Toshiba NB550D Comes in Weird Colors, Looks Awesome
20 May 2011
Excerpt: The problem with most netbooks is that their lack of power makes it a challenge to use them for anything more processor demanding than a bit of light browsing. Toshiba’s NB550B stands out from the netbook crowd with a dual core 1GHz AMD C50 (Ontario) processor, Radeon HD 6250M graphics chipset, Harman Kardon speakers. The battery is good for 9.5 hours of run time and there is HDMI out, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 1GB RAM [...
Toshiba NB550D review – a proof AMD netbooks rock!
5 April 2011
Conclusion: For years I’ve been waiting for the moment AMD will bring a competitive hardware platform on netbooks. And despite the long expectations, they finally did it. The AMD powered Toshiba NB550D manages to gather several important qualities under the same hood: well built and good looking body, good overall performances, good battery life and a decent price tag.
Conclusion: The Toshiba NB550D netbook is an interesting machine, and an exciting alternative to many of the recent Intel Atom N550 systems, not least because of its hardware in the form of the new AMD C-50 APU including the AMD Radeon HD 6250. Its office performance is limited because of the 1 GB of RAM and a lot of bloatware in its initial state, but its smooth HD playback shows the potential of the netbook’s hardware.
Pros: Workmanship and colours, Easy to upgrade, Acceptable range of ports, Good touchpad, Smooth HD playback, Efficient cooling system, Harman Kardon loudspeakers, Impressive battery life, The rubberized surfaces, the long battery life and the comfortable touchpad.
Cons: Keyboard layout and lettering, Glossy display with standard resolution, Poor contrast and depth of black, Too much pre-installed bloatware, Mediocre office performance (1 GB RAM), Few accessories
Excerpt: The Toshiba NB550D comes with a 10.1-inch glossy display, but instead of running an Intel Atom CPU, like a typical netbook, the NB550D is based on the AMD C-50 CPU (1GHz) with ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics. It also comes with a 250GB HDD & 1GB of RAM (it supports up to 4GB, but you'll have up upgrade to a 64-bit OS). On the left side from back to front, you'll find the power jack, Ethernet port, VGA, USB, and microphone and headphone jacks.
Summary: The Toshiba NB550D feels sturdy, looks good, it's light and it has good speed for a netbook. The HDMI port should make it appeal to users who want something small that they can plug into their TVs to watch streaming video or downloads. Note that we did see choppy video on our high defintion television. We also wish it had better battery life, as its performance in our battery test doesn't stack up well against recent competitors.
Summary: There’s just one important thing to know about Toshiba’s NB550D. Forget the lightweight, slimline build and 10 hour battery life. They’re good, but find us a netbook that you can’t say that about these days and we’d be impressed. What makes the NB550D interesting is that it’s the first netbook to use AMD’s new Fusion processor. Every other netbook of note since Asus’ first Eee PC has been built around the same, almost unchanging, Intel Atom chip.
Summary: The Toshiba NB550D isn't exactly beautiful, but its dual-core AMD processor delivers great performance for a netbook. Add in beefy speakers from Harman Kardon and a good keyboard, and you've got a well-rounded netbook.
Pros: Beefy audio from the small speakers, Great performance by netbook standards, Good battery life, Comfortable keyboard