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  • Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows XP Home, 5800 mAh 6-Cell Battery
  • 10.1″ Display

Product Description
Our affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch Toshiba mini NB205 is a in vogue messenger Personal Computer which raises a club when it comes to portability. It’s additionally a initial mini laptop which lets we suffer all a benefits of today’s fast-moving digital world, putting we in hold with your a one preferred people, sites, networks as good as digital media in ways as good as places we never imagined. Though tiny sufficient to chuck in a purse or bag, it’s written with intelligent facilities similar to a full-sized set of keys as good as touchpad, prolonged battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports as good as a tough expostulate stroke sensor which protects your data. So it picks up where intelligent phones leave off as good as creates most of today’s netbooks appear similar to a rubbish of time. What’s more, to take a be concerned out of receiving it along, a Toshiba mini NB205 additionally comes with general singular guaranty coverage, as good as a award-winning make use of as good as support. NOTE: The NB205-N310/BN is enclosed inside of a ‘NB200’ series, which is settled upon a packaging.Amazon.com Product Description
Small sufficient to chuck in a purse or bag, a affordable, super-compact 10.1-inch Toshiba mini NB205 netbook–which weighs only underneath 3 pounds–is written with intelligent facilities similar to a full-sized set of keys as good as touchpad, prolonged battery life, USB Sleep-and-Charge ports as good as a tough expostulate stroke sensor which protects your data. You’ll additionally get glorious battery hold up with a enclosed six-cell battery which provides up to 9 hours of battery power–enabling we to go by an complete day of school, work or errands but worrying about a recharge.

With up to 9 hours of battery hold up a Toshiba mini NB205 lets we go by an complete day of school, work or errands but worrying about a recharge (see incomparable image).

The admirably styled Toshiba mini NB205-N311/W facilities a textured finish with a Matrix settlement in Frost White that’s sure to constraint attention.

Created generally for mobile devices, Intels 1.6 GHz Atom N280 processor uses an innovative settlement make up as good as hafnium-infused electronics which helps revoke electrical stream steam in transistors–which equates to longer battery hold up when you’re upon a go. It additionally includes a Intel 945GSE graphics chipset, which provides browsing a internet, emailing, regulating simple Personal Computer applications as good as enjoying online digital media.

This indication of a Toshiba mini NB205 (NB205-N310/BN) has a admirably styled cover in Sable Brown, which is accented by a textured finish with a Matrix pattern. It facilities a 160 GB tough hoop drive, 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), 54g Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), Bluetooth connectivity, Fast Ethernet, as good as a Secure Digital mental recall label slot. It comes preinstalled with a Microsoft Windows XP Home handling system, which offers some-more gifted users an extended as good as innovative knowledge which incorporates Windows Live facilities similar to Windows Live Messenger for present messaging as good as Windows Live Mail for combined email accounts upon your desktop.

Key Features

  • 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution) provides richer colors as good as clearer definition–perfect for browsing a internet
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor combines opening as good as potency to try a Internet as good as stay continuous whilst mobile (Learn more)
  • 160 GB Serial ATA tough drive (5400 RPM) with an stroke sensor which helps guarantee your interpretation by “parking” a tough expostulate heads in a eventuality of a dump or remarkable movement. (Learn more)
  • 1 GB of RAM (800 MHz; 1 mental recall slot; upgradeable to 2 GB)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA950 with up to 251 MB of boldly allocated common graphics mental recall
  • Webcam (0.3 megapixels) integrated in to a bezel for easy video chats as good as teleconferencing
  • Three USB Sleep-and-Charge ports concede we to assign your mobile phone as good as alternative inclination even when a cover is defunct or off.
  • Full-sized keyboard (85 keys)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi networking (802.11b.g) so we can communicate, crop as good as share whilst upon a pierce
  • Bluetooth connectivity for syncing smartphones as good as regulating headphone for online video chats as good as Internet telephony.
  • Fast Ethernet connected networking (10/100)
  • Built-in mono speaker
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home handling system
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life from enclosed 6-cell battery
  • Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.6 x 1.27 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 2.93 pounds
  • Environmentally focused with RoHS harmony (reducing a environmental stroke by restricting a make use of of lead, mercury as good as sure alternative dangerous substances), Energy Star 5.0 compliant, as good as EPEAT Gold agreeable
  • Warranty: 1 year guaranty with general singular guaranty coverage

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This Toshiba mini NB205 cover has an integrated 54g wireless LAN (Atheros) that’s concordant with 802.11b as good as 802.11g networks as good as Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1 + EDR), which enables we to promulgate as good as synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as PDAs as good as mobile phones. It offers a following ports:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for joining a far-reaching operation of peripherals–from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • Memory label reader concordant with Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), as good as MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet

The right side of a NB205.

