Feeds
90%
Toshiba NB200

Toshiba NB200

The right way to design a netbook

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

That leaves the NB200's design as one of the key differentiators, and here Toshiba has done a very good job indeed. The NB200 is pleasingly modern, with curves in all the right places and, crucially, a slimline styling - it's 25.4mm thick at the front, rising to 32.3mm at the back; the extra is its rear feet - that immediately sets it apart from so many, more chunky netbooks.

Toshiba NB200

Tweak your system settings to minimise power usage

The low-end NB200-10G comes with a three-cell battery that sits flush with the casing. The NB200-110 we tested comes with a six-cell, 63Wh power pack that extends beyond the back of the laptop. Even so, it doesn't feel like it was chucked on at the last minute, as a fair few six-cell laptop batteries - yes, Acer, we're thinking of you - do. It looks like it's part of the machine, and it doesn't lift the back up way above the reach of the netbook's own feet, as is the case with the Dell Mini 10v, for (an extreme) example

The six-cell battery adds weight, of course: the NB200-110 weighs 1.33kg to the NB200-10G's 1.18kg, but what's 150g among friends, especially given the extra runtime the bigger power pack provides?

And, boy, does it provide runtime. We ran our customary video playback test - loop a standard definition video full-screen, with the screen's brightness up full and Wi-Fi on - and the NB200 ran for six hours 12 minutes. That's the second best time we've recorded - better even than the mighty Asus Eee PC 1000HE.

Turn down some of the processor and other power saving settings Toshiba provides, turn down the display's backlight and turn off the wireless radios, and you should be able to eke out the battery's charge for a good three hours beyond that, if not more.

Video Playback Battery Test Results

Toshiba NB200

Battery life in minutes
Longer bars are better

The base of the machine provides the customary access hatch for the memory - one Dimm slot, filled - and a separate panel the covers the Wi-Fi card and the 2.5in Sata hard drive, though it's held down with a pair of very small gauge torx screws. Upgraders should have no trouble replacing these key components if they wish.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.