The Toshiba NB505-N508 is a netbook designed for budget-minded consumers.
For $299, what you get is a good looking netbook with EasyGrip finish, ergonomically designed keyboard, excellent battery life (7.5 hours), and a moderate set of specs that's powerful enough for most of the tasks we generally do on a computer, but not for heavy-duty tasks like video editing or HD streaming.
Toshiba NB505 Review Summary
This 2.6 pounds netbook comes with a rubbery finish lid with dimpled pattern that’s available in several colors including Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, and Turquoise. It measures 10.3 x 7.5 x 0.65-1.4 inches and can be easily slipped into a backpack.
Keyboard and TouchPad
The keyboard of the NB505 is large enough for comfortable typing although it does not feel as good as the excellent metal keyboard found on the NB305, another netbook from Toshiba. The 3.1 x 1.5 inches touchpad is wide enough for multi-touch gesture and navigation effectively. Below the touchpad, there are 2 black mouse buttons which are much better than the single, rocker style mouse button that most other netbooks are using.
The Toshiba NB505 is powered by a single core Atom N455 processor. While it’s not as powerful as a dual core processor, the NB505 found to be responsive enough for word processing and surfing the web, but not for heavy-duty multitasking.
In terms of graphics, the NB505 comes with an integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphic chip which does not provide enough muscle for gaming or full HD video playback.
The Toshiba NB505 comes with 6-cell 48 Wh battery which Toshiba claims to provide up to 8 hours of battery life. From LaptopMag’s battery test though, which involve continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi, this machine last for 7.5 hours.
Toshiba NB505 Customer Reviews
Toshiba NB505 Expert Reviews
|Mark Spoonauer from Laptop Magazine says:||
It doesn’t get much cheaper than $299, and for the price the Toshiba mini NB505 delivers style and substance. The EasyGrip finish, comfy keyboard, and more than 7 hours of battery life add up to one of the best bargain netbooks yet. For the same price, the student-focused HP Mini 1103 has a faster 7,200-rpm hard drive and lasts an hour longer on a charge, but there’s something to be said for the NB505′s color options. If you’re on a budget, the mini NB305 is an excellent choice.
Toshiba NB505 Video Reviews
Toshiba NB505 Specification
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|CPU||1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455|
|RAM||1 GB DDR2|
|Graphic Card||Intel GMA 3150|
|Max Battery Life||8.5 hours|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Starter|