The left side of a NB205.

The front of a NB205.

What’s in a box
This package contains a Toshiba mini NB205-N310/BN netbook, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, as good as handling instructions. 

It additionally comes with a following software: Norton Internet Security 2009, Microsoft Works 9, Windows Media Player, Google Toolbar, Toshiba Personal Computer Health Monitor

NOTE: The NB205-N310/BN belongs to a NB200 series.  It will state this upon a box.

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Power-Sipping Processor

The Intel Atom processor uses a settlement make up which packs in 47 million transistors in to a singular thinly slice sized during only 22mm (0.87 inches), as good as it uses only 2.5 watts of power–less than 1/10 of a 35 watts used by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor–for glorious battery management. This 1.66 GHz Atom N280 processor additionally includes a power-optimized front side train of 533 MHz for faster interpretation send upon perfectionist mobile applications as good as a 512 KB L2 cache (which at a moment stores data).


Hard Drive Protection

While a rarely unstable inlet of mini-notebooks exposes them to a knocks as good as bumps which have been an unavoidable underline of hold up upon a move, a Toshiba mini NB205 facilities a 3D-accelerometer monitoring complement which detects freefalls, shocks as good as vibrations as good as protects a integrated HDD to secure opposite a detriment of any personal data.

Toshiba Mini NB205-N310/BN 10.1-Inch Sable Brown Netbook – 9 Hour Battery Life



5 Reviews

  1. Johnny Chan says:

    UPDATE:
    Just in case you decide to order a case for this netbook, keep in mind that the dimensions in the Amazon description or Toshiba’s website (10.4 x 7.6 x 1.27 inches) are the dimensions of this netbook WITHOUT the 6-cell battery. If you look at the side-view photo in the Amazon description area (the one with the 7.6″ measurement right below it), you’ll see it’s pictured without the battery. I just measured mine and with the 6-cell battery protruding from the back, it’s actually 10.4 x 8.4 x 1.27 so many of the cases you find on Amazon made for 10″ netbooks may not fit the NB205 with the 6-cell battery. Okay that’s it for my update… read on for my original review…

    ———-

    I just received my Toshiba NB205 yesterday and after spending many hours “playing” with it, I can easily say that, hands down, it is the BEST Netbook on the market today!

    At the end of next week, I’ll be traveling overseas and I wanted a small and lightweight laptop that I would be able to use to watch movies on the plane, transfer vacation photos and videos to, and use the internet for researching stuff from my hotel room. I currently own a 15″ Macbook Pro but decided I didn’t want to take it with me since it’s a bit bigger & heavier and I can’t afford to lose it. That’s when I began researching these Atom-based Netbooks.

    When I started researching, the Toshiba NB205 had not yet been released but there were still many netbook models out there by other manufacturers. I had originally considered the Samsung NC10, Acer Aspire One AOD250, Asus 1000HE, and Lenovo S10 as they all were pretty much equipped with similar configurations (Atom N270/N280 1.6 or 1.66Ghz cpu, 10″ screen, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, Windows XP Home) and priced in the $350-400 price range. I won’t go into too much detail about what I liked or didn’t like about the other products but I had pretty much narrowed it down to either the Samsung NC10 or the Acer AOD250. Then I came across a pre-release review from Laptop Magazine on the Toshiba and decided to wait on my netbook. It was definitely worth the wait considering this is the first netbook I’ve come across that actually had noticeable differentiating features. When you compare all the others, it’s kind of hard to choose from one over the other because they’re all so similar!

    The 4 biggest selling points on this Toshiba NB205 that had me wait for it was the 9-hour battery life, the look & feel of the keyboard, the size of the trackpad & buttons, and the overall aesthetics of it.

