The Toshiba Satellite A305 S6864 is an appealing laptop with modern look. First thing to notice are the high-gloss surfaces from screen cover to the entire keyboard area. The unit has rounded edges and is finished with reflective grey metallic hematite stripes and a beautiful piano-black keyboard. Oddly enough, these stripes and glossy surfaces are more resistant to fingerprints compared to the Toshiba X205 we reviewed in February. Back then we couldn’t honestly recommend the X205 due to its outmoded HD DVD drive; will the A305 suffer a similar fate?
Build quality is excellent, most areas have a solid feel with no sign of squeaking or creaking. As usual there are LED indicators from power, HDD access and battery charging status. Multimedia is taken care of by a pair of harmon-kardon speakers with LED illuminated touch-sensitive multimedia keys above the keyboard. When you touch one of the keys, the LED shuts off and then fades back on slowly; it’s pointless in practical terms, but attractive in action.
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