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Toshiba NB100-128 - Toshiba NB100-128

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

6

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Opening the NB100 up reveals a mostly matte black interior, with the small power-button and accenting around the sides and touchpad the only exceptions. To be honest, after the classy and relatively attractive exterior, the interior of Toshiba's netbook looks plain and dull. This is not helped by the thick bezel around the screen with its integrated speaker grille, or the touchpad which thanks to being a slightly different shade of black than the rest makes the whole affair look somewhat cheap and toy-like.

Another negative that becomes immediately obvious when opening the NB100-128 up is that the keyboard has tiny, cramped keys and our favourite bugbear: the right-Shift to the outside of the upward cursor key, just like on the original 7in Eee PC. Somehow, though, Toshiba has managed to make the keyboard even worse, with squishy and occasionally unreliable feedback.

Nor is the touchpad much of a step up. It's quite a bit smaller than the off-black champagne-bordered section suggests and feels just as cramped to use as the keyboard. In a nice touch, Toshiba has made the main left-click button wider than the right one, but goes and spoils it by making both touchpad buttons a little thin and difficult to press.

When it comes to connectivity things are pretty much par for the course. On the left are a single USB port and a lock slot. To the front are 3.5mm microphone and headphone connectors, with the built-in microphone located right next to them. Along the right are a memory card reader and second USB, while the back houses D-SUB and LAN ports.

The highly reflective 8.9in 1,024 x 600 screen is slightly above average. It's bright, crisp and clear, and viewing angles are reasonable. But it does suffer from strong contrast shift, meaning tonal accuracy can be off no matter how ideally you're positioned. However, if you can get past this it provides a pleasant entertainment and work experience.

Audio-wise, things take a few steps back again. Not that the speakers on most other netbooks are anything to write home about, but the Asus Eee PC has shown (or made audible, rather) how it can and should be done. Having said that, they're perfectly adequate for an episode of your favourite TV show and there's always the option of using headphones.

At the heart of it all lives the same 1.60GHz Intel N270 Atom processor as found in most other netbooks currently on the market, which is capable of handling everyday tasks but will struggle with things like decoding 720p video and other CPU-intensive tasks. 1GB of memory should be just about enough to keep Windows XP happy, though you will want to avoid heavy multitasking. So as with every netbook we've reviewed to date, everyday usage is fine but it obviously won't keep up with notebooks when the going gets tougher.

The 120GB hard drive is average for a netbook, since there are plenty of models on the market that offer 160GB, but then again there are ones that only have 60GB. In terms of networking, Toshiba hasn't been overly generous. Ethernet is of the non-Gigabit variety, Wi-Fi is only up to 802.11g and Bluetooth is completely absent. One point that's remarkable is how quiet the NB100-128 stays during use. Most netbooks are fairly silent little things, but the Toshiba is practically inaudible even under load. Despite this, it never gets uncomfortably warm.

gurnaik

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.

Thomas204

February 23, 2009, 9:42 pm

Another one in the rushed out the dorr catergory then.





One day i'll find my perfect netbook!

TechVegan

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.com/...}, but we're reviewing yet more models in the near future. Keep an eye out!

Smindo

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".

volcanodancer

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.

Kin

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/klip... 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.


+Batterylife.


+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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