    The whole point of buying a laptop this small and compact is for its portability factor. When you have to lug a brick-based AC adapter with you in fear the battery in your laptop won’t last as long as you need it, it sure interferes with how portable carrying a laptop really is. A 9-hour lithium-ion battery will definitely solve that problem. Most of you are probably wondering how realistic that 9-hour rating really is… Let me just reassure you all, the battery life is GOOD! I brought it to a full charge, then unplugged it from the adapter and watched two movies on it (more on the movie playback capabilities later) and did 4 hours worth of web surfing afterwards — all off the power from the battery on a single charge! You students out there can now bring it to all your classes and not have to look for a wall outlet! Oh, btw, I had the screen brightness set to 1/2 (level 4 brightness setting) and turned off the Bluetooth.

    Netbooks are known for smaller keyboards and even worse, SMALL trackpads and trackpad button(s). In addition to the smaller size, many of the netbooks I saw in person at my local Fry’s Electronics had very “cheapy”-feeling keyboards — they just felt real fragile compared to the keyboard on my Macbook Pro. Enter the Toshiba NB205. Finally, a netbook that has a keyboard with keys that had the look and feel of a Mac keyboard and a robustly solid build to it. In addition to the look and feel, the keys were also pretty darn close in width to my Mac keyboard (both my Macbook Pro’s keyboard, and my desktop Mac’s keyboard). I’ll try to post some comparison photos on Amazon this weekend for all those interested. The trackpad and buttons on the NB205 is also the biggest I’ve seen in the netbook category. Toshiba did a tremendous job in getting this right. Most of the other netbooks had really small trackpads and little miniature trackpad button(s) that felt real flimsy. Another feature that I like with the trackpad that’s not stated anywhere is that the very right edge of the trackpad can be used for scrolling web pages or other documents (similar to the one on the Samsung NC10). This feature is not obvious as there are no arrow indicators like there is on the NC10 but it does support it!

    I won’t go into the aesthetics of this unit since you can pretty much see how amazing this netbook looks from the Amazon photos (I’ll also add my own photos this weekend so you can get a better feel for the size, etc.) but let me now shift focus on using it.

    Although I upgraded the memory on the unit to 2GB (I installed the Crucial 2GB 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Memory Module and it works great with the NB205!), all the testing I performed and am about to describe was done with the stock 1GB memory.

    The very first thing I wanted to make sure this unit can do is play back, at the very least, DVD-quality movies (i.e. 480P movies (720×480 resolution)). One thing I’d HIGHLY recommend everyone who’s interested in watching movies on their netbook do is download the FREE media player called VLC (Google “download vlc”). VLC is very lightweight and will play back movies a lot smoother than Quicktime or Windows Media Player; and given the inherently slower speeds of these Intel Atom processors compared to the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, using the VLC media player is your best bet. Using a free program called “Handbrake”, one can convert their Bluray or DVD movies to AVC/h.264-encoded movies, which is what I used to convert some of my Bluray collection into a format that can be played-back on my NB205. Since it’s out of the scope of this review and would require a tutorial guide of its own, I won’t be able to explain how you would go about converting your Bluray or DVD movies. Anyhow, I first converted my Bluray edition of Valkyrie to a 720×480 resolution with a conservative 864kbs bitrate. The NB205 had NO PROBLEMS playing it back… It played back with very smooth video and the audio was synced up perfectly throughout the entire movie. So I decided to convert the movie again…. this time, using more aggressive settings… I converted it to a resolution of 1024×600 (since this is the native resolution of the NB205’s screen) and a 2048kbps bitrate. Again, the NB205 was able to play the movie without a hitch. I didn’t bother trying to convert the movie to 720P since the native resolution of the screen is only 1024×600 (it would be equivilent to 600P but 600P is not a standard). If you’re planning to watch movies on the NB205 with someone else, you’ll be happy to know that watching it from a 45 degree angle is very acceptible. Beyond the 45 degree angle, you won’t be able to really see much so don’t expect to have more than 3 people watching from it (why would you have more than 2 or 3 people watching off a 10″ screen anyways!?).

    Given it’s capability to playback movies very smoothly, anything else I was going to throw at it would be child’s play. Anyhow, I was reading that this laptop does get hot but after playing back two movies on it, it was not unbearable when resting it on my lap. So it doesn’t seem like overheating problems will be too much of a concern for this laptop (but only long-term usage can really confirm this).

