The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL is the successor to one of the most successful netbooks ever made, and Toshiba has only made it better—as evidenced by it winning an Editors’ Choice award from Laptop magazine. A quick look at its features shows exactly how much it shines. Previously we have published an article about a student laptop under $500 which also turns out to be a Toshiba laptop. This is food for thought, should you buy a netbook or a laptop?
Can You Really Get 11 Hours Of Battery On The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL?
Toshiba claims that the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL gets 11 hours of battery life, but we all know that it’s in their best interest to promote a higher number, so it comes as a surprise that, yes, you really can use it for almost 11 hours under normal conditions without ever plugging it in the wall. That’s an incredible benefit to anyone who wants to carry their netbook around with them without carrying the cord. You can easily get through a whole day of meetings or classes without having to fight your classmates or colleagues for the seat closest to the power plug.
How did Toshiba manage to give the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL a long battery life for such an affordable price? First, they used Intel’s low-power processor, the Atom processor running at 1.66 GHz. Although 1.66 GHz doesn’t sound like much, it’s more than twice as much processing power as came with my 2-year-old EeePC (which only lasts two hours on battery). It’s also plenty enough power to watch even high-definition (HD) videos or play most games.
Next, Toshiba extended the battery life by including 1 GB of computer memory (RAM) which lets applications pre-load themselves into memory, allowing the disk drive to “spin down” and save battery power. That memory also comes in handy for surfing the web or running multiple applications—you can easily keep dozens of tabs or several applications running at the same time with no performance penalty.
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How Did They Shrink The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL?
There are two main reasons to buy a netbook—small size and small cost. The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL has both. At 10.5-inches in its longest dimension and barely more than a single inch thick, it’s smaller than most one-subject notebooks and will easily fit in backpacks, briefcases, and many purses. Better yet, it only weighs 2.6-pounds, so you will barely notice you’re carrying it around with you.
The monitor is barely smaller than the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL itself, giving you a spacious (for a netbook) 10.1-inches of viewing space at a resolution of 1024×600—perfect for viewing websites without having to scroll from side to side at the end of every line. It’s also big enough that you won’t have to squint when you read and movies will play with enough detail that you can get lost in them.
An integrated Intel video chipset, the most stable I’ve ever seen, powers the video on the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL. Although no one will confuse a netbook with a gaming machine, the Intel graphics chipset provides more than adequate performance when playing back HD video or playing games at medium detail settings. It’s perfect for MMORPGs like World of Warcraft.
There’s also a VGA output port you can use to connect a second monitor or computer projector so you can give presentations at class or the office. The VGA port works with every computer projector; the only downside is that you’ll probably have to change your resolution to 800×600 when presenting (so adjust your slides accordingly).
Other Important Features Of The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL
Double the distance you can sit from your wireless router and multiply your speed by up to 15 times using the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL’s built-in Wireless-N wireless card. But don’t worry if you need to use an older 802.11 B or G router—the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL’s wireless card also supports older wireless protocols so you can surf the web from school, work, or your favorite coffee shop.
Combine the extended battery life and long-distance wireless with the built-in webcam to chat with your friends, family, or colleagues from an outdoor cafe or park during summer. The webcam works with Skype, Google Chat, and other software so you can chat face to face or complete required coursework for online universities.
Talking about school and work, the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL comes with a 250 GB disk drive which can store an almost unlimited number of documents or over 1,000 hours of MP3s or over 100 feature-length movies.
More Just Plain Nifty Features In The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL
A multi-touch mouse brings the multi-touch interface seen on Apple iPhones to your Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL touchpad. Simply use one or two fingers to make various moves (all well documented) to manipulate photos, browse the web, and perform other tasks. The extra functions available to users of the multi-touch interface will help you avoid needing to buy an extra external mouse to use with your notebook.
You can also avoid carrying around a cord to your digital camera by taking advantage of the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL’s built-in digital media card reader. Just pull the media card out of your camera and insert it into the media card slot to instantly start browsing and emailing your pictures from your desktop.
But, in case you do need to plug in a device, the Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL includes three USB 2.0 ports that work with all USB accessories and disk drives. For most people, especially netbook users, three USB slots should be enough that you don’t need to carry around an extra USB hub just to fit all of your devices.
If you do not think this mini Toshiba is right for you, maybe you are interested in a Apple Macbook Pro.
The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL is small, light, and reasonably powerful, with a 10.1-inch screen, great battery life, and numerous additional features that will make it perfectly at home on your desk, in your backpack, and wherever you go.