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First Impressions
Toshiba Mini NB205 Netbook - Notebook

Toshiba  NB205 Netbook in White

The Sleek Stylish Toshiba Mini NB205 Netbook in Frost White


by Linda A. Epstein
June 2009

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In a world where first impressions are critical, Toshiba hit it right on the mark when they called the Mini NB200 "perfectly small and impeccably stylish". 

Netbook? Mini Notebook? Mini PC? For all intent and purpose they are the one and the same so you call it Toshiba Mini NB205 Netbook what you like, Toshiba is calling the NB205 a mini notebook.  I'm calling it the "Energizer Bunny" of Netbooks because the battery lasted over 10 hours.

With its sleek stylish design, small size and light weight the new Toshiba Mini NB205 makes a great impression right out of the box. 

One of the first things you notice when you have it in hand is how sturdy it feels.  Small enough to tuck into easily into a purse, backpack or briefcase and sturdy enough to take anywhere. 

The well thought out design of the NB205 includes a
10.1" widescreen - WSVGA TruBrite® Backlit LED Display, fingerprint resistant case is available in five colors -Onyx Black, Frost White, Posh Pink, Royal Blue or Sable Brown, 3 USB ports, one of which is USB Sleep-and-Charge, full size keys and touchpad, built in webcam, Wi-Fi, and Toshiba hard drive protection are all included.  

The most notable feature however is that the Toshiba mini NB205 can give you up to nine hours of battery life!  

Needless to say Toshiba has packed in an outstanding feature set for a computer that starts at only $349.99, which makes it the a great value as well as a great little computer.

 

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First thought after it was up and running: I can't wait to install windows 7 on this machine!

Battery life: astounding 10 hours and 6 minutes!  in always on mode, wireless on, no standby, screen brightness turned all the way up, no hibernate, no screen saver the screen and hard drive on.   Bluetooth was turned off.

I'm one of those people who generally plugs in a trackball or mouse if I am going to use any machine for more than a few minutes but the touchpad and buttons on the NB 205 are so well done that I have not found the need to plug in my mouse, which is a first for me.

Its been running for about 4 hours now and still has 72% battery life remaining and is barely even warm

I'll have a full review for you in a few weeks, but for now I can tell you that the NB205 looks to be an excellent choice for those in the market for a Netbook - Mini Notebook.

Made for the shade...
The Toshiba NB205 can be used outdoors in indirect light

  • Processor: Intel® Atom™ Processor N280
  • Battery Life: Up to 9.08 hours
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition(SP3)
  • Memory: 1GB, DDR2 800MHz
  • Display: 10.1" widescreen - WSVGA TruBrite® Backlit LED -Display, Resolution 1024x600
  • GRAPHICS: Intel® GMA950 -64MB-251MB dynamically allocated shared graphics
  • Hard Drive: 160GB, 5400rpm
  • Wireless LAN: Atheros® Wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
  • USB Ports: 3 total - 2-USB (2.0), 1-USB (2.0) with Sleep and Charge
  • Bluetooth® V2.1 + EDR
  • Webcam
  • Audio: Headphone jack (stereo), monaural speaker, Microphone jack (mono)
  • Weight: Starting at at 2.93 pounds
  • Optical Drive: Sold Separately

Why is the OS windows XP?  There are several reasons that the majority of netbook's and mini notebooks do not ship with Windows Vista.   To begin with, it would be impossible to have a price point of $349.99 to $399.99 with Windows Vista installed because of the cost of the license for Vista.    In addition to that Windows XP runs faster and better than Vista.

From the Toshiba web site:


Make a great impression
Toshiba NB 205 colors

Sleekly designed with a comfort-driven display, plus full-size keyboard and touchpad, these mini notebooks come in a choice of exciting colors too—Onyx Black, Frost White, Posh Pink, Royal Blue or Sable Brown. Select models even offer a beautiful textured finish. Quite simply, the Toshiba mini NB205 is made for showing off.

Carry it everywhere you go

Our Toshiba mini NB205 companion PC is perfect for on-the-go fun and convenience. At less than three pounds, this lightweight mini notebook is super-practical and can be carried around virtually anywhere. It also has the extended battery life to power your busy day so you can surf the Web, enjoy light gaming, chat with your friends and family or listen to music.

Small in size but big on features

It offers plenty of convenient features like USB Sleep-and-Charge ports that power your gadgets even when the PC is off, a Hard Drive Impact Sensor to help safeguard your data from sudden movement or drops, and international limited warranty coverage so you won’t have to worry when taking it on the road.

Purchase the Toshiba NB205 Starting at $349.99 !

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