Toshiba makes budget Netbook, the NB505
The economy's bad and Netbooks are losing market share to tablets. The smart move: make them cheaper.
LAS VEGAS--Toshiba makes good Netbooks, but they were never on the affordable side. The
While some manufacturers, such as Asus,, Toshiba appears to be giving it another go with the NB505, a more affordable Netbook that matches its stiffest competition at $299.
Its specs are baseline: Windows 7 Starter OS, 10.1-inch display, 250GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and an unspecified Atom processor that we assume is single-core. At these prices, though, who can complain? It comes in a spectrum of colors--turquoise, blue, lime green, brown, orange--and drops popular features such as USB sleep-and-charge, but it feels nice and comes with a comfortable keyboard.
The venerable NB305 is back in a refresh as well, offering a "premium aluminum finish in blue" and a dual-core N550 Atom processor along with the useful sleep-and-charge USB port and a hard-drive impact sensor, but otherwise similar specs. At $379, it costs about the same as last year's NB305, but right now, if we were considering buying a Netbook, we'd go with the cheaper chicken. The question is, are you still considering buying a Netbook?