    Another cool feature the NB205 sports that I’m not sure is available on all the other competitor models is a built-in accelerometer. It works the same way as the iPhone accelerometer but it’s in the NB205 purely to detect if the laptop is about to take a fall. When it detects motion, it quickly moves the hard drive heads away from the hard drive to prevent any mishaps in case the hard drive is currently reading from or writing to the hard disks. Using a Toshiba software utility that’s installed from the factory, you can change the sensitiviy threshold of the accelerometer or turn it off altogether.

    There are obviously a lot more features that the NB205 comes with but I’m not going to explain each one simply because they’re self-explanatory (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc.) but you can find out more about those features in Amazon’s description of this product.

    One final note before I conclude my review… Toshiba released two main models of the NB205 on the same day… the NB205-N310/311/312/313 (which is the model I have — the NB205-N310/BN to be exact) and the NB205-N210. I think if you want to save $50, the NB205-210 would be a good choice as well — provided you don’t need Bluetooth or the Mac-style “chiclet” keyboard. For the extra $50, though, you also get the much sleeker, unique Toshiba-styling of the NB205-N31X series.

    So if you’re in the market for a very portable laptop, and you’re considering a 10″-based netbook, the Toshiba NB205 is packed with features, enclosed around a very aesthetically pleasing body, and is very competitively priced!!!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. N. Vance says:

    Went out last night to look at netbooks for the hundredth time. After looking at the same ole boring models, plastic, cramped, creaky, cheap feeling, I came across this beauty. A very sturdy model, well made, and I was hooked on first site. After thinking that it was just an visual thing, I started to type away on the keyboard and what a thing of beautiful engineering. The Home, End, PrtSc keys are all in the proper place at the upper right, some other netbook keyboards required the use of the Fn key to use those keys (this model includes separate page up and down keys too). The screen is nice and bright, I was able to compare it side by side with a Dell mini and the Eee 1005HA and the Toshiba came out on top!!! Lastly, the touch pad is top of the line. It is not too small and there are separate L and R buttons located on the bottom of the pad like a “normal” laptop. As you know some other manufacturers make one rectangular button on the bottom or one on each side of the track pad…this one is, again, top notch.
    For the money, you can not go wrong with purchasing this laptop. Great feel, sturdy build, awesome battery life, and you just feel good using it :) Hopefully this helps in your decision concerning a netbook purchase.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Doug Pardee says:

    I just got my NB205 last Saturday. So these are initial, early impressions.

    #1 (terrible first impression): It took all afternoon and into the evening to get the unit talking to my LinkSys WRT54G wireless router. The wireless communication was connected, the router had assigned an IP address, but the NB205 refused to get it. It sat at “acquiring IP address” until it timed out. I have a static IP block reserved on my router, so I gave the NB205 a static IP address and filled in the gateway and DNS server IPs, and it *still* wouldn’t talk. In technical parlance, it wasn’t just a problem with ARP – the entire transport layer simply wasn’t working.

    A wired connection to the router worked fine. But that wasn’t a workaround that I was prepared to accept.

    I researched on the Web and found that various Toshiba models seem to have a lot of trouble with wireless, and that there are probably a hundred different things that people said finally got theirs working.

    What finally worked for me was to turn off WEP security on both the router and the NB205. That immediately got them talking, at the expense of breaking all of my other wireless links (two computers and a Wii). Then I turned WEP back on, and they stayed talking. No problems since. EDITED: after over two months, still no problem. It was just the one-time startup.

    #2 (good): The battery life is pretty danged long. Maybe not the claimed nine hours, but seven or eight (with WiFi turned off and using power-saver profile). I suspect that a good part of that comes from using an e-IPS display.

    #3 (bad but expected): The manual is provided on the hard drive, not in print. The manual is disorganized and mostly useless. This seems to be par for the course for modern computers.

    #4 (very slightly bad): The manual says that if you shut the unit down by closing the lid (sleep mode, hibernate, or whatever) that when you open the lid it’ll start back up. It doesn’t. You have to press the power button. EDITED: It will come back on automatically if you’ve left it plugged into AC power the whole time. It doesn’t if it’s unplugged, which for me is pretty much “always”.

    #5 EDITED: (very annoying until I figured out what was wrong): I had given up on using Sleep/Standby mode because about half of the time when I turned it back on the unit completely rebooted. Hibernate mode always seemed to work. The problem turned out to be that one of the latches for the battery pack wasn’t locked, and the netbook would lose power if the unit was lifted in a way that tried to separate the pack from the main unit. So it was my own error, but I learned to pay attention to those latches.

