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£230 Toshiba NB250-107 Netbook, Cheap But Not Nasty

Toshiba’s NB250-107 is a ‘netbook’, doing away with features such as a DVD drive to make it smaller, lighter and more portable than a traditional laptop.

This also means it comes with a far lower price tag of £230, but still packs more than enough resources for an everyday usage.

Like most other netbooks, it’s based on an Intel Atom N450 mobile processor clocked at 1.66GHz and 1GB RAM.

The netbook’s 10.1-inch TFT display has a standard resolution of 1024x600 pixels, and uses Toshiba's TruBrite technology to improve contrast, producing a crisp, bright image while preserving battery life (which is rated at 4.5 hours).

The Toshiba also packs 802.11n Wi-Fi for speedy wireless connectivity, as well as an Ethernet port, VGA webcam, 5-in-1 memory card reader and VGA output so you can hook up an external display.

Sporting a glossy black finish and charcoal textured palm rest, the Toshiba is definitely a netbook to be seen with - and at 1.12Kg, the Toshiba is easily light enough to be carried around in a handbag.

But in spite of that light weight, the Toshiba boasts a few seriously heavyweight specs such as its hard disk. At 250GB, this is more than 50 per cent bigger than the 160GB models found in most rivals. It also boasts a full-size keyboard to make touch-typing easier, as well as three USB ports and the Windows 7 Starter operating system.

What it lacks in brute power, the Toshiba NB250-107 more than makes up for in style, portability and convenience - easily earning its place on our laptop hotlist especially as it costs £70 cheaper than at John Lewis.