Toshiba’s 10 inch netbooks have always had a few things going for them: large touchpads, comfortable chiclet-style keyboards, and excellent battery life. The latest model, the Toshiba Mini NB305 appears to be no different at first glance. But despite the fact that it uses the new Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail processor which is more energy efficient than the N270 chip found in earlier models, Laptop Magazine found that the new model’s battery life isn’t quite as stellar as the Toshiba NB205’s.
Of course, this is all relative. In the Laptop Magazine reviews, the Mini NB305 ran for 8:37 on a charge, while the NB05 ran for 8:51. It’s not a huge difference. And to be fair, I barely managed to squeeze 7 hours out of the NB205 with Windows 7 Starter Edition in my own test. So I’d take all of these battery tests with a grain of salt. But more importantly: Once you pass the 7 or 8 hour mark, do you really care that much about which model has slightly better battery life?
Laptop Magazine also reports that Toshiba has refined the chassis for its new laptop. While the computer still has the same keyboard and touchpad, the battery has been moved from the back to the bottom of the laptop. And the front of the netbook is now thinner than the back, giving the Toshiba Mini NB305 a slimmer appearance when viewed from the front.
For more photos and details, check out the complete review.