Jun 17 2010

Toshiba listens to consumers and delivers new line of notebooks

Toshiba is set to release new satellite notebooks this Sunday.  The new T200 line of notebooks will address common consumer complaints about the satellite 115 and satellite 135 notebooks.  The majority of the complaints dealt with physical characteristics of the notebooks rather than performance.  The glossy texture was easily scratched and showed smudges clearly.  The slick keys were also troublesome for some buyers.

Toshiba T215Toshiba T235

The Toshiba T215 and Toshiba T235 will have less gloss, raised keys, and a larger touchpad.  The T215 will come with an 11.6 inch screen and the T235 will feature a 13.3 inch display.

The base price of the Toshiba T215 will be $470.00 and the Toshiba T235’s $550.00.

T215 Specs and Information:

  • AMD Athlon II Neo single or dual core processor
  • Up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Up to 320 GB HB
  • 3.3 lbs
  • 11.6″ screen
  • HDMI Port
  • Built-in Webcam
  • Preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium

T235 Specs and Information:

  • AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion™ II Neo, or Intel Pentium dual-core processor
  • Up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Up to 320 GB HB
  • 3.9 lbs
  • 13.3″ screen
  • HDMI Port
  • Built-in Webcam
  • Preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium

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Jun 15 2010

Netbook Long Battery Life Champions

With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.

Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.

The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.



The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.

The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.



The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.

The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.



Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.

Jun 8 2010

Toshiba to Introduce Android-Based Netbook and 3D Laptop

Toshiba’s got some new and exciting computing devices coming out soon.

The AC100 is a 10.1″ netbook that will run on the Android 2.1 operating system instead of on Windows.  The netbook will be powered by a Tegra processor, and be equipped with 512 MB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD hard drive.  Other features of the Toshiba AC100 netbook include 1080p HD playback, WLAN, Ethernet, an HDMI port, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.  The standard 3-cell battery that comes with the netbook is estimated to last four to five hours.

No release date or pricing schedule have been released yet for this netbook.

The A665 is a 15.6″ (1366×768 resolution) laptop that will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor (one of Intel’s newest processors for laptops).  It’ll be equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB hard drive.  Other features for the Toshiba A665 laptop include a Nvidia GeForce GTS350 graphics card, Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, an HDMI port, a multi-card reader, and a Blu-ray drive  — quite the powerhouse.

The laptop will come with preinstalled 3D content and a pair of 3D glasses will be included in the package.  In terms of audio, the A665 will be equipped with Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio, and a Sleep-and-Music function, which allows users listen to music even if the computer is in sleep mode.

The Toshiba A665 laptop’s release is expected sometime this July.  Pricing is not yet known.

Via TechEye.

Apr 16 2010

Apple Captures More Market Share

According to new research, Apple has seen huge growth over the year, selling 1.4 million Macs and having 8 percent of the market share. For the first three months of 2010, Apple was the fifth-largest computer vendor (HP, Dell, Acer, and Toshiba were ahead of it).

HP and Dell grew 7.1 and 7.2 percent over the span of a year, respectively, which is below the industry standard. HP has 25 percent of the market, Dell has 23.4 percent, Acer has 15.6 percent, and Toshiba has 8.6 percent.

Analysts have said that all the hype concerning the iPad helped Apple’s sales for the quarter.

Apple was not the company to have the most growth—its share grew 34 percent, but both Acer and Toshiba grew 50 percent year over year.

All the reported standings are within the US but the worldwide ones are not that much different, with the exception of Apple, which does not make the top worldwide vendor list.

Via ZDNet, image via Gartner.

Jan 17 2010

Toshiba NB305 Released For $399 With Pine Trail CPU

The Toshiba NB305 has been released with a price of $399. It’s essentially an upgrade to the NB205, coming with the same huge touchpad, metal keyboard, glowing power button and textured matte lid.

Toshiba has made this version a bit more attractive by tucking the battery underneath the chassis, rather than let it jut out the back. It tapers from 1.4 inches to 0.5 from front the back and is overall a slimmer version of the Toshiba build we’ve come to know and love.

Features include a 1.66 GHz Atom N450 CPU, Windows 7 Starter, a gig of RAM expandable to 2 GB and a 250 GB HDD. The NB305 has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution on a 10-inch screen, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, three USB ports, VGA, Ethernet, and an SD card reader.

Toshiba has boosted audio quality and volume  as well. As we noted back in August, the NB205 was a fantastic netbook beset by crappy audio. Supposedly, this has all been amended in the new NB305 netbook.

The Toshiba NB305 has an 8.5-hr battery life and you can get it at Amazon now.

