Toshiba Satellite M305 Review

May 16, 2023
Justin Ankus

toshiba satelite 305

Toshiba's budget laptop is an excellent solution for those on a tight budget looking for something capable of both work and play, yet without breaking the bank. Equipped with an efficient dual-core processor and vibrant display, yet heavy in weight and lacking backlight for the keyboard.

Toshiba's budget laptop stands out as being well-built and packed with features for its $350 price point. It boasts a solid case, large display and powerful dual-core CPU along with ample storage capacity and backlight keyboard illumination - something essential when typing late at night.

The Satellite E305 is our 2009 Back-to-School entry-level laptop, but it doesn't seem like one from last year. It features the same glossy Smurf blue finish and large touch buttons; however, under its hood it contains less RAM at half of last year's cost compared to last year. Although still offering decent value, better systems exist at comparable costs.

As is typically the case for notebooks of this size, the M305 was designed for portability rather than performance. The chassis is slim and light while its battery may prove too large to fit easily in most travel bags - all told, it weighs approximately 5.5 pounds which makes it heavier than average notebooks.

Even with its heavyweight, the M305 remains easy to use thanks to its familiar design. It features a large keyboard with well-placed keys and spacious trackpad, along with a display that is bright enough and responsive enough for long hours of browsing and video watching, but may not provide HD movie viewing experiences.

The M305 features a Core 2 Duo "Penryn" processor which is suitable for daily tasks but may struggle when dealing with more demanding apps and games. However, its three GB of RAM and 250GB hard drive should give most users enough storage capacity; and should they need extra memory - up to fourGB can be added by upgrading.

The M305 features an impressive array of ports. There are three USB 2.0 ports and one that supports Toshiba's sleep-and-charge technology for charging USB gadgets while your system is asleep or turned off; HDMI/VGA/Headphone jack/Ethernet connectivity options; an Intel GMA 4500MHD video card provides ample performance for web browsing and YouTube video playback but may be outclassed by competition in this price range.

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