Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL
While we've never been particularly enamored of the Toshiba NB205's awkward battery and terrible audio (or its oddly spaced keyboard), this $399 retail configuration is still a better deal than similar retail Netbooks we've reviewed at the same price from Asus and HP. Toshiba's basic Netbook doesn't break any new ground, but offers better battery life and a faster CPU than many in the same price range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% features: 70% mobility: 100%
Source: Laptop Mag
The best designed netbook gets a bigger hard drive and Windows 7 while still lasting all day on a charge. 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. The limitations of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Starter Edition will frustrate some, but in terms of appearance, keyboard design, endurance, and affordability, the NB205 continues to set the standard for netbooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors. Compared to the N270, the N280 is only minimally higher clocked and offers a higher FSB.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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