Conclusion: Let's summarize. The NB-100 is light, handy and also robust and well-manufactured. As to looks, it might not belong to our favorites, but it is known that there's no accounting for taste. The display is as before a thorn in our side, though. How you can build a glossy display into a netbook, which strength is mobility – so that you can practically take it everywhere and use it – remains a mystery to us.
Pros: Quiet even under load, Option of Win XP or Ubuntu, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, UMTS/3G, That Toshiba also offers a Linux version for the NB-100. Even though we don't like that the configuration has to suffer because of this. Why not Ubuntu with Bluetooth and UMTS?
Cons: Glossy display, Unsuitable for outdoor use, Loudspeakers are too quiet, A bit more battery runtime. A protruding battery rouses high expectations in regards to the NB-100's staying power. In this case, the phrase that "size does not matter!" applies.
Summary: The Toshiba NB100-11R is a well-made and smart-looking example of how to make a powerful mini laptop â€“ not powerful in the sense of raw processing power but by covering most users needs, out of the box, with a trim and reliable interface.
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Excerpt: No frills here. This is a square-jawed netbook , eschewing fanciful curves for a rugged design. It’s small, easy to use, packed with software, but can it cut it with the the big, erm, small boys?
Pros: The Toshiba NB100 doesn’t have a fanciful design, hell, it doesn’t even have a fanciful name. But that doesn’t stop this from being an awesome netbook. First things first: this is what netbooks should be – small. It’s smaller than most of its rivals, weighing in at just over a kilogram! he other great boon here is the Ubuntu Netbook Remix OS – it’s amazingly simple. Even Big Brother contestants could get their heads around it. Maybe. The screen, maybe small, but it’s ...
Cons: Okay, that design is bland. And it only has an 80GB hard drive. But that doesn’t mean that this isn’t an amazing performer. And yes, the screen is only 8.9-inches big, but we already explained how super-glossy that is. The only other real downers are the size of the keyboard (understandable given the size of the machine) and the fact that this chiefly runs on Linux rather than Windows XP.
Summary: While we're feeling suffocated by the influx of just-in-time-for Christmas netbooks, only Toshiba is adding anything new to the smaller of the two common form factors, the 8.9incher. This is good: on the size versus convenience battlefield in which netbooks fight, smaller is always better, so long as it's usable.