Via MobileMag.

Jan 3 2010

Toshiba and Gateway’s New Pine Trail Netbooks To Be Shown At CES 2010

Toshiba and Gateway are both expected to announce new Pine Trail netbook selections at CES 2010 in a few days. Canadian reseller Future Shop shows the netbooks to have similar spec lists – 1.66 GHz Atom CPUs, a 160 GB HDD for the Gateway and 250 GB for the Toshiba netbook, 10.1-inch screens, a Gig of RAM and Intel GMA 3150 Express graphics.

Both machines will come with Windows 7, but they differ on one critical metric: the Gateway netbook is priced at around $285, while the Toshiba machine will sell for around $438 USD. There may be significant differences in the build quality or extra specs in the machines, so we’ll hopefully be able to explain this price difference by the time the Consumer Electronics Show rolls around.

Via CNet, image via Future Shop.

Nov 30 2009

Netbook and Laptop Compatibility Check for Google Chrome OS

The Google Chrome operating system isn’t pre-installed on netbooks just yet, but if you’re interested, below are some netbooks that have been “officially” tested and that claim to be compatible with the software. On these netbooks, you can assume that everything works, including 802.11 Wi-Fi, Ethernet, the touchpad, and the suspend/resume functions.

*These netbooks ship with both Atheros and Broadcom 802.11 wireless adapters. The Atheros adapter works out-of-the-box with the Chrome operating system, but the Broadcom adapter does not.

Via Google.

Nov 30 2009

Five Sizzlin’ Hot Cyber Monday Deals on Windows 7 Netbooks

If you weren’t able to get in on all the Black Friday netbook action, here are some Cyber Monday Windows 7 netbook deals to check out.

Dell Insprion Mini 10v – Touting the standard 10.1″ screen display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10V netbook is available on Dell.com for $299, a $98 discount from the original price of $398.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 – Also equipped with a 10.1″ screen display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, in addition to a 1.3 megapixel webcam and HD TV tuner, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook will be available at Walmart.com for $398 with free shipping. In comparison, it sells for $499 on Dell’s website.

Toshiba Mini NB205 – This 10.1″ netbook boasts 1 GB of RAM, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, and a battery that can last up to 9 hours. You can grab your very own Toshiba Mini at Amazon.com for $329, which includes a $50 discount from the original price of $379.

Acer Aspire One AOD250Available at Walmart.com for $328 (with free shipping), this netbook’s tech specs are no deviation from the standard. It has a 10.1″ screen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. At least it has a 6 hour battery.

HP Mini 110 – Equipped with a 10.1″ screen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, this Mini is available at Kmart.com for $309.99. That’s only $20 off the original price, but a discount nonetheless.

This year, netbooks are on fire and Windows 7 is hot hot hot, so if you’re interested you’d better get to these sizzling deals before they’re gone. Otherwise, if none of these netbooks tickle your fancy, check out some of our previous Cyber Monday articles for more great deals. Happy (online) shopping!

Via RedmondPie.

Nov 17 2009

3-Year Netbook Failure Rate is 20% Higher Than Laptop Failure Rate

SquareTrade, an independent warranty provider, has done research on the failure rates for 30,000+ netbooks and laptops covered by warranty plans. They’ve found out that roughly a third of laptops will fail within three years and that the failure rate for netbooks is 20% higher than that for laptops.

Further breakdown of the results indicate that 20.4% of laptop failures were due to hardware malfunctions and 10.4% were due to accidential damage. Here’s a graph showing some empirical evidence:

5.8% of netbooks malfunction within the first 12 months of ownership, which is 20% higher than the malfunction rate for entry-level laptops and 40% higher than the malfunction rate for premium laptops. The projected malfunction rate for netbooks over a three year period is 25.1%. Compare this to 20.6% for regular laptops and 18.1% for premium laptops.

ASUS Eee PC and Toshiba netbooks and laptops tend to be more reliable. Fewer than 16% of Eee PC and Toshiba owners reported a hardware malfunction over a period of three years. Acer, Gateway, and HP machines had relatively higher malfunction rates.

Here’s another graph to show the 3-year laptop malfunction rates for different laptop manufacturers:

Via Gizmodo.

Nov 13 2009

Office Depot Black Friday Netbook, Laptop and Desktop Deals

Computing technology is generally on people’s holiday shopping list in some form or other, and even though the economy may not be so great this year, the situation is no different. That’s why we’re giving you a sneak peak of some of the the offers that Office Depot are promoting for Black Friday. Office Depot will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27th, and deals on netbooks, laptops and desktops start as low as $229. Take a look.