    #6 (generally good): I got this netbook specifically for writing. The keyboard seemed to be the best available in the netbook form factor, and I’m finding the keyboard to be quite usable for extended typing sessions. A couple of keys got relocated into funky positions, though. (Maybe other netbook keyboards do the same, I don’t know.)

    #7 (good): The touchpad is the first one that I’ve found to be actually usable.

    #8 (mildly concerning): I had to turn off the vibration alerts because every time I click the touchpad, it sets off the vibration detector.

    So… good keyboard, good touchpad, good display, good battery life. That’s what I needed, and it’s working out well. But I have collected some scars from the rough edges of getting it set up and the power on/off arrangements.

    FIVE DAYS LATER (an update): I’m really enjoying this little guy. I finally got everything configured the way that I want, and I love working with it. My only day-to-day complaint is a silly one: I sometimes write while lying down, with my legs bent and the netbook propped against my legs, and in that position the clicker buttons on the touchpad rest against my belly and tend to click when I don’t want them to. :-) I’ve learned to use Fn-F9 to disable the touchpad while I’m doing that.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Himurax13 says:

    Well I have been doing research and playing with netbooks for several months now. I had to replace my aging 5 year old HP that was recently stolen. I wanted something with a long battery life and was extremely small and portable.
    I rolled down to my local best buy on July 4th and I was hell bent on getting the ASUS 1000HE. I found out that the model they sold only had the Atom 270, but I wanted the Black Tie warranty so I was going to live with that. However, when I got there, they did not have any in stock. In fact, the only netbook that had the Atom 280 was the Toshiba NB 205. I never even heard of it. I found out that they were out of stock so I ran home and called until I found a best buy that had one in stock. I read some reviews but they were dismal at best.
    After playing with it non stop for 3 days, here is what I like about it.
    1. The Case is much better looking than any other netbook out there. It even looks nicer than the Mac Books. It is much nicer than the ASUS 1000HE.
    2. The screen is very crisp and bright. It also has 8 levels of brightness.
    3. The Keys are very nice to type on and are spaced out well.
    4. The touchpad is responsive and the left and right keys are placed like a normal laptop.
    5. Although it took some time to get the wireless working, it hooks up faster than my other 2 laptops.
    6. It runs XP so with some minor tweaks, it ran just as fast as my other laptops.
    7. It plays MP4 movies/videos very well.
    8. It handles office applications like Excel and Access very well.
    9. I was able to watch 3 full length MP4 movies and still have over half the battery life left.
    10. It boots up fast and it has no problem with multiple windows.
    11. Netflix live stream videos work great on it.
    12. 3 USB Ports (one can charge while it is off), 1 VGA Port, 1 RJ45 Port, and a SD Port.

    Now on to what I don’t like.
    1. The back of the battery does stick out another inch but it does seem to act like a bumper. I bought a Targus bag with a handle and it fits perfectly.
    2. The speaker is very inadequate, the earphone jack works well.
    3. The Wireless setup was a pain. I wish it had a dedicated switch.
    4. The instruction manual is almost useless.
    5. Can’t really adjust the screen resolution (although the stock settings are fine).

    All in all it was a pleasant surprise and I am glad I waited to buy.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. L. Dumas says:

    I’ve owned this little guy for about 2 months now, I’ve tested several net-books prior and can honesty state that this is the best net-book on the market.

    Several people have complained about it not accepting wireless connections, my advice: READ THE MANUAL. It tells you how to do it if for some reason your net-book is not set up to do it already, it’s as simply as pressing two keys simultaneously.

    Also, how fast a web-page loads is not a function of your computer, rather it is a function of your internet connection, if you only achieve transfer rates of 56kbps, it’s because you’re on a 56K connection, so ignore those reviewers.

    The island style keyboard is excellent, but be advised, if you type properly, it will take some getting used to. If you use this laptop and another laptop with a traditional style keyboard, you will most likely experience an unpleasant amount of typo’s on the traditional keyboard.

    The only read drawback of this net-book is the track-pad. The track-pad is unresponsive quite often for several seconds and lags and skips on occasion, but this isn’t a real killer, especially if you have even the smallest semblance of patience.

