Toshiba: Favorite Laptop, Favorite Netbook

I was reading Walter S. Mossberg’s Personal Technology column in today’s Wall Street Journal as he reviewed, quite favorably, Toshiba’s latest entry in the netbook market: The Toshiba Mini NB205-N310/BN Netbook. ($399.99 at TigerDirect).

I have long been a fan of Toshiba laptops which have offered unmatched features in their price range. I’m happy to see their netbooks continue that tradition.

On the positive side, Walter was very happy with the exceptional Mac-style keyboard on the Toshiba NB205-N310. He thought it had a “decent” array of ports and connectors such as 3 USB ports which he, like I, agreed were useful for charging cellphones among other things.

Toshiba Mini NB205-N210

He mentioned there was also the Toshiba Mini NB205-N210 Netbook which at 349.99 had a standard flat keyboard. He thought the N310’s keyboard was worth the extra $50.

He was also happy with the mouse touchpad and its buttons which he says are larger than those found on many other netbooks.

Walter was also very pleased with the battery life on the N310. Toshiba says the battery lasts over 9 hours. By Walter’s own battery test he believed that the battery would probably last over 8 hours.

The drawbacks he listed were slow boot speeds which he said took 30 seconds longer than many other netbooks. He compared it to his previous Acer Aspire One netbook. He also thought the speakers were “feeble, even for a netbook”.

Overall, it was a very positive review. I have been considering a new netbook purchase, and I think this may be the one.

Tech specs: Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM (Memory), 160 GB hard disk drive, 10.1 inch WSVGA screen, webcam, with Windows XP Home edition. Dimensions were 2.9 pounds, 10.4 inches wide by 7.6 inches deep, and 1 inch thick “at its thinnest point”.

For myself I am curious if the new Windows 7 operating system will work well on this netbook. It appears to meet Microsoft’s minimum requirements.

You can also order the Toshiba Mini NB205-N210 Netbook ($349) and the Toshiba Mini NB205-N310/BN Netbook ($399)from CompUSA.

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