Toshiba'a New NB200 Netbook Looks Very Posh

For those looking for a Netbook with a difference, Toshiba's NB200 could well be the answer to your prayers; the successor to the NB100 not only looks great but offers a few features that sets it apart from the competition.

Firstly, it offers a nine-cell battery option that would allow you to get up to nine hours worth of juice before looking for a power outlet. There's also a great 10.1-inch widescreen backlit LED screen which allows for an almost full size screen with a bigger than average touchpad.

The nifty little netbook, known as the UX in Japan, otherwise has the same array of components within its entrails; an Atom N270 or N280 processor de chez Intel, 1GB RAM and a 160GB hard disk drive with a built-in accelerometer which will park the drive's head(s) should it fall, theoretically preventing data loss.

Other features include optional 3G broadband, 3 USB ports, Bluetooth, VGA webcam and the older Intel 945GSE chipset. The NB200 also has a very practical sleep-and-charge function which allows the user to charge other devices like a mobile phone even if the netbook is turned off.

The NB200 will have a starting weight of 1.1Kg although this will change with other battery options. Expect Toshiba's latest netbook to be available for sale in May ni three classy colours - brown, black and pink and white - for as little as £320.

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Our Comments

The NB200 will be running against the likes of the Mini 10 and a number of other worthy competitors. While the NB200 offers features that differentiates it from the rest of the field, it has yet to really break the mould. All netbooks follow the same format with the notable exception of HP's DV2 and the first Mini 2133 which came with an AMD and a VIA processor respectively.

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