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The Toshiba Mini NB305-N600 ($380 as of April 5, 2011) comes from the higher end of Toshiba's two-part netbook family. Nothing if not eager to meet your netbook needs, Toshiba offers its two basic models--the Mini NB300 and NB500 series--in a total of 11 configurations, and figuring out how they differ requires going through spec sheets with a magnifying glass. Of course, specs don't tell the whole story, anyway--and overall, the story isn't that compelling. For example, despite having a higher-end Intel Atom processor (the dual-core N550 with 512KB of Level 2 cache per core) than its less-expensive sibling, the Mini NB505-N508GN, which has a single-core N450 Atom CPU, the NB305-N600 scored about the same on WorldBench 6--32 to the NB505-N508G's 33. These are pretty poor scores, even for netbooks; you wouldn't want to use these portables for running databases or video editing, and even more routine applications such as browsing or composing e-mail can be sluggish if you're multitasking. Note that other CPU and memory differences likely contributed to the disappointing performance. The NB305-N600's Atom N550 has a slightly slower clock speed (1.5GHz) than the NB505-N508GN's N450 (1.66GHz).
Toshiba made a terrific netbook in the Toshiba mini NB305-N410 ($379.99 list, 4.5 stars), as it dominated this genre with great battery life and a fantastic user experience. The Atom, like most netbooks, was its go-to processor. Since then, tablets have made their mark as viable secondary web browsing and emailing devices, while AMD's Fusion technology is looking like a triple-threat against the Atom, with its faster speeds, good graphics horsepower, and terrific battery life. So where does that leave the Toshiba mini NB305-N600 ($380 direct), the long overdue update to the Toshiba NB305-N410? Well, it now runs a dual-core Atom processor, an aluminum top, and comes with the same full-size keyboard. Thing is, the HP Pavilion dm1z ($449 direct, 4.5 stars) is a better overall netbook, and it won't cost you that much more. One can argue that a 10-inch netbook handles great on the road and leaves more room in a small bag. Indeed, at 2.8 pounds, the NB305-N600 is smaller and lighter than the HP dm1z (3.5 lbs) and the Lenovo Thinkpad X120e ($580 direct, 4 stars) (3.2 lbs). It's comparable in size to the Samsung NF310-A01 (2.9 lbs) and HP mini 5103 ($650 street, 4 stars) (3 lbs), which have 10-inchs screens as well.