Netbooks:

Notebooks:

  • HP: G60-508US with Intel Celeron 900 processor – $299.99
  • Acer: Aspire, 15.6″ widescreen display with AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core L310processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive – $379.99
  • HP:  G71-343US with Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6600 – $449.99
  • Toshiba: 15.6″ widescreen display with AMD Turion II Dual-Core processor M500, 3GB RAM, 320GB hard drive – $469.99
  • Toshiba: 17″ screen display with AMD Turion II M500, 3GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive – $499.99

Desktops:

  • Compaq: CQ4010F with AMD Sempron LE-1300 Processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard drive- $229.99
  • Compaq: Presario AMD LE-1300 with 18.5″ Monitor – $329.99
  • HP: Pavillion Slimline s5220f with Intel Pentium processor E5300, 4GB RAM, 640GB hard drive – $369.99

There’s also a rumor that there will be a two page bonus ad in the Office Depot’s Black Friday ad, so be sure to be on the lookout for that!

Via Huliq.

Image via Blogspot.

Acer Aspire 15.6″ Widescreen Notebook Computer w/AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor L310, 4GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive – $379.99

Nov 8 2009

ASUS 1005HA Netbook Is An Amazon Top-Seller

The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook is listed as the top-selling netbook on Amazon. Furthermore, the top four best-sellers in this category on Amazon consist of some form or other of the ASUS 1005HA netbook.

In first place is the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X-BK (with Windows XP) that sells for $358.99. In second place is the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005HA-PU17-BU (with Windows 7 Starter) that sells for $382.99. In third and fourth place respectively are the blue ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (with Windows XP) and the black ASUS 1005HA (with Windows 7) netbooks. It’s interesting that netbooks with Windows XP still outsell those with Windows 7, but then again Windows 7 was just recently launched.

The first non-ASUS netbook on the list of top-sellers is the Toshiba Mini, at #5 on the list.

Via I4U.

Oct 15 2009

Toshiba Announces New Satellite Touch Notebooks

Ok, what is up with the multitouch laptop? I mean, first off, is it really necessary to have a touchscreen on a laptop if it’s not a tablet? By design, laptop screens tend to flop around (because of the hinge connecting the base and the screen), which doesn’t actually make for the stablest screen for finger-scribing. It’s like geeky laptop bling.

Regardless of the logic of it all, Toshiba is giving us two more additions to the multitouch laptop family, the Satellite U505 Touch and the M505 Touch. Both of them have Toshiba’s touch-ready software, called LifeSpace, which consists of two main applications called the Bulletin boards and ReelTime.

Bulletin Board is a place where you can drag and drop all your photos, videos, links, documents, and applications in a centralized location, which you can manipulate with your fingers. ReelTime gives you a visual history of your previously accessed files, much like Apple‘s Time Machine.

The M505 Touch is a thin, lightweight, 14-inch laptop  covered in a Fusion black finish with features like a 500-GB hard drive and a slot-loading DVD burner, HDMI-out and a multimedia card reader. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor with 4 GB of memory and Intel’s integrated graphics, and starts at $1050.

The U505 Touch is slightly smaller, at a 13.3 inch widescreen with a textured based finish on it’s lid, using the same feature set and core components as the M505 Touch and starts at $950.

Via ZDNet.

Sep 29 2009

Netbook Competing Satellite Notebooks From Toshiba

The Toshiba Satellite T100 laptops aren’t quite netbooks, though they’re doing their best to pretend they are. At 11.6″ and 13.3″, the Toshiba Satellite T115 and T135 come in at netbook-like price points as well – $450 and $600.

The notebooks weigh under 4 pounds and have a cornucopia of ports including HDMI out (both support 1080p video). Toshiba’s Satellite notebooks will run Windows 7 Home Premium and run, as you may have guessed, the Intel Consumer Ultra-Low-Voltage (CULV) processors we’ve heard so much about. These machines will beat out just about any Atom-based netbook for speed.

The T115 runs for a full 9 hours and the T135 for 7.5. Some of these boosts to efficiency can be credited to the CULV chips.

You can expect the T115 and T135 notebooks on October 22nd, the eve of Windows 7’s highly anticipated launch.

Via Gizmodo.

Sep 18 2009

Toshiba Offers 500 GB Drives For Netbook Users

Toshiba just launched a new set of 2.5″, 7200 rpm hard disk drives, and it looks like they’ll be seen in everything from netbooks to desktops. The largest capacity drive is half a terabyte.

A high-volume drive may appeal to some netbook users attempting to use their machines for more than casual use. OEMs have already shown interest in the drives, according to industry sources.

Toshiba’s netbook sales now account for 10% of Toshiba’s PC sales in the US, just three months after bringing its netbooks to the US market.

Via eWeek.

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Sep 10 2009

Netbook/Notebook Manufacturer Toshiba To Enter E-Reader Market

With more news about e-reader devices than ever, you’d think it has become the new netbook.

Yet another netbook and notebook manufacturer – Toshiba – has decided to enter the e-reader market. The company currently has plans to produce and sell its own e-reader device in mid 2010.

Two models are currently being evaluated, a 7-inch model that has already been approved for production and a 9-inch model that is still being considered. Toshiba considers touchscreen capabilities to be unnecessary so the new e-readers would not be touchscreens. No other details have been released about these e-readers.

With the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and ASUS Eee Reader, to name a few, the competition for the e-reader market segment is getting tougher and tougher. We’ll keep you posted on any developments.

Via JKOnTheRun.

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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.

Image via Amazon.

Aug 15 2009

A Laptop To Undermine Netbooks Forever

Bigger but cheaper. Heavier but more capable. Fair trade off? Image: Toshiba.

Netbooks’ main selling points are portability and low price in an economically troubled time. As a tradeoff ,most are too low-powered to manage anything more resource-draining than word processing and web tasks. Wal-Mart is now offering a computer that seems to be the complete antithesis of a netbook, for a comparable price – $348.

The 17-inch Toshiba Satellite L355 notebook is clunkier and uglier than a netbook but has fearsome specs in comparison – a 1440 x 900 pixel LCD display, a 2.2 GHz Intel Celeron CPU, and the 4500M Intel Mobile Graphics Accelerator. It has a massive 250 GB SATA HDD and a full 3 GB of DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4 GBs.

It even has an optical drive, Wi-Fi, Etheret, 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA out, an ExpressCard slot and a 6-cell battery.

The notebook may be the first in a line of laptops cheap enough to harass netbook sales figures. Could machines like the Toshiba Satellite L355 spell the end of netbooks?

Via TheTechHerald.

Aug 9 2009

Hook Your Netbook Up To A Monitor For Easier Browsing

Many netbooks have VGA ports that can be used to hook the device up to an external monitor, but some folks are worried that the quality of display on the external monitor may not be much better than that on the actual netbook.

If you’re one of those folks, the following may surprise you. The majority of netbooks run on an Intel GMA 950 (graphics) chipset, so a resolution of 2048×1536 at 32-bit color is actually possible.

In the picture below, a Toshiba NB205 netbook is hooked up to an external monitor that has a native resolution of 1920×1200. This is clearly a high enough resolution to have several windows and/or tabs open at the same time.

While it might not be ideal to run performance-intensive video games or high-definition movies on the combination of a netbook and external screen, for relatively basic tasks, you shouldn’t run into any problems.

Also, if you don’t want to use your netbook’s relatively small and cramped keyboard and touchpad, you could always connect a wireless mouse and keyboard through one of the netbook’s USB ports

Although your netbook may be quite convenient on-the-go, why not make it easier on your eyes and hands by hooking it up to an external monitor or two and some wireless accessories when you’re planning on being stationary for a while?

Via JKOnTheRun.

Aug 5 2009

Toshiba Plans Cheaper Netbook Offerings

Toshiba

Toshiba, it seems, is not content to be undercut by competitors like Acer and ASUS in the netbook market. Most of its machines are priced on the higher end, but it is now developing some netbooks designed to be under $600.

Norio Sasaki explained in simple words the motivation behind the change in tactics:

“The shift to lower prices is evident so our products must match.”

Details about the upcoming netbooks are scant, but we do know that Toshiba plans to make two of them. Sasaki commented that Toshiba would “like to increase [its] products [in the sub-$599 range] from four to six.”

These cheaper netbooks are expected first in Europe and the US, where price competition is highest.

Via PCWorld.

Jun 23 2009

Get Your Toshiba NB205 Netbook Now!

Toshiba’s newest netbook is finally ready for order!

This decently-priced Toshiba NB205 netbook comes in two offerings – a lower-end and higher-end version. The lower-end model has a price tag of $349 and comes in black. This netbook has a standard keyboard, is made from relatively cheaper materials, and can be purchased here.

To contrast, the higher end model with a price tag of $399 is available in four different colors. This netbook model has a high quality chassis and a chiclet-style keyboard. You can get the netbook here.

Both netbook models have 10.1″ screens, are powered by Intel Atom N280 processors, and have 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. The six cell netbook batteries are rumored to last for roughly eight to nine hours.

Via SlipperyBrick.

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