Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955 review: Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955

Annual power consumption cost
Asus K50IJ-RX05
$5.22 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
$5.75 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
$5.86 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
$6.59 

The L505D-S5965's battery life is better than other retail models we tested, though not by much--it lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes on our video playback battery-drain test, which is a little lower than average for a 15-inch laptop. Only the Asus K50IJ-RX05 did better among the entry-level-retail models in our Back-to School roundup. However, remember that this system's Celeron is a very low-power chip compared with standard dual-core CPUs.

The Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955 is backed by an industry-standard one-year warranty. Support is accessible 24-7 via a toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and a Web site with driver downloads. While retail shops are happy to sell you an in-store extended warranty, they are often expensive and hard to use, so we don't recommend them.

Note: While this machine comes with Windows Vista, many retailers, including Best Buy, and some hardware manufacturers are offering a free upgrade to Windows 7 for systems purchased after the end of June. However, many upgrade offers specifically exclude systems such as this one, with Vista Basic.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus K50IJ-RX05
1,035 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
1,120 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
2,741 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
2,814 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
223 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
251 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
269 

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
225 
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
225 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
236 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
157 
Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
147 
Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
131 

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System configurations:
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955
Windows Vista Home Basic SP1; 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 160GB Toshiba 5400rpm.

Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 160GB Samsung 5400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-65; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon 3100; 250GB Toshiba 5400rpm.

Dell Inspiron 1545-012B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 160GB Western Digital 5400rpm.

Asus K50IJ-RX05
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Seagate 5400rpm.

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Toshiba Satellite L305-S5955

Part Number: PSLB8U-13T038 Released: Jul 6, 2009

MSRP: $350.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 6, 2009
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Color onyx blue
  • Weight 5.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500M
  • CPU Intel Celeron 900 / 2.2 GHz