Aug 22 2009

The Toshiba NB205 Netbook Rocks, But Buy Headphones

Toshiba NB205 Netbook

The Toshiba Mini NB205 has been touted by many as a fantastic netbook, and in many respects its supporters are right. The netbooks sell for under $500, have lucid 10-inch screens, and include features like a sleep-and-charge port that charges the battery whenever your computer goes into sleep mode.

Ports include three USBs, ethernet, and a headphone jack – and thank the Lord for that headphone jack. According to tech writer Al Gibes from ReviewJournal, the speakers on this little guy aren’t worth your time:

The Mini’s weakest feature is its speaker, which is tiny and sits on the bottom of the device, about an inch from the bottom edge. Even with the volume at full blast, I had to strain to hear music or audio from every Web site I visited. Using headphones or earbuds solved the problem, but that’s not always an option, especially when sharing a video with people gathered around the screen.

So before you plunk down $399.99 for your new Toshiba Mini NB205 netbook, be sure you’ve got room in your budget for some headphones if audio on your netbook is important at all.

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May 14 2009

Toshiba Releases MiniB Netbook

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Toshiba miniB netbook

Bearing only the above image, reports are surfacing that Toshiba Korea released its new ‘miniB’ netbook, featuring a “two-tone design of metallic silver and brilliant brown.” I’m not quite sure how you get brown to be brilliant, but it sounds classy anyway.

The features are cited to be standard, with a 1.66 GHz Atom N280 CPU, 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM and a 160 GB hard drive. The machine supports “TruBrite CSV technology, Bluetooth connectivity, Sleep & Charge function and more.” It looks to be a capable netbook, but it waits to be seen whether it’s competitive.

For more related news, be sure to check out our section on Toshiba netbooks.

Via AvingUSA.

Apr 22 2009

Toshiba Announces Much-Awaited NB200 Netbook

Soon after the release of its NB100 netbook, Toshiba suddenly seemed disinterested in the netbook market. Even during CES 2009, when everyone and their grandmother was releasing a new netbook, Toshiba came out with a few flashy alternatives but nothing in the same category.

The long drought is over, however, and the Japanese electronics manufacturer has announced the sequel with a new stylish device: the Toshiba NB200 netbook.

Toshiba NB200

It comes with a massive keyboard, supposedly huge touchpad, and a 10.1-inch screen. With additional features like a nine-hour battery life, webcam, 3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, it’s becoming quite clear that Toshiba is hitting the market again with more power than ever before.

The NB200 is planned for both the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 or its 1.66 GHz update, the Atom N280. Prices are set at £319 ($463) and comes in brown, black, and white with a pink version planned for a few months after its May release.

Stay tuned for more on the new Toshiba netbook.

Via VNUNet.

Mar 10 2009

Toshiba To Enter US Netbook Market Later This Year

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Toshiba has been disinterested in America’s netbook market, though it offered a few nice alternatives back at CES. That has all changed, however, according to a Toshiba representative at Tuesday’s XChange Solution Provider ’09 conference.

Toshiba Logo

Toshiba is looking to enter the netbook market with an Intel Atom machine. While it currently sells the NB100 netbook in Latin America and Europe, America hasn’t gotten a taste of its machines.

This spring will bring Toshiba’s new netbook, whose specifications are as yet unannounced. The manufacturer is looking to enter around the middle of the market’s range:

“You know us: We won’t be the least expensive out there and we won’t be the most expensive.”

Patrick Mani of Toshiba sees big profits in the “very special niche” offered by netbooks, leading to the company’s decision to bring its netbooks to America. We’re excited to see what that brings beyond the NB100, and as soon as more info is released we’ll be on it.

Via CRN.

Jan 12 2009

CES: Dazzling Netbook Alternatives By Toshiba

We reported earlier that, assuming CES was an indication, Toshiba doesn’t want anything to do with netbooks right now. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still in that world, and that’s where these awesome-looking prototypes come in. They’re shiny and stylish, which is a big plus, and seem like they could be used as interesting alternatives (or companions?) to iPhone- or Netbook-style devices. Check them out:

Toshiba Internet Viewer

The first is the Toshiba Internet Viewer display, a 10-inch screen that can be detached from an accompanying keyboard for whatever reason you’d like.

Toshiba Internet Viewer

These are some iPhone-style prototypes, ranging in their similarity to the Apple device. The one in the middle looks like it has two screens, which must surely mean it has some kind of touchscreen capability, and resembles a Nintendo DS.

Though a new Toshiba netbook would have been nice, we’re pleasantly surprised to see these devices lining the Toshiba CES booth windows. They’re only prototypes for now, but as soon as we get word of an application for them we’ll let you know.

Via CNet.

Jan 7 2009

CES: No Netbook Love From Toshiba

A few reporters back from the first day of CES 2009 are finding a conspicuous lack of something we were all kind of looking forward to – a new Toshiba netbook.

Toshiba’s early entrant to the netbook market, the Toshiba NB100, was a sleek machine with some great specs and a competitive price. However, there hasn’t been a followup thus far, leading us to wonder if Toshiba didn’t like the reception its netbook received back in November.

Toshiba NB100

The USB press kit supplied by Toshiba contained only “TVs, TV/DVD combos, and stand alone players.” For now, we’ll wait, but the situation may change as CES goes on. Who knows – maybe Toshiba wants to make some noise later in the game.

Another entrant with no netbook was LG.

As always, we’ll keep you up to date as CES 2009 continues.

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