Summary: The Toshiba NB100-11R is a well-made and smart-looking example of how to make a powerful mini laptop – 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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Summary: The NB100 is a little overpriced, but it is a solid little unit with Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, which are very convenient while travelling. It could use more RAM and a solid-state drive; a version with Linux installed would be pretty sweet, too.
Pros: 1kg, Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, screen tilts all the way back
Cons: Cramped keyboard is hard to type on, screen is susceptible to reflections, touchpad buttons are uncomfortable, Sleep-and-Charge is not enabled by default
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.