punch, a 1.3-MP webcam, and more than double the hard drive capacity; and for just $100 you can get a better-equipped version of this Toshiba notebook with a faster dual-core CPU and webcam.