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.