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Toshiba Mini NB305 Netbook

Toshiba Mini NB305 – great all around netbook

I thought the Dell Mini 1012 was cute, but the Toshiba Mini NB305 is classy looking with its metallic lid (available in brown, blue, red, and white) and sleek looking silver keyboard.  The Toshiba Mini weighs less than 3 pounds and is small enough to stash in your purse or pack, making it an excellent travel companion.

Like most other travel netbooks, the Toshiba Mini uses Intel’s Atom N450 processor, which is fine for basic computing such as word processing and emailing, but is not recommended for serious multitasking.  The NB305 features a six-cell battery that can last up to 8.75 hours – about the time it takes to get from Vienna to Venice on the Eurocity Express.

Three USB ports make it easy to connect your iPod, flash drives, and external hard drives and an SD card reader makes it easy to upload your photos without having to connect your camera to the USB.  The Toshiba Mini also features a unique Sleep-and-Charge port, allowing you to charge your mobile or mp3 player even while your netbook is turned off.

The Toshibi Mini comes preinstalled with the Microsoft Window 7 Starter operating system and also has a built-in webcam to help you keep in touch on the road.  A hard drive impact sensor protects your important data in case you drop or bump your computer easing your worries about taking the netbook out and about.

The quick & dirty:

Where you can find on:
Amazon: $369.99

Why they rock:

  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 250 GB SATA hard drive
  • 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display; Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 video processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter
  • 8.75 hours of battery life
  • Size (LWH): 8.3 inches, 10.4 inches, 1.27 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds

Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10
I’m looking to purchase a netbook for some upcoming travels and I am almost sold on The Toshiba Mini N450.  It just has so many cool features for the traveler.  The SD card reader  eliminates the need to bring along cords to transfer photos onto the computer and the Sleep-and-Charge feature is pretty neat.  I also like that the hard drive impact sensor gives a bit more protection of your computer’s contents in case of a drop, bump, or crash.

Looking to buy? Here’s where you can get one:
Amazon: $369.99