Betters battery life and speed, allegedly.
If you read our Ultimate Netbook Buyer’s Guide you’ll be aware that solid state storage options are pretty limited, in terms of capacity. Unless you fancy a Toshiba netbook, because those systems now come with a 64GB SSD option – at least in Japan.
Notably, the implication is that this SSD is actually a drive, rather than the kind of solid state storage seen in Asus’ Eee PC. Certainly, the NB100HF, as Toshiba calls this SSD-fitted variant of its netbook, is claimed to have better batty life than its 160GB mechanical drive fitted NB100H. Specifically 5 hours versus 3.7 hours in favour of the SSD model, using an extended batter pack.
There’s also a 30g weight advantage to the NB100HF, although it’s unlikely anything but a scale would notice the difference. Annoyingly, while Toshiba bundles XP with the 160GB NB100H, Vista is the pre-installed on the NB100HF. Presumably using a 64GB SSD prohibits Toshiba getting a netbook XP license from Microsoft.
No word on pricing or UK availability as yet.