Ever since I reviewed the Toshiba Mini NB205-N310 in early June, I’ve been recommending it as my netbook of choice. A few weeks ago my friend, despite her incredible taste in music and handbags, mistakenly ordered the $349 Mini NB205-N210 (which we just posted a full review of) from Amazon.com, rather than the $399 NB205-310.
Unlike the $399 Toshiba’s Mini NB205-N310, the N210 lacks an island style keyboard, Bluetooth and a ribbed lid. The 9 plus hours of battery life and same internal specs – an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM. 160GB hard drive and Windows XP – it’s still got. It comes down to this: is it worth spending $50 for a much improved keyboard? Sure, the better looking design and Bluetooth are nice, but the keyboard is the real differentator between the two models. The NB205-N310’s island style keyboard isn’t only well spaced but the keys have a smooth coating and feel great on the finger tips. The NB205-N210’s matte keyboard is plastic feeling and all panel is completely flush. After looking at both keyboards side by side and taking a typing test on both, my friend decided to return her N210 for the N310. What is your take? Is it worth the extra $50 for the more comfortable keyboard (and the Bluetooth and better looking lid)?