Toshiba NB520-124 review
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.
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.
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.
|Processor||Intel Atom N2600|
|Processor clock speed||1.6GHz|
|Memory slots free||0|
|Sound||Realtek HD Audio|
|Viewable size||10.1 in|
|Graphics Processor||Intel GMA 3650|
|Total storage capacity||320GB|
|Optical drive type||none|
Ports and Expansion
|Wired network ports||10/100|
|Wireless networking support||802.11n|
|PC Card slots||none|
|Supported memory cards||SDXC|
|Other ports||minijack headset port|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Starter 32-bit|
|Operating system restore option||Restore partition|
|Software included||Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Nero 10|
|Warranty||one year RTB|