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This review is from: Toshiba NB200-10z 10.1-inch Netbook (Atom N280 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Windows XP Home, Brown) (Electronics)I purchased one of these recently after seeing one in action and this unit is a significant impovement on the NB100 and the Asus/EeePC alternatives including the larger screen and significantly improved battery life.
Working with laptops, I've always been hesitant about netbooks but this machine builds it up perfectly, it's functional, easy to use and relativly straight forward to use. Significant advantages including the Intel Atom processor makes it very quick to browse, and also I believe this is the first netbook to have a built in HDD recovery partition so if you need to recover the system, you don't need a CD Drive.
Thanks to a Windows XP official download (not included) this system also supports .iso mounting and playback, so if you have a PC with a CD Drive you can create an .iso image and use a USB device to run software.
Only real disadvantage is the fact it does not come with a recovery CD in the box, but it does have the tools to create discs on the system. I would definatly advise getting an external CD/DVD drive if your getting a netbook, if anything software-related were to happen to damage the operating system it's the first thing your gonna need.
Overall I would definatly recommend this unit, and with the extended battery life (max of 9 hours - not really tested this yet but I have been installing software for 4 hours and still have 65% battery life) I would go for this model over the slightly cheaper model.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2009 21:24:45 BDT
C. Nation says:
Excellent review. For us silver surfers, please can you explain the .iso thingie?
Posted on 11 Aug 2009 11:54:08 BDT
Yes, this is all very well, but I'm not sure I really see the point. Compared with the previous Toshiba models this new version is too big and too heavy. It's basically a small Laptop. I wouldn't call it a Netbook at all. The previous version was the perfect size and this is a retrograde step.
Posted on 14 Aug 2009 16:54:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2009 15:47:51 GMT
C. Nation says:
Is it a laptop? I think not. The 200 is 17% wider, 11% deeper but 20% slimmer. And it is 26.7% heavier. That's mostly due to the splendid 9hr battery, not a lot less than 3 times the NB100's battery power and leapfrogging Sam's NC10 6hr battery by a significant margin. I'll tote the extra 28 grams more than the NB100 or Sam NC10 [equiv to a 20ml bottle of Tippex] for that battery, any day.
The dimensions of the 12" screen Portege range are up about as much again, percentage-wise, as the NB200 is to the NB100. But the cost is a minimum of +300%!
A real laptop has a 15"+ screen. The 15.4" Satellite series weighs in at 2.5 kgs, 1.2kgs more than the NB200. That's a significant increase.
I think the definition of a netbook may boil down to this: is it of a size which does not require its own carry-case? If it will happily fit into a briefcase or similar, along with all the other bits and pieces briefcases tend to accumulate, it's a netbook. If it needs its own case, irrespective of whether that case can also accommodated some paperwork & stuff, it's a laptop.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2009 01:13:02 GMT
how on earth is it too big? It's tiny compared to a laptop and weighs nothing
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2009 14:56:15 GMT
Dr William Allen says:
I have to agree with Mo to a point. I don't really think there are many real netbooks left. This machine and nearly all others is just a small laptop, coming with a hard disk drive and windows installed. Also at over £300 it is well into the price range of a budget laptop with a faster processor and a 15 inch screen. To me a netbook was as they originally were, ie solid state memory and a light weight OS and much cheaper than a laptop. Just think how long this 'netbook' would run on its battery if that HDD was scrapped and replaced with 32Gb of flash memory with no moving parts. I think the days of this type of machine are numbered, and will be replaced by smartphones in the same way PDAs have been. My Nokia N97 smartphone with 32GB of storage does everything the orginal concept for a netbook did, plus is a camera and phone.
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