The Toshiba Mini NB205 has been touted by many as a fantastic netbook, and in many respects its supporters are right. The netbooks sell for under $500, have lucid 10-inch screens, and include features like a sleep-and-charge port that charges the battery whenever your computer goes into sleep mode.
Ports include three USBs, ethernet, and a headphone jack – and thank the Lord for that headphone jack. According to tech writer Al Gibes from ReviewJournal, the speakers on this little guy aren’t worth your time:
The Mini’s weakest feature is its speaker, which is tiny and sits on the bottom of the device, about an inch from the bottom edge. Even with the volume at full blast, I had to strain to hear music or audio from every Web site I visited. Using headphones or earbuds solved the problem, but that’s not always an option, especially when sharing a video with people gathered around the screen.
So before you plunk down $399.99 for your new Toshiba Mini NB205 netbook, be sure you’ve got room in your budget for some headphones if audio on your netbook is important at all.
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Many netbooks have VGA ports that can be used to hook the device up to an external monitor, but some folks are worried that the quality of display on the external monitor may not be much better than that on the actual netbook.
If you’re one of those folks, the following may surprise you. The majority of netbooks run on an Intel GMA 950 (graphics) chipset, so a resolution of 2048×1536 at 32-bit color is actually possible.
In the picture below, a Toshiba NB205 netbook is hooked up to an external monitor that has a native resolution of 1920×1200. This is clearly a high enough resolution to have several windows and/or tabs open at the same time.
While it might not be ideal to run performance-intensive video games or high-definition movies on the combination of a netbook and external screen, for relatively basic tasks, you shouldn’t run into any problems.
Also, if you don’t want to use your netbook’s relatively small and cramped keyboard and touchpad, you could always connect a wireless mouse and keyboard through one of the netbook’s USB ports
Although your netbook may be quite convenient on-the-go, why not make it easier on your eyes and hands by hooking it up to an external monitor or two and some wireless accessories when you’re planning on being stationary for a while?
Toshiba’s newest netbook is finally ready for order!
This decently-priced Toshiba NB205 netbook comes in two offerings – a lower-end and higher-end version. The lower-end model has a price tag of $349 and comes in black. This netbook has a standard keyboard, is made from relatively cheaper materials, and can be purchased here.
To contrast, the higher end model with a price tag of $399 is available in four different colors. This netbook model has a high quality chassis and a chiclet-style keyboard. You can get the netbook here.
Both netbook models have 10.1″ screens, are powered by Intel Atom N280 processors, and have 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. The six cell netbook batteries are rumored to last for roughly eight to nine hours.
The 10.1-inch Toshiba NB205 netbook seems to be just another clone with a 1.66 GHz Atom N280 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, Windows XP and a 160 GB hard drive. While you might be forgiven if you dismiss it for that reason, you’d still be making a mistake. Why? The NB205 has 8 hours of battery life.
That number is fantastic, considering the fact that netbooks still come out with under 3 hours of juice. Another fantastic feature includes a USB port that can charge auxiliary devices like cell phones and iPods, even if the system is powered off.
Toshiba’s new netbook comes in at $399.99, but you get what you pay for.
The new M2010 is a Ruby Red clone of just about every other netbook, with Windows XP, a 160GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and a three-cell battery.
The screen size is 10 inches this time around, rather than the 8.9-inch model previously sold in Europe. Senior product director Paul Moore explained why:
“We didn’t bring it to North America because it was an 8.9-inch screen. At that time the feedback we were getting was 8.9 was too small.”