Toshiba NB200-10Z - 10.1in Netbook - Toshiba NB200-10Z

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Moving to the audio visual side of things, the NB200 sports one of the better netbook displays we've seen. It particularly impressed with its deep blacks, vibrant colour production and extremely sharp text. It's still not a patch on a proper monitor - it relies extensively on static dithering to produce the full-range of colours and shades - but for a netbook it does the job nicely.

Quite the opposite can be said of the speakers, or speaker in this instance. It's housed on the bottom and is weak, tinny and almost pointless for anything but basic status chimes and the like. In fairness we're not too bothered by this, headphones are normally best where netbooks are concerned, but if you do like to listen to music out loud sometimes this isn't the netbook for you.

As ever, the final piece in the puzzle is battery life and the recipe for success here is pretty simple: big battery = long battery life. Toshiba has duly obliged by providing a 63 Watt-hour capacity unit. This is large enough that it does stick out the back, but this actually proves quite useful as a handle to carry the machine by and doesn't lift the chassis up as acutely as the likes of the Eee PC 1000HE. At 1.3kg the NB200 is about the right weight, too - any heavier and it would become a bit cumbersome.

Toshiba's quotes nine hours of potential battery life and in the right circumstances we can believe that's possible. In video playback, with wireless radios turned off and brightness set to 50 per cent, we managed nearly eight hours. Turning up the brightness, surfing the Internet or using a 3G dongle will reduce these figures, but even in extreme scenarios you'd be hard pressed to get less than six hours.

Toshiba's excellent power management tool is a big help here, too. Not only does it have a large selection of presets, including those for DVD playback (useful for video in the absence of a DVD drive) and presentations, you can also make your own presets and tweak the CPU speed level and cooling - among many other things.

Like any good netbook the NB200 is faultlessly quiet and remains pretty cool, only getting slightly warm when used intensively. It's also incredibly well put together. Indeed, we'd wager the NB200 is the best made netbook we've reviewed, perhaps only matched by the Samsung range. Combine this with the durable finish and the free-fall protected hard drive and you've got a netbook that should last longer than most.


Though it's bound by common restrictions, Toshiba has managed to add one or two unique features of its own and delivers in the all the right areas. There's no shortage of good netbooks these days, but the NB200 is definitely one of the best.


June 26, 2009, 12:03 pm

great design like this should be used for ION netbooks. wouldn't be surprised if it gets re-released with windows 7 and ION and awesomeness.


June 26, 2009, 12:06 pm

I own of the cheaper 'black' versions...which is exactly the same in terms of specs, just the physical differences with the reviewed one (including no chiclet keyboard). I owned an Asus EEEpc901 before this, and I have to say this netbook is just about perfect, and highly recommended. 3 negative points - the keyboard on the black version has a lot of keyboard flex and whilst the keys are big and wide and easy to 'hit', the flex is very annoying. Secondly, there is no SSD option. Thirdly, comes with XP and currently you cannot install linux on it and make all the functions work (bluetooth, wireless, f(x) buttons,.. )..(I've tried unsuccessfully with ubuntu NB remix)...but it could be just a matter of time before it becomes compatible I guess.

Oh and I guess lastly, it's a pity that there is so much screen bezel real estate there..they could have fitted a bigger screen to this size bezel!

Tony Walker

June 26, 2009, 5:34 pm

These G-force sensors are an integral part of the HDD. Toshiba's site calls them a "Free fall sensor" (they've put the space in freefall); Seagate call it "G-Force protection".

Francesco Mastellone

June 26, 2009, 5:45 pm

What about just "accelerometers"? =p


June 26, 2009, 6:17 pm

The HP 2133 has the same sort of g-force / free-fall sensor to protect the hard drive, and has been out over a year.


June 27, 2009, 3:55 am

@ aeonturnip - just looked at the HP website and 2 reviews of the HP2133 none mention the HDD free-fall protection. Not looked for too long but can't see this feature mentioned anywhere. The HP 2133 has been out for over a year though and TR only gave it 7/10.


June 27, 2009, 4:54 am

Same old...the Asus N10j is nearing 9 months old and is still better specified than any current netbook on the market with HDMI and dedicated graphics!!

Jim 1

June 27, 2009, 3:20 pm

@ "Me"- I own a HP 2133 and can confirm that aeonturnip's comment is true. The HP 2133 does have a free fall sensor called the "HP 3D driveguard", which shuts off the HDD if its dropped.

James Morris

June 28, 2009, 5:14 pm

@Ataripower The Asus N10j also costs 50 per cent more than the Toshiba N200, coming perilously close to "real notebook" territory.


June 29, 2009, 10:45 pm

I think you will find the HDD free-fall protection only works if stick to Windows OS. If it is similar to my Toshiba Portege - it is utterly useless as it freezes a Power Point presentation so I had to disable it. Similarly I do not trust Toshiba on the expected battery life, using every setting to conserve power I only got a quarter of the claimed time it also overheats badly so it has to be switched off after four hours and Toshiba service is really, really bad.


July 9, 2009, 2:15 pm

@Rich Yes the HDD protection feature does have it's shortcomings, but I'd rather have it there than not. Most of the time, we are not doing Power Point presentations, it will be handy. I've only experienced it freezing a PP when I loaded a particularly large file with embedded video, and if I shifted the netbook whilst midstream. As for battery life, not sure why yours is so low? I get close to 7.5 hours on lowest settings (6-cell). And lastly, about the heat - are right, it does get rather hot after a the extent that I smell that hot-plastic smell...:-s...hasn't hurt the performance of the machine yet though, so I'll keep an open mind about it for now.


September 1, 2009, 11:10 pm

Toshiba NB200 netbook is a nice sleek laptop which comes with a ultra-portable star brand. Best part is that the the hard disk of NB200 comes with a accelerometer to detect any impact on it, read more here:

Ross Armstrong

September 27, 2009, 4:38 am

8/10 from me I'm afraid.. It still has no built in 3G Dongle which in my opinion would really make a netbook - and they don't even have to break the bank. My ECS G10iL based Advent 4213 netbook has this built-in already. So if they can do it, why can't any of the big names. Dell has done it BUT it's locked to Vodafone.. the ECS/Advent one isn't.

Sam Johnson

January 29, 2011, 1:33 pm

29/01/2010 I've had this notebook for some time now, and although I really loved it when I first got it, it unfortunately hasn't stood the test of time. THE BUILD IS ABSOLUTE RUBBISH - the screen died within the first two weeks (replaced under warranty, but took over a month), and since then the touchpad has become quite insensitive, the left touchpad button has weakened (needs to be pressed *hard*), and now the right-arrow key has gone. It's not even heavily used - it's been my second, mobile laptop, and I sometimes don't touch it for weeks. Great design, but utterly rubbish quality of build...


January 8, 2014, 2:49 am

it looks very awkward .

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