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Toshiba NB100-128 review

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Our Score:


It's difficult to think of a single major notebook manufacturer who hasn't also brought out a netbook by now. Unfortunately, in their haste to get on the mini-mobile-PC bandwagon, many of them have sacrificed considerations like ergonomics. Initially, it would appear Toshiba's NB100 netbook is yet another casualty of this trend, but let's find out how it actually holds up in this and other regards.

Toshiba offers several different versions of its netbook, being available with a choice of Ubuntu or Windows XP Home, 512MB or 1024MB of memory and hard drive sizes of 80 or 160GB. Of course, core components like an Intel N270 Atom processor running at 1.60GHz and Intel integrated GMA 950 graphics remain constants. There's also a selection of colours available, though unfortunately these are tied to specific configurations.

Our particular model is the NB100-128, a Windows XP version which features a Champagne Gold finish and is configured with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive.

In terms of extras there's not much here; you don't get a carrying sleeve as with the Samsung NC10 or MSI Wind. What you do get is a helpful illustrated Quickstart guide, an extensive user manual and a Toshiba Recovery DVD including Windows XP Home Edition. Though the usefulness of this latter item with a machine that has no optical drive is arguable, it's better to have it than not, especially considering external USB-powered DVD-Rewriters are only £50 these days.

At 1048grams (rather than the 999grams Toshiba advertises), the NB100 still resides at the lighter end of the netbook scale. In terms of looks, it's not quite as generic as most netbooks. It has a chunky two-tone design that's reminiscent of Fujitsu-Siemens' Amilo Mini and thankfully it's just as solid, with excellent build-quality throughout. Uniquely, the base extends further than the lid and protrudes 1.5cm past its hinges. Its four-cell battery extends even further and can be used to carry or hold the netbook.

On the outside, the lid and a section of trim around the base are finished in the aforementioned Champagne Gold, which does look very attractive. It's high-gloss but does an excellent job of disguising fingerprints. This is nicely offset by the matte black used for the rest of the machine and it's good to see that Toshiba hasn't given in to the temptation of making the palm-rests and other high-maintenance areas glossy.


February 23, 2009, 8:02 pm

How long does XP take to boot on this (or any other netbook)? If you are running XP, presumably you'd need the usual antivirus stuff.


February 23, 2009, 9:42 pm

Another one in the rushed out the dorr catergory then.

One day i'll find my perfect netbook!


February 25, 2009, 4:01 pm

@gurnaik: It takes about 33 seconds to boot into XP on LG's LX110 netbook - oops, have I just given away an upcoming review?

@Thomas: Yes, unfortunately. Nothing yet has beaten the NC10 {http://www.trustedreviews.c...}, but we're reviewing yet more models in the near future. Keep an eye out!


May 17, 2009, 9:45 pm

I've had this netbook for 2 weeks now. Bought it for 220 in London. I was reading everywhere about this netbook.

One thing nobody mentioned is that this netbook is much smaller than others. This is very positive.

That was reason for me to buy it. Battery 3.5 what is ok. Screen picture is very clear and nice.

Light.I am not saying that this netbook is brilliant but I am sure whoever will buy it will be a happy man.:-)

George Farquharson

August 26, 2009, 2:18 pm

I have just bought this exact model for £209. The keyboard is admittedly tacky but the NB100-128 is, nevertheless, outstanding value. As Smindo says above, I am a "happy man".


May 18, 2010, 2:40 pm

I'm very happy with the NB100. I bought it because even though it's screen size is 8.9" it fills a similar form factor to my old EEEPC700 hence it fits in my old cases, even with the added battery bulge.

It runs Ubuntu Lucid dual booting with XP with no problems and compatibility is great.

As a musician I take it on all gigs and tours with me and it's done a fair few miles in it's time and never leaves my side. It's tough, reliable, fairly swift, and battery life is great - and if you get the 6 cell battery rated at about 8000mAH it runs for a stonking 9 hours in low power mode or about 6 hours in normal mode.

Yeah, it might be a bit ugly, but if toughness comes at a price of looks I'll go with the former thanks.


July 8, 2010, 3:00 pm

I have had this for about half a year.

Here is my experiences with it.

-The keyboard needs more tactile pressure to register key-press sometimes. So I can write, and I have to press the key again.

-The keyboard has light gray writing on the keys. and in the dark all keys are gray... It is hard to see the letters. Writing Touch is difficult for me, since I don't have very small hands.

-It is too slow to play (most) Flash-videos. So I have to download the videos and play it with K-player, which works a little better. Other pages that do Windows Media streaming or Moonlight plays high quality video in fullscreen without problems. (This one is played perfectly: http://www.nrk.no/nett-tv/k... But lots of Youtube videos cannot be played without glitches. So I download the videos from Youtube and use a K-player which is more lightweight than the Adobe Flash player.

Except from that it is a great notebook!

+Size is very small and nice.


+Well built, sturdy.

+Built in slot for Sim-card! 3G is great. It is much faster to use internal 3G sim-card straight into the notebook, than to do tethering via a mobile phone.

+Overall I am very happy about this notebook. Except for the colors on the letters on the keyboard and that it cannot play Youtube videos without lots of glitches in Windows XP, this is a great notebook.

I will try Ubuntu later. Maybe it can do Flash-video much better. Or I will try to ensure that the flash-player uses hardware acceleration. I don`t know if it already has it. It is Flash version 10.1 I guess.

How is Youtube videos on this Notebook with Ubuntu 10.04? Anyone?

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