Look, another netbook!

With HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and others all on-board the netbook bandwagon, it's no surprise at all to see Toshiba announcing its own offering in the shape of the 8.9in.

With HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and others all on-board the netbook bandwagon, it's no surprise at all to see Toshiba announcing its own offering in the shape of the 8.9in., Atom N270-based NB100.

According to Toshiba, we can expect 'build quality of a premium standard', as well as a choice of colours — Cosmic Black, Champagne Gold or Bright Silver. There's a choice of operating systems too: a Toshiba version of Ubuntu or Windows XP Home.

Toshiba NB100: premium build quality, choice of colours

The basic specs are pretty standard fare for the netbook market: 8.9in. LED-backlit screen; 1.6GHz Atom N270 with up to 1GB of RAM; hard drive storage up to 120GB; 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; 0.3-megapixel webcam; 3 USB ports. The battery life claim, which we look forward to testing, is unusually specific: 3 hours 47 minutes.

The webcam looks distinctly low-res, and there's no mention of solid-state storage or integrated 3G/HSDPA connectivity, which business users will certainly be looking for in a netbook. It's also about time the top-tier vendors starting adding options like docking stations for their offerings in this market.

The NB100, which is expected to come in under £300, will ship in October. Look out for a full review.

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