    Bottom Line:

    Pros:

    -less that 2 pounds.
    -beautiful screen, excellent colors.
    -keyboard is great.
    -has Memory Sync, works well with external hard-drives.
    -long battery life, not 9 hours unless on power-saver mode. more like 6.5 – 7.
    -some good software comes pre-loaded on it.
    -keyboard shortcuts are well positioned.
    -full sized keyboard.
    -track-pad is twice as big as other net-books.
    -absolutely perfect for online activities. *Word of warning, if you are the kind of person that saves hundreds of pictures and music files, buy a USB flash drive or an external hard-drive and store them on there, I advise people to do this with all their computers (net-books or otherwise) because it keeps their machines running fast.
    -backup disc creator comes pre-loaded on it from toshiba. I recommend you make one as soon as you buy any new PC.
    -Toshiba support is excellent. I have never owned a faulty Toshiba product.
    -comes with a HDD shock protector, so you don’t shake your laptop too much and ruin the hard-drive.
    -connects to the internet flawlessly, in a matter of seconds.
    -extremely portable.
    -contains a port for SD memory card, no need to connect your camera through USB.
    -indicator lights on front are a nice touch.
    -very sleek, appealing design.

    Cons:

    -only 3 USB ports, buying a USB hub is recommended.
    -the speakers are terrible, must buy external speakers if you want to hear anything.
    -comes loaded with trial version of Norton anti-virus, which is a terrible anti-virus and firewall provider, I recommend uninstalling it after purchase.
    -no CD drive, which is common on net-books, an external drive works better anyways, and you can purchase blu-ray external drives for around 80$.
    -the track-pad is a little annoying at times, as mentioned above.
    -the fan is not user controlled on any PC, this isn’t really a problem with the net-book, all PC’s have this problem, they should follow Mac’s example..
    -not a lot of Random Access Memory (RAM), don’t even consider playing games on here, although I have had success by using my external hard-drive to store the game files and play them while plugged in (I did this with Peggle Nights, a small game that takes up very little space).
    -gets hot after about 4 hours of use, which is still phenomenal.

    Recommended equipment if you do buy a netbook (or laptop for that matter):

    -An external hard-drive should be purchased with any new computer, whether it be a laptop, net-book, or desktop. An external hard-drive allows you to save video, music, pictures, etc. to an external location and preserves disk space, making your computer run as fast as it did upon purchase. I recommend hard-drives produced by Western-Digital or Toshiba, they are both very well made and reasonably priced, if you are an obsessive compulsive saver (the type that saves pictures, music, etc. for single use and never deletes them) I recommend at least a 500GB external hard-drive. I personally use a 1.5 TB external, and store DVD movies on it for extended road-trips. External hard-drives can run anywhere from 50$ for a cheapy to 500$ for a very large large hard-drive (2TB+) with software loaded on it, my 1.5 TB western digital hard-drive cost about 95$, and a Toshiba 500 GB is around 70$, well worth the storage and extended PC life, and they can be used on multiple computers.

    -An external dvd drive and writer, this is a must have. Allows you to read CD’s and DVD’s and burn them. I recommend buying one of the following brands: LG, Sony, Toshiba. Sony offers them with Blu-ray playback and burning, which is not very useful unless you have a blu-ray player, or want to store large amounts of data. Things to look for when buying an external dvd player: make sure it is DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD-RW compatible, otherwise you will have to choose your media wisely. Lightscribe is a neat little program cropping up lately, which allows you to etch words into the tops of CD’s and DVD’s, such as the name of the CD or your name. This feature is neat, but be aware that it requires special discs, DO NOT USE LIGHTSCRIBE ON NON-LIGHTSCRIBE DISCS.

    -A flash-drive or “thumb-drive.” Ever want to transfer a large file from ne computer to another, and E-mail just won’t cut it? Enter, flash drive. These little guys are perfect for small-portable storage.

    -Line-Out or USB external laptop speakers. In the case of this netbook, external speakers are a must. I recommend Logitech V20 speakers for laptops (excluding those running windows vista). Which reminds me, the NB205 comes with Windows XP home, which I think is a good thing, as Vista is not nearly as user friendly.

    -USB hub. Allows you to connect multiple usb devices to a single port. Be warned, these do not work with High-Speed USB cables, such as those used with external hard-drives and external DVD drives, except in some rare cases.

    Hope this review helped.

    Rating: 5 / 5

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