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Toshiba NB100 review

Alan Lu
13 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
285
inc VAT

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Specifications

8.9 in 1,024x600 display, 1.1kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 120GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Toshiba's NB100 looks distinctive thanks to its black and gold design.

It feels sturdy, too. The VGA and Ethernet ports are located on the back to either side of the large battery. This leaves the three USB ports and the integrated memory card reader surrounded by a lot of unused space. It's a shame this hasn't been used to accommodate more USB ports or an ExpressCard slot.

The NB100 is slightly smaller than many of the other netbooks here since it has an 8.9in screen. The display has a glossy finish so colours look bright and rich; however, they also look slightly grainy compared to the those of other displays here. Unlike Dell's Mini 9, the screen folds back far enough so it is parallel to the keyboard. This makes it easier to get the best viewing angles when it's on your lap.

Unfortunately, the NB100's compact size means that its keyboard has small, tightly spaced keys, which makes touch-typing difficult unless you have very small fingers. The touch pad and its buttons are also small, but the pad is at least accurate. The battery sticks out from the back of the NB100, but it did last nearly four hours in our battery test. Although not the longest here, this is above average.

As expected, the NB100's Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM played back iPlayer and standard-definition DivX video smoothly. Unsurprisingly, the integrated Intel graphics chip isn't capable of playing the latest 3D games. Although the 120GB hard disk isn't the largest here, it should be plenty for storing office documents and a selection of videos, photos and music. Windows XP is pre-installed.

We were impressed with the NB100's battery life, but Samsung's similarly priced NC10 lasted far longer and also has a larger and more comfortable keyboard. If you want a compact second computer for use around the house, Acer's similarly specified Aspire One is £25 cheaper. Unless Toshiba reduces its price, there's little reason to choose the NB100.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory1.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory1GB
Size40x225x189
Weight1.1kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle13W
Power consumption active30W

Display

Viewable size8.9 in
Native resolution1,024x600
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity120GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slotsnone
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore disc
Software includedToshiba DVD Player 1.40.23, Toshiba Disc Creator 2.0.1.3
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£285
Detailshttp://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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