Toshiba Mini NB505 Review
The Toshiba Mini NB505 has a distinctive look with a choice of lid colors, but reviewers really like it for above-average battery life, good performance, and comfortable keyboard.
The strength of Toshiba Mini NB505 reviews show this model is one of the better low-cost netbooks out there. Despite the rather small size of the keyboard, a Toshiba Mini NB505 review on PC World lauds the expansive feel and comfortable typing experience. A Toshiba Mini NB505 review at Laptop Mag says the netbook's battery life is better than average and the trackpad is fairly responsive. Performance is diminished slightly by all the preloaded software, says a Toshiba Mini NB505 review, but disabling these extra freebies (most people don't use them anyway) speeds things up considerably. The expert review by PC World gives a big shout-out to the colorful, rubbery shell, which won't easily slip from your hands.
Specs for the Toshiba Mini NB505 are typical of netbooks in this price range: it runs Windows 7 Starter powered by an Intel Atom N455 CPU and features 1GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. It comes with three USB 2.0 ports, a card reader, a six-cell battery, support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 10.1-inch screen running at 1024 x 600. In other words, the Mini NB505's specs are so common that this hardware configuration is practically a cliche -- but that's not a bad thing.
The Toshiba Mini NB505 doesn't throw in any special hardware or extra features; on paper, it's the epitome of the average sub-$300 netbook. But its keyboard, touchpad, and performance (with a little tweaking) make it a good choice for frugal shoppers, given that it runs pretty quickly after you remove all the bonus software from the startup routine. Its grip-friendly exterior, available in turquoise, lime green, and several other colors, is also easy on the eyes, so if a fashionable-looking netbook matters to you, the Toshiba Mini NB505 covers that, as well.