Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835 review: Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835

Instead of the 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 CPU we saw in the 13 and 14-inch Satellites, the A305D uses a 2.2GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64 (or, as the Toshiba Web site refers to them, "value-laden AMD dual-core processors"). The Intel-powered Satellites were moderately faster than the AMD version in our benchmark tests, and for $50 less than the A305D, we were able to configure a Dell 1525 that included an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Still, for typical multitasking use--Web surfing, office documents, media viewing, and so on--both are acceptable performers, with little or no slowdown or stuttering during basic tasks.

The Satellite A305D ran for 1 hours and 54 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, which is not especially impressive for a 15-inch laptop, and is about the same as we got from the Gateway P172X FX, a massive gaming-oriented 17-inch desktop replacement. The Dell 1525 we've mentioned a few times lasted nearly 50 minutes longer in the same test.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $149. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line and an online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835
1,294 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835
287 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835
206 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835
114 

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Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.2GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-64; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB ATI Xpress 1250; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm.

HP Pavilion dv9700t
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

HP Pavilion dv6700t
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia 8400M GS; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

Gateway P-172X FX
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8300; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm (x2).

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Toshiba Satellite A305D-S6835

Part Number: PSAH0U-00K007 Released: Apr 15, 2008
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  • Release date Apr 15, 2008
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Installed Size 3 GB
  • Weight 6 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor ATI Radeon X1250
  • CPU AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-64 / 2.2 GHz