The main features of this machine: its big 17.1" inches screen. Nice sharp image. Its 3 GB of ram, 2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The Harman/Kardon speakers with conexant smart sound. Extra SATA bay. The FM radio tuner, built in camera and mic.
I really would like to see this machine flying with Windows XP but I was not able to get the sound working so I went back to Vista and after I disabled dozens of services the machine works and feels really powerful.
I have used Toshiba machines more than five years, both laptops and pocket PC. I needed to replace my old Satellite Pro 6110 that after five years still works well. After a lot of research and stretching my pocket, I got the P305-S8832. So now, I am using the P305-S8832 ... Read full review
I have used Toshiba machines more than five years, both laptops and pocket PC. I needed to replace my old Satellite Pro 6110 that after five years still works well. After a lot of research and stretching my pocket, I got the P305-S8832. So now, I am using the P305-S8832 machine for my PhD Dissertation witting, to keep in contact with my family at the other side of the world. The conexant smart sound coupled with the Harman/kardon speakers provides excellent sound. They allow me to blow my windows off with music while I work at my study room!
I got this machine to replace my desktop and it does it very well. In order to be on the go with this machine I got a Wenger Pegassus Backpack for it. Please do not be deceived by the machine's weight. It is not really that much heavy. I its just BIG.
If you want to do office work on it, the keyboard is big, soft and comfortable. The screen provides a sharp image that will take care of your eyes. There is plenty of room in its 250GB HDD and there will be more if you add a second internal HDD in its additional SATA bay. I knew nothing of this additional bay until I got the machine and then I jumped up and down. I installed in this bay a 160GB WD HDD for data backup.
If you want to enjoy your videos, this machine with its DVD-RW-DL will provide you a nice way to watch your movies on your wide screen.
Finally, this machine has plenty ports: four USB 2.0 ports that will charge the battery of your mp3 player even while the machine is off. It has also one firewire port, RGB output and super video output. You can plug the speakers of the size and configuration you wish in the S/P DIF output port. I really like this BIG machine and I fully recommend it for home, office and multimedia enjoyment.
Updated on Sep 18, 2008
Watching a movie in the 17.1" screen is really cool and the sound, nice. One detail, keep your hands clean and a soft cloth near as the shiny surface of this machine will catch all your fingerprints and the grease of your hands!
Updated on Oct 14, 2011I Still Love this BIG Machine!
After more than 3 years, this machine is working pretty well in every possible aspect. AS for now, I have it working with 4GB DDR2667 but DDR2800 fits in and improves performance a little bit. My machine has now two Western Digital 500GB hard drive one of 7200rpm for system and one of 5400 for data. The machine is still running Windows Vista Home Premium with a bunch of services off.
I still use this machine as my Desktop Replacement Machine for preparing classes, writing academic papers (I'm a PhD and I teach under grade and master level), I also use it to watch movies either in its 17.1" screen or connected to a 32" LCD TV. Either way is great.
Sure, I still love this BIG machine! In addition, Toshiba has never let me down during the last 10 years and four machines (pocket pc, Satellite Pro 6100, P305-S8832 and Mini NB305-N410BL)