Toshiba Mini NB205-N325BL

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Today we go back to 2009 and review the Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL, one of the many netbooks launched that year. The chassis of this model might not be the slimmest we’ve seen, but it has a boxy, flat design with rounded corners that manages to provide a rather sophisticated appearance, except for the huge battery that sticks out at the back.

When it came out it carried a retail price of $399 and features an Intel Atom N280 processor running at 1.66 GHz. It packs 1GB of DDR2 memory at 800 MHz and has a 160GB hard drive that spins at a speed of 5,400 rpm. The chipset is an Intel 945GSE while the graphics power is handled by the integrated Intel GMA 950. The netbook is running on the Starter version of Windows 7, just like most of today’s models in this segment.

Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL (Source: us.toshiba.com)

Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL (Source: us.toshiba.com)

The netbook measures 10.4 x 7.6 (8.6 with battery) x 1.3 inches and it has a curb weight of 2.9 pounds (3.5 pounds if we take into account the AC adapter). It adopts a raised keyboard that has widely separated tile keys. This means that the size of the keys is a little bit smaller than in other netbooks, but the distance between them is pretty close to what you get in a full-size laptop. The bad news is that for this model Toshiba decided to cut down a little bit too much some of the important keys, like Tab, while the tilde key is located to the left of the spacebar, which isn’t good news for touch typing.

If you don’t like the keyboard (and we can’t blame you for that), you will certainly appreciate the touchpad which is more than three inches wide and it is one of the biggest you’ll ever see on a netbook. The mouse buttons too are oversized which makes them very suitable for screen navigation.

Another drawback that we would like to mention would have to be the sound quality which is quite poor. There’s only one speaker installed on the underside of the NB205-N325BL which is almost useless.

 

As for the 10.1-inch display, it has a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels which is pretty much the standard for the size of the screen. However, there are some netbooks that offer a 1,366 x 768-pixel (720p) resolution.

Regarding connectivity, the Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL comes with VGA out, headphone plus microphone jacks, three USB 2.0 ports (one of them is a sleep & charge port), an SD card reader, 802.11b/g/ and an Ethernet jack.

The large 6-cell lithium-ion battery will last for a whopping six and a half hours during a drain test consisting of continuous video playback.