Performance and Benchmarks
The Toshiba Satellite E305 is available in only one configuration at the time of this writing and, as previously mentioned, is available for sale only at Best Buy. The Intel Core i5-2410M processor has a default clock speed of 2.3GHz but jumps up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost whenever you need more speed from the processor. The latest generation of integrated Intel HD Graphics in the “Sandy Bridge” chipset provides enough video performance to handle all your HD video playback needs as well as some casual gaming.
That said, I personally would have liked to see Toshiba offer two versions of this laptop at Best Buy: one version of the E305 with only Intel integrated graphics and a second configuration with either Nvidia or ATI discrete graphics. I am well aware that the majority of people who buy laptops at Best Buy don’t care about dedicated graphics cards for gaming, but the optional discrete graphics would provide better video editing capability as well as better performance in gaming. Not only that, but it’s potentially difficult to justify the $900 price tag when Best Buy sells other Toshiba laptops with more powerful dedicated graphics for as little as $700.
On a brighter note, Toshiba did a good thing by using the extremely fast Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive that combines a 4GB SSD with a traditional 500GB 7200rpm hard drive. The non-technical translation is this hard drive is noticeably faster than most of the hard drives that come with budget notebooks. This results in relatively fast Windows startup, being able to launch multiple applications at the same time without waiting as long, and quick switching between applications. In a nutshell, the E305 feels very fast compared to laptops with slower hard drives.
Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):