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Toshiba Mini NB200 10.1in Netbook Announced


Updated: Toshiba Mini NB200 10.1in Netbook Announced

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.



Tony Walker

April 23, 2009, 6:02 pm

That premium one looks like a nice baby.

Fingers crossed that it is one of the Toshiba's that gets a proper UK keyboard.


April 23, 2009, 6:15 pm

Looks nice... I'd be more happy to buy one if the price was around the &#163249. I'm sure they would still make decent money on it.


April 23, 2009, 7:01 pm

Premium looks fantastic. Any news on a 3G option?

Andy Vandervell

April 23, 2009, 7:05 pm

There will be 3G version, but no word on yet.

Would add, too, that your impressions of the 'premium' version are spot-on. It's very nice and I'm eagerly looking forward to reviewing it. We're told mid-May for that.

Francesco Mastellone

April 23, 2009, 9:25 pm

Windows is not installed on 96% of netbooks. Can I link to an external website? http://www.linuxdevices.com... That being said, this does look like a mighty nice netbook, especially design-wise. I'd buy it as soon as it was avaible, were I not holding out on ARM netbooks.


April 23, 2009, 9:42 pm

I really like the look of the premium version, but I can't justify replacing my MSI Wind with something that has identical technical specifications. If Toshiba added a better chipset and a high-res screen, it would be harder to resist.


April 24, 2009, 2:18 pm

The whole netbook genre is becoming a joke. The original principle of something cheap and portable for surfing the Internet and doing a bit of work seems to have evaporated. Prices have rocketed past the &#163300 mark and seem to be heading rapidly towards &#163400. It wouldn't be so bad if we were getting something extra for the money. But they're all the same old feeble tedious spec.

It seems to be the least innovative sector of the whole market which is amazing considering a short time ago it was the most.


April 27, 2009, 8:22 am

I don't think they appreciate who exactly is buying these netbooks, it seems to me they're just trying to make them more stylish and attractive to lure the less aware consumers into picking their netbook over another. My opinion is that a large portion of netbook buyers are a pretty savvy bunch who are using these machines as 2nd, 3rd and even 4th computers. Giving their last model a makeover and slapping &#16350 on the price tag is just plain insulting!

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