It's hard for a netbook to impress us, but the Mini NB200 might just be the system to do it. Specs wise it might not be the most spectacular system but the components are fitted into a package worthy of attention.
The 10.1in display's 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution is hardly revolutionary, nor is the standard 4-cell battery's ability to deliver four hours of operation and Windows XP is hardly a surprise, installed as it is on 96 percent of netbooks, apparently. While shock protection is fairly notable, the 160GB hard drive is otherwise unimpressive, too. However, there's more to the NB200 than meets the eye (sorry, no transformations into a robot).
For a start there are actually two chassis available, with the 'premium' NB200 adding an isolation keyboard, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom and an optional 9-cell battery giving a claimed nine hours of operation. Not to mention a sleeker design. From some hand-on time with the two different chassis, Andy reliably informs me that it's definitely worthy of consideration. So there!
Both offer the usual array of Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB ports - one of which can supply power with the system shut down.
The Mini NB200 will be available from May 2009 with prices starting at £319, rising to £359 for the 'premium' system and varying otherwise depending on the exact configuration.
Toshiba informs us that the nine-hour battery life actually comes from a six-cell, not a nine-cell battery.