Toshiba NB505-N508BL Review

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Overview

At glance, the features of this netbook is not too special for 2011 laptops which are available on the market.

It is a 1G RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, three USB ports, SD momory card slot, VGA output, headphone jacks, together with Mic which are separated, video camera, and the battery life which can be used up to 8 hours.
Nothing special on that, but you should read further.

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The Toshiba NB505-N508BL

What stands out from this machine is its full size keyboard, unlike the other laptops, which you must use pgup and pgdown key while pressing the fn key if you scroll in a long website page, with the Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) you can actually forget that pain because of the comfortable full size “PC” keyboad.

The touchpad is also very much improved in this model, it is very much better and wider for your productivity.

The 2.9 pounds weight is great, I can actually place this laptop in a bookbag, and it is very efficient as I am a student.

If you are on the move frequently, I definitely recommend this machine, because it is very small for a netbook and very simple to carry or pack.

The set up and boots are always easy and fast, if you are a non techy person, you would definitely be able to play with it within minutes.

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) price, specs, and features

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Price: $279.99

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Specs:

  1. 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 CPU (512KB L2 Cache)
  2. 1GB DDR2 RAM (at 667 MHz, maximum 2GB)
  3. 250 Serial ATA HD (at 5400 RPM)
  4. 10.2-inch TruBrite Display (1024×600 Native Resolution (WSVGA with 16:9 aspect ratio))
  5. LED Backlit
  6. Mono intregated speaker
  7. Black full size keyboard, multi touch control touchpad
  8. Web camera and microphone
  9. Ethernet 802.11b/g/n
  10. RJ-45 LAN port
  11. SD, SDHC, SXDC, Shared slot MMD reader
  12. RGB monitor video ports
  13. Microphone input, output headphone
  14. 100-240V/50-60Hz AC Adapter power
  15. Lithium Ion battery
  16. Windows 7 Starter Operating System (32-bit)
  17. Size: 7.5 x 10.3 x 1.4 inches
  18. Weight: 2.9 pounds

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Features:

  1. It has blue EasyGrip finish appearance
  2. Toshiba ReelTime to helps you searching your files faster, because it can be accessed from the taskbar, to see the recent accessed documents or files.
  3. Toshiba Media Controller to share your media, such as video, images and music files from your netbook to another device, or network, such as Xbox 360 without previously convert it to a disc or other device.
  4. Memory Card Reader, it includes a Secure Digital or SD memory card reader that can work well together with SDHC, SXDC or other MMD card.
  5. An intregated Web camera, standard laptop feature nowadays to do video chat.
  6. Full-size excellent Keyboard and Touch Pad along with Multi-touch Control

Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) Review


  1. Awful audio sound quality, it has only a tiny speaker on the bottom
  2. Quite slow performance


  1. Comes from Toshiba, a well-known netbook manfucaturer
  2. Excellent full size keyboard
  3. Long battery life
  4. Small and decent slim size, portable
  5. Lots of pre-installed softwares

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If you are a web designer, gaming addicts or someone who expect the lightning speed of a laptop, then this device is not a good choice.

But if you prefer the functionalities, such as checking emails, surfing websites, updating your facebook wall, a netbook on the go, then this 10.1-Inch Toshiba NB505-N508BL Netbook (Blue) is a worth buy.

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  1. says

    The first one I ordered would not start Windows, just gave a DOS screen saying it could not find the operating system. Credit Amazon for an almost totally painless return process and for having a replacement in my hands 24 hours after the defect was found.
    I really like the second one so far. Boots fairly quickly, feels very solidly made, has a super display and an excellent keyboard and touchpad. Seems like very good value for the price.
    I would give it five stars right now except that the delivery of the first defective machine makes me wonder a little about quality control and durability.