Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990 review: Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990

We got Unreal Tournament III to play at 68.9 frames per second at 1,366x768-pixel resolution, with medium graphics settings. Activision's Blur, a high-speed racing game, was playable, though its frame rate was clipped. That's the benefit of 2011's "graphics-free" laptops: even ones without dedicated GPUs can still play games, though any serious gamer (or anyone who wants to play the newest high-end PC games) would still do better off with more-powerful graphics. See the review of the Satellite M645-S4118X for a comparison in that regard.

Juice box
Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990X Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.16
Sleep (10%) 0.89
Idle (25%) 8.01
Load (05%) 42.13
Raw kWh number 37.62
Annual power consumption cost $4.27

Annual power consumption cost
Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990x
$4.27 
Asus U41J
$6.84 

Battery life on the Satellite E305-S1990X was a pleasant surprise: we got 5 hours and 36 minutes of life using our video playback battery drain test. That's far better than other Satellites we've recently tested, although the Portege R835 still bests it. More than 5 hours isn't the best we've seen, but it's a very strong battery life for a midsize laptop.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Unreal Tournament 3 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x768, 0X AA, 0X AF  
1,366x768, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990x (Core i5 Sandy Bridge - 2.3GHz, Spring 2011)
77.2 
68.9 

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

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a customized support search page can direct you to online documents and driver downloads for this specific model.

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System configurations:

Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990x
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Asus U41J
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i3 M380; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 425M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Pro - Core i5 Sandy Bridge 13.3-inch - 2.3GHz
OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-7805
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M460; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 + 128MB Intel GMA HD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Toshiba Portege R835-P56X
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990

Part Number: CNETtoshibasatellitee305s1990X

MSRP: $899.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Weight 4.7 lbs
  • Installed Size 4 GB
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