Toshiba Mini NB205 review: Toshiba Mini NB205

But keep in mind that the next generation of Atom chips is around the corner, and even some current or very imminent models include the dual-core Atom and Nvidia's Ion graphics chip, so the standards of acceptable Netbook performance may be about to change.

Juice box
Toshiba NB205-N325BL Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.60
Sleep (10 percent) 0.64
Idle (25 percent) 5.26
Load (5 percent) 16.58
Raw kWh 22.50
Annual energy cost $2.55

The NB205 scores big time with its battery life, running an impressive 6 hours and 32 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. Of course, we'd expect a lot from the giant six-cell battery protruding a full inch from the rear of the system. Looking a bit like a built-in carry handle, it's an unfortunate eyesore.

Other Netbooks, such as the Asus Eee PC 1005HA manage to work in a six-cell battery without breaking the silhouette, but at the expense of an overall bulkier look.

The system includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty from Toshiba. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and an online knowledge base and driver downloads via Toshiba's Web site, which is among the better examples of support sites in terms of clarity and functionality.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Microsoft Office productivity test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Jalbum photo conversion test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Annual energy cost after calibration

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HP Mini 110-1131DX
Windows 7 Starter; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Samsung 5400rpm

Toshiba NB205-N325BL
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 215MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Fujitsu 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1005HAGB
Windows XP Home Edition SP3; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Hitachi 5400rpm

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 30, 2009
  • Resolution 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Starter
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Color texture finish in royal blue
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
  • CPU Intel Atom N280 / 1.66 GHz