Toshiba takes wraps off netbook
Ubuntu on board
Updated It's official: Toshiba today formally launched its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena, following Dell's lead and equipping the Linux version with Ubuntu 8.04.
The NB100 is an 8.9in model - the display resolution is 1024 x 600 - and powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270. Depending on the version you choose, it'll come with 512MB or 1GB of memory and up to 120GB of hard drive capacity.
There's a 0.3-megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and the usual complement of USB, VGA, audio and Ethernet ports.
Toshiba's NB100: standard SCC spec
Toshiba claimed at battery life of just shy of four hours. It didn't state a battery capacity, but the pics suggest we're looking at a big, six-cell pack.
NB100 comes in three different colours: "Cosmic Black", "Champagne Gold" and "Bright Silver". Don't fancy Linux? Then pick the other OS option, Windows XP.
The NB100 goes on sale next month. We're still awaiting pricing details -
check back here for updates Toshiba's now saying prices will start at £260.
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It's quite simple. These vendors are jumping on the SCC / netbook / laptop bandwagon that ASUS was brave enough to start rolling last year (and my EEE701 has been turned in to a Car Computer with touch screen, GPS, 3G, ODBII and car-cams) BUT most of these late comers are missing the point and deserve to be lambasted.
SMALL and CHEAP .. those are the simple requirements.
ASUS blew the budget when moving up to a more usable screen size. Acer have got it and have a winner with the Aspire One [typing this on one]. Everyone else either has something too small (screen < 9") or too expensive (> £250).
The battery life would be much better on all these SCCs if the battery factory fire had not happened but oh well that's life.
Ideal SCC spec for me ... an Acer Aspire One size and looks ... 1 Gig RAM, 8 - 12 Gig SDD, 9" LED backlit LCD, 6 - 8 hour battery and built-in 3G HSDPA modem. Oh and all for £230 - £250 inc vat please.
Not fussed about appearance. As for price, well it wouldn't require a second mortgage. However they are still to short on battery life. My money stays in my pocket until we get at least 7 hours (bearing in mind this will drop with aging).
no SSD, no proper "SCC"!
sorry, but without an SSD you fail, Toshiba!
otherwise, have to say, nice looking slab of plastic..esp the gold one, how many gold laptops do you see?!
p.s. baby laptop thread: http://www.eupeople.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=487
more stuff and nonsense at: http://www.eupeople.net/forum
Nope. Again. Repeat after me:
Benchmark: £250 for XP on >12GB SSD w/ 1GB RAM, 8.9" screen, Atom CPU & 4hrs battery. Keyboards/touchpads being down to personal preference.
901? - Nearly, but needs to shed £30+
Mini 9? - Needs to shed £50+ and manage 4 hours battery life.
Wind / 4211? - 10" screen, but needs better battery life and to offer SSD option.
AA1? - also needs better battery life and to offer SSD option.
Tosh? - Fails on grounds of price, no SSD, and having a fat arse. Basically, it's a big, expensive AA1/4211.
Come on guys - first to reach the benchmark gets my dosh. But be quick! Before integrated 3G and becomes a requirement.
Why is that on every story about a new SCC there's loads of tossers complaining about it being too dear, or ugly, or the wrong colour etc.
If you don't like this one, or prefer the Acer or MSI, keep it to yourselves, all the people who aren't anally retentive are sick to death of your wingeing...