Toshiba's NB200 has a nice screen and keyboard, and offers the build quality we would expect from the firm. But in other respects it is very similar to many other netbook models.
Clear and bright screen; good keyboard; feels sturdy.
No 802.11n Wi-Fi; six-cell battery pushes weight to 1.33kg.
The Toshiba NB200 is the company's second generation of netbook, featuring a more stylish design and a larger display than last year's NB100. But, apart from one or two interesting features, there is little to make it stand out from the many other netbooks on the market.
Available now, the NB200 carries a bit more style than many rival netbook models - called 'mini notebooks' by Toshiba - and features an impressive 10.1in TruBrite display with an LED backlight. It also has a decent keyboard and borrows the accelerometer hard disk protection system from Toshiba's larger laptops.
The NB200 is available in a number of configurations, some based on the 1.6GHz N270 version of Intel's Atom processor and some using the 1.66GHz N280. One model also ships with an optional 3G modem for go-anywhere wireless communication.
We looked at the NB200-110 model, which has the N280 processor, 1GB of memory (expandable to 2GB) and a 160GB 2.5in Sata hard drive. Its wireless capabilities include 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This model also comes with a six-cell 63Whr (approximately 5800mAh) lithium-ion battery pack, which Toshiba quotes as delivering up to nine hours, while entry-level versions of the NB200 have a smaller three-cell pack. The six-cell pack projects out from the rear of the case and bumps the weight up to about 1.33kg.
In tests using the Battery Eater Pro 2.70 benchmark tool we found that the NB200 achieved just over six hours rather than the claimed nine, but this is still fairly impressive for such a small system.
We did not run benchmarks to test the NB200's performance, as we have previously found that one netbook produces pretty much the same test score as any other owing to them having nearly identical processor, memory and disk configurations.
Like other netbooks we've used, the NB200 is fine for surfing the web, email and editing documents, but not really suitable for demanding applications.
However, one minor irritation is the number of tools that launch at startup, which prevent you using the system properly until they have all finished loading. These include McAfee Security Centre, a Camera Assistant tool for use with the built-in VGA web camera, and a separate application launcher called ConfigFree.
The 10.1in display has a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels and we found it clear and sharp, and one of the better netbook displays we have experienced. The casing also feels reasonably sturdy.