Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875 review:

Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875

While we'd wager you won't feel much of a difference between the three Intel-based systems discussed here (perhaps you might perceive the AMD-based Compaq and Toshiba laptops to lag a bit when multitasking and running an intensive app like Photoshop), you are certain to notice the Satellite L305-S5875 runs out of juice much quicker than either the Inspiron 1525 or VAIO NR430. The VAIO ran for 46 minutes longer than this Satellite on our video playback battery drain test--a considerable gap. Each uses a 6-cell battery, but the Sony's holds a slightly larger charge: 4800 milliamp hours (mAh) to the Toshiba's 4000mAh.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Satellite L305-S5875. It's a mail-in warranty, but the company has a deal where you can just drop your system off for service at any UPS Store, and they'll pack it up and deliver it to the repair depot. Support is accessible through a 24-7, toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in minutes)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
1,287 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
1,355 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
1,561 
Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
275 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
302 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
316 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
229 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
242 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
243 

Video Playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
148 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
111 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
104 

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System configurations:

Compaq CQ50-115NR
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.0GHz AMD Turion X2 Mobile RM-70; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G; 200GB Seagate 5,400rpm.

Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 160GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

Sony VAIO VGN-NR430 E/L
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 200GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.90GHz AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-60; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon 3100; 160GB Toshiba 5400rpm.

What you'll pay

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