Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Toshiba Satellite E305 (S1990) review

PCMarkVantage 3DMark06
Battery Life
Toshiba Satellite E305 (Core i5-2410M) 6,313 4,547 5:07
Samsung Series 9 (Core i5-2537M) 7,582 2,240 4:20
13-inch MacBook Air (Core 2 Duo, GeForce 320M) 5,170 4,643 4:45
ThinkPad X220 (Core i5-2520M) 7,635 3,517 7:19
ASUS U36Jc (Core i5 / NVIDIA GeForce 310M) 5,981 2,048 / 3,524 5:30
Lenovo IdeaPad U260 (Core i5) 3,858 1,153 2:56
Toshiba Portege R705 (Core i3-350M) 5,024 1,739 / 3,686 4:25
Notes: the higher the score the better. For 3DMark06, the first number reflects score with GPU off, the second with it on.

Now in its third year, Best Buy's Blue Label program is something of a time capsule for fickle consumer tastes. Being the behemoth that it is, the retail giant hands PC makers a wishlist of specs, design flourishes, and aggressive price points -- all with the promise of selling the finished product exclusively. The 14-inch Toshiba Satellite E305 has had more than a few facelifts since we reviewed the E205 last year, and reminds us that nowadays, shoppers prefer metal to glossy plastic, and seamless touchpads to large mouse buttons. The E305's got all that, along with a Sandy Bridge processor, USB 3.0, a Blu-ray drive, a 4G radio, and the second generation of Intel's Wireless Display technology. For $899, that all sounds dandy, but as we know, a laptop doesn't always equal the sum of its parts. Is it as much of a steal as you'd imagine it to be? Head on past the break and see for yourself.

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