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Toshiba NB100-128 - Toshiba NB100-128

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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On the software side, the NB100-128 doesn't leave you wanting for much. For office use there is a trial version of Microsoft Office 2007, or if you don't fancy paying for a license a perfectly competent version of MS Works 9.0; other bits worth mention are a trial version of McAfee Anti-Virus, Picasa 2 picture editor and Toshiba DVD Player - again an interesting addition considering the lack of optical drive!

Toshiba could have scored a major win in terms of battery life if it had included a six-cell battery. However, it's not fair to criticise the company too much, since the four-cell model provided is slightly better than the usual 3-cell affair found on the likes of the Acer Aspire One. And the NB100-128 makes the most of it too, clocking in at three hours and 20 minutes of video playback with screen brightness at 50 per cent and wireless turned on.

Not only does this beat other 8.9in netbooks like Fujitsu-Siemens' Amilo Mini and Dell's Inspiron Mini 9, but just like the former it has a Silent Mode, activated by pressing a keyboard shortcut. This lowers the CPU clock and voltage to make for an even quieter machine (as if that was needed) and more importantly also increases battery life. With this enabled, wireless off and screen brightness at a usable 20 per cent, the NB100-128 managed just less than five hours of use.

Finally, we come to value and market positioning, and this is where the NB100-128 really falls down. Though there's a £30 cash back offer on the NB100-128 from Toshiba at the moment, this expires at the end of the month. Without this, the average price for this netbook online is £280. Like with the 8.9in Amilo Mini its keyboard is the main caveat - but at least in addition to being a good £20 cheaper on average, the better-looking Amilo has an ExpressCard slot and Bluetooth in addition to interchangeable covers (if that's your thing), all of which more than makes up for the smaller hard drive and slightly less impressive battery.

In terms of features, however, the biggest competition at the 8.9in screen size is from Acer's Aspire One. It might lose out in battery life, but has a much nicer keyboard. It's also about £20 cheaper for a configuration which offers a bigger 160GB hard drive.

Toshiba's £280 retail price is also getting awfully close to the £308 required to get you a Samsung NC10, which despite being slightly larger and heavier beats both netbooks in almost every way, scoring our coveted Editor's Choice Award and Best Netbook of 2008.


Toshiba's NB100-128 is a small, light and fairly rugged netbook which runs very quietly. But despite getting more out its four-cell battery than most, it can't keep up with six-cell netbooks in the battery life stakes, looks dull once opened up and its awful keyboard combined with a below-par touchpad means using it might be more pain than pleasure. A higher price than the competition doesn't do it any favours either.


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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