Toshiba NB200: Quick Impressions


We just got a new Toshiba NB200 netbook last week, and I must say, I’m liking it so far. For today, I’ll just be writing my quick impressions on it while your providing you guys with a handful of snapshots.

Toshiba NB200 - Turned On

Being that this is a netbook, the now more or less standard Intel Atom (N280 1.66GHz) processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, WiFi, Bluetooth, webcam, and Windows XP OS are all there.

Toshiba NB200 (right side) - 2 USB ports, charging portToshiba NB200 (front) - SD card slotToshiba NB200 (left side) -  USB-Sleep-Charge port, LAN, mic-in, audio-out, display port

Complementing that feature set are 3 USB ports (2 on the right, 1 on the left which can also charge USB devices even if the NB200 is turned off), analog D-sub display port, mic-in, audio-out, LAN,, SD card reader(front), and a reasonably-sized 10.1-inch WSVGA TruBrite® Backlit LED 1024×600 resolution display.

Toshiba NB200 - Status indicators

Status indicators for WiFi, power, HDD activity, and the like can all be found on the front. It’s not the greatest of places to put its as its hardly noticeable when using the NB200, but it’s not so much of a deal breaker.

Toshiba NB200 keyboardToshiba NB200 - Caps Lock key turned on

Its keyboard is unquestionably its greatest asset. It’s wide, spacious and provides a great typing environment despite its ultra compact size. The Caps Lock key also comes with a status light to indicate whether its turned on or not.

Toshiba NB200 - Curved Battery

One more thing I like about it is its curved battery design. When placed on a flat surface, it acts as a stand to leverage the NB200 allowing air to pass more efficiently below it for improved ventilation and better ergonomics when typing

Toshiba NB200 - Curved Battery for better handling

It likewise helps provide a better grip for the device when carrying it around, and doesn’t protrude out too much like most 6-cell battery options in the market today (the NB200 comes with a 3-cell battery).

Toshiba NB200 - Turned off

There is a slight glare to its display though, but as you’ve probably noticed in the very first picture, this is hardly an issue when the device is actually turned on.

Toshiba NB200 - closed

It’s currently retailing close to P30K here in the Philippines which is quite expensive for a netbook. We got ours from Thