Toshiba Satellite M305
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite M305
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
Finding a laptop versatile enough to fulfill your portability needs on the road and your more intense computing needs at home is a tall order. The Toshiba Satellite M305-S4835 ($1,050 street) tries to straddle both worlds. Whether you carry it on the road or leave it at home, this mainstream laptop has what it takes to excel in any environment.
3.5 von 5, Mobilität mäßig, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 40% mobility: 60%
Source: Laptop Logic Archive.org version
If you're looking for a laptop slightly smaller than the run of the mill 15.4 inchers out there - and don't mind the glossy keyboard and lackluster 3d performance - the M305 is a very nice option for the budget minded individual looking for productivity on the mobile computing road. Just make sure to pick up an external mouse, and pick up another battery and you will find a decent productivity laptop.
(von 5): 3.3, Ausstattung 4, Mobilität 3, Leistung 1, Preis gut, Display sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 80% performance: 20% features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 60%
Source: Laptop Logic Archive.org version
The Toshiba Satellite M305 didn’t exactly wow me, but it didn’t leave me unimpressed. It wasn’t the lightest, it isn’t the fastest – but what it does offer at this price point is decent connectivity, a nice screen, impressive (although unnecessary) glossy looks, and a decent form factor for a business minded consumer. I’d love to see the updated unit with a dedicated graphics option, a thinner bezel, a little better battery life, a docking station capability that isn’t USB based, and a lot less bloatware – otherwise, this is a pretty worthy somewhat road companion, especially ticking under the $1,000 mark.
3 von 5, Preis gut, Display gut, Leistung schlecht, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% performance: 40% display: 80% mobility: 40%
Source: Notebookreview.com Archive.org version
Approaching this review, I wasn't particularly excited about what the M305 had to offer: it seemed like a fairly run-of-the-mill notebook in a visual package that I found fairly unappealing. If my expectations were mixed, the Satellite has consistently impressed in almost every area, proving itself to be a powerful computing companion (assuming you don't need the resources that dedicated graphics provide) and a pleasant machine to use. The Fusion Finish remains controversial, but while I'm still not keen on the looks (and can't stand its tendency to come away covered in smudges seemingly from a single touch), there's no question in my mind about the finish's durability or functionality. Likewise for the odd looking but great feeling glossy keyboard. If I was an open skeptic going in, the M305 has largely won me over with good performance, solid construction, a great screen, and a respectably strong battery. If it doesn't - beyond the visual, at least - exactly jump off the page, given its street price right at $1,000 as tested, the M305 isn't a bad deal to boot, making it a reliable, affordable choice for general users looking for style and portability.
Verarbeitung mäßig, Display gut, Emissionen mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/13/2008
Rating: display: 80% workmanship: 60% emissions: 50%
Source: Digital Trends Archive.org version
The M305 certainly has a lot to offer folks who are looking for a semi-portable notebook. At just 5.2 lbs. it’s relatively light, small and would easily slip into a backpack. We love the elegant design and white lights that accent the black and grey colors – it’s a very attractive notebook, and clearly the company’s paying more attention to style as indicated by the M305 and the Qosmio. There were several small things that bothered us such as the webcam and facial recognition software, but the biggest gripe we have is with the bloatware. We really wish Toshiba would at least give customers the option to have it removed or just put it all on a CD that the user could browse at he or she’s leisure instead of mucking up the desktop with links to trialware.
7 von 10, Emissionen sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/13/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% emissions: 90%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
Toshiba's new Satellites, including the 14-inch M305, offer a reasonable mix of performance and price, but are weighed down by excessive out-of-the-box advertising links.
6.9 von 10
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 69%
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67%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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