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.

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 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.



  • 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


  • 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

Oct 21 2009

Laptop Mobility No Longer Limited By External Devices

The Toshiba Dynadock Wireless U (starting at $300) finally brings portability back to the average laptop again. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have various devices hooked up to your laptop to the point where you feel like you’re using a desktop again –  speakers, cameras, phones, external displays, etc… The Dynadock Wireless U now allows you to still have access to all of these inseparable devices, but still shift around effortlessly with your laptop as you seek that one comfy spot in y0ur sofa.

The Dynadock Wireless U comes with a DVI connector (with VGA adapter), six USB ports, a digital audio port, an Ethernet port, and line-in, headphone, and microphone jacks. However, don’t go thinking that you can finally live the fully wireless life you’ve dreamed about ever since you saw Futurama. Stuff like video streaming working at any great distance and typing while walking doesn’t seem to pan out very much, but you can still get basic computer functions like Web browsing and word processing from as far as twenty feet away. All in all, this isn’t an earthshaking development, but still a quite useful one.

Via WashingtonPost.com

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 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.

Image via OECanada.

Aug 27 2009

ASUS Falls to Second in Netbook Rankings, Sixth in PC Sales

Competition is feverish in the netbook arena, with budget buyers and college kids opting for the cheaper PCs more than ever before. ASUS, whose woes we wrote about just days ago, seems to have taken the hit harder than initially imagined.

Once occupying the top spot for netbook sales, ASUS now holds second place. Acer has taken the lead, MSI is in third, HP in 4th and Lenovo in 5th place. Strong growth from MSI made Dell drop down to sixth. Here’s market researcher Eileen He from Gartner’s explanation:

“Acer is ranked number one because of their marketing campaign and their channel strategies… The result is similar across Asia-Pacific. After advertising and product design changes, Acer has bounced to number one.”

In total PC sales, ASUS is being beaten as well, with HP in first and Dell, Acer, Toshiba and Apple filling up the remaining top positions.

Netbooks as a whole, however, showed a 398.4% year on year leap by Q2 2009.

Via ARNNet.

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 5 2009

Toshiba Plans Cheaper Netbook Offerings


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.

Jun 17 2009

Toshiba NB205 Netbook Has 8 Hours Of Juice

Toshiba NB205

The 10.1-inch Toshiba NB205 netbook seems to be just another clone with a 1.66 GHz Atom N280 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, Windows XP and a 160 GB hard drive. While you might be forgiven if you dismiss it for that reason, you’d still be making a mistake. Why? The NB205 has 8 hours of battery life.

That number is fantastic, considering the fact that netbooks still come out with under 3 hours of juice. Another fantastic feature includes a USB port that can charge auxiliary devices like cell phones and iPods, even if the system is powered off.

Toshiba’s new netbook comes in at $399.99, but you get what you pay for.

Via SoftSailor.

Jun 2 2009

Toshiba Releases Mini NB205 Netbooks

Toshiba has recently released a new netbook – the Mini NB205. There are two models of this netbook that are being released.

One model is the NB205-N210, which has a 10.1″ screen. This netbook comes with Windows XP and is powered by an Intel Atom N280 processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. The N210 is available in black and weighs roughly 2.9 pounds.

The second Toshiba model is the NB204-N310. The technical specs of this netbook are similar to that of the NB205-N210, but it also has Bluetooth. The N310 has a metallic finish and has lids that come in either brown, white, pink, or blue.


Unlike most existing netbooks, the new Toshiba netbooks have full-sized keyboards. They also have batteries that can last for roughly 9.5 hours. These new netbooks also have sleep-and-charge USB ports so that users can charge their mobile devices, such as cell phones, while the netbooks are in sleep mode.

Via Notebooks.

Jun 2 2009

Fujitsu And Toshiba Enter North American Netbook Markets

Tuesday is expected to bring an exciting announcement – Fujitsu will be entering the North American netbook market, which it had earlier avoided in favor of European and Australian markets.

Fujitsu M2010

The new M2010 is a Ruby Red clone of just about every other netbook, with Windows XP, a 160GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and a three-cell battery.

The screen size is 10 inches this time around, rather than the 8.9-inch model previously sold in Europe. Senior product director Paul Moore explained why:

“We didn’t bring it to North America because it was an 8.9-inch screen. At that time the feedback we were getting was 8.9 was too small.”

Even Dell is announcing similar feedback, focusing in on bigger netbooks by shutting down its 9-inch Inspiron Mini netbook line.

And Fujitsu isn’t the only one making this announcement. Toshiba is set to join North American markets with its NB205 netbook, an update to the NB200, announced Monday.

Via CNet.

Apr 29 2009

New Netbooks From Toshiba and Fujitsu

Japanese manufacturers Toshiba and Fujitsu have announced two netbook releases.

The Toshiba netbook is the 10-inch NB200 netbook, an update of the classy Toshiba NB100. It uses an Intel Atom N280 chip.

Fujitsu, to contrast, is entering the game with the Loox M, the first netbook it’s designed itself.

Check out this video at PCWorld for more info on the netbooks, and stay tuned right here for more news on the new releases.

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.

Dec 17 2008

Get Ready For Qualcomm’s Snapdragon

Qualcomm has big stakes in the netbook business. For four years it’s been feverishly working on a $350 million chip to be used in netbooks, which shall be based on the Snapdragon processor.


The prototype will be released next year and is expected to be a departure from the style of Intel’s Atom chip.

Manjit Gill of Qualcomm’s Connected and Consumer Products Group thinks the market is in the mood for more connectivity, not just processing power. “Our vision is that [the device is] always connected. Even when you shut it down, it’s still ‘on’.”

This ‘always on’ business means you can instantly get on a server and check your email as soon as you open up your netbook. This is the kind of thing Intel can’t do right now – Gill believes the “limitations in the [Intel] architecture” separates the Qualcomm chip from the Atom. On an Atom chip, leaving it on all the time would suck up all the battery.

To contrast, the Atom is a more agile device despite its lack of integration.

Qualcomm Snapdragon

But Intel’s not Qualcomm’s biggest competitor, for the moment. ARM, whose processors are featured in most mobile devices today, has the model Qualcomm’s trying to imitate.

It got a license for ARM’s architecture, threw $350 million at it, and now we see the result: the Qualcomm QSD8672 dual-core Snapdragon. It has two CPUs which can manage 1.5GHz performance, download speeds of up to 28 MB/s, 1080p HD video, Wi-Fi, and HSPA+. The chip even has mobile TV and GPS.

Qualcomm will also use technology from ATI to power the graphics core of the chip. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will build the processor at 45 nm. Devices by ASUS, Acer, and Toshiba are already being planned with the Snapdragon in mind. Watch out, Intel!

Dec 13 2008

Netbook Market Shares by Company (Q3 2008)

Here are the netbook market shares by company for the third quarter:

netbook companies

  1. Acer 38.3%.
  2. Asus 30.3%.
  3. HP 5.8%.
  4. MSI 5.7%.
  5. Dell 2.8%.
  6. Lenovo
  7. Toshiba

[via PCWorld]

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