Toshiba NB305 review: Toshiba NB305

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The Good Good keyboard; long battery life; sturdy chassis.

The Bad Presence of nine embedded function lights is overkill.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba NB305 is a thoroughly respectable machine. Its performance is fairly typical for a netbook, but it offers long battery life, a good keyboard, and a robust and attractive design

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8.3 Overall

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The netbook market is saturated, with nearly every laptop maker offering its own troupe of ultra-portable machines. Toshiba's 10.1-inch NB305 is one of the better examples. It's available now for around £320.

Sleek, svelte, sturdy
The first thing to note about the NB305 is that it's sleeker than its predecessor, the NB200, thanks to a smaller motherboard and Intel's diminutive Atom N450 processor. The six-cell battery doesn't stick out from the back like a sore thumb, so it doesn't ruin the effect of the machine's svelte dimensions.

The 10.1-inch chassis weighs only 1.3kg and sports one of the best keyboards we've seen on a netbook. It runs almost all the way from the left edge of the machine to the right. There's space between the keys, and we managed to type without accidentally hitting the wrong buttons, which makes a pleasing change from the norm.

The NB305 is generally beautifully designed. The silver casing looks great combined with the grooved, metallic-brown lid. This netbook is sure to get noticed by envious road warriors when you take it out and about.

The NB305's keys are spaced sufficiently far apart so that we didn't inadvertently press the wrong ones while typing

The NB305 is also pleasingly sturdy -- nothing feels like it will snap off in your hand. In fact, the NB305 feels like it would survive a nuclear war, and, surprisingly, it doesn't seem to pay the price for this in terms of increased weight and size.

The only thing we don't like about this machine's design is the presence of nine embedded function lights on the front edge. It feels like overkill. 

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