Toshiba NB520-124 review

A great media-playing netbook, despite its low screen resolution

25 Jul 2012
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10.1 in 1,024x600 display, , 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600, 1.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit

The netbook looks more stylish than most, too, having a matt black and gold theme that makes it look less cute and more sophisticated than many of its rivals. The wrist rest is particularly comfortable and we're fans of the keyboard, which has broad, flat keys that provide accurate feedback for touch typists. The centrally located trackpad is a bit broader than those of most netbooks, too, but it doesn't get in the way while typing.

Toshiba NB520-124

The NB520 has three USB ports, 3.5mm stereo MIC and headphone ports, Gigabit Ethernet and, unusually, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, which means you can connect to both 2.4GHz networks and those which use the less congested 5GHz band. The battery also impressed us, lasting over nine hours in our tests.

Toshiba NB520-124

On paper, the NB520 is the same as other new N2600-based netbooks, its excellent build quality, dual-band Wi-Fi and atypically good speakers mean that it's in a different league to most of its rivals. Fortunately, it isn’t significantly more expensive, being £305. Alternatively, you can buy the Budget Buy-winning Toshiba NB510-11E, which is an equally powerful laptop, although it does lack some of the bells and whistles.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N2600
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 17x262x190mm
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024x600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3650
Graphics/video ports HDMI
Graphics Memory 218MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDXC
Other ports minijack headset port


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
Operating system restore option Restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Nero 10
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £305

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