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Toshiba NB305-10F review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £324
inc VAT

Great design and build quality, but this refreshed model offers no real benefit over the original.


10.1 in 1,024×600 display, 1.3kg, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455, 1.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit

This refreshed version of the Toshiba NB305 is almost identical to the one we reviewed back in July, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. At the time, we said it was one of the best netbooks around.

Toshiba NB305-10F

From the outside it’s difficult to notice any differences in this new model. The smart textured lid and silver case remain unchanged, as do the Chiclet-style keyboard and large touchpad. The keyboard is still comfortable to use, but minor issues such as the small tab key and relocated backslash are still annoyances. The overall design of the keyboard tray hasn’t changed, and as such looks slightly dated compared to the current netbook competition. The two individual touchpad buttons have excellent feedback, while the touchpad is just as responsive as the old model’s.

Toshiba NB305-10F angle

The 10.1in screen has a glossy coating but it was fine to use in well-lit areas and didn’t create distracting reflections. Although viewing angles weren’t fantastic, there was plenty of screen tilt for finding the perfect angle. Contrast was average, brightness wasn’t dazzling and colour reproduction was slightly inaccurate. White images had a slight yellow tinge, giving the overall picture a slightly washed-out look. The 1,024×600 resolution is the standard for this screen size, but everything looked sharp. Audio was disappointing: the downward facing speakers were both very quiet and poor quality.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N455
Processor clock speed 1.66GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 36x266x192mm
Weight 1.3kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 64MB


Total storage capacity 250GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, MMC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included Nero express essentials, Toshiba software suite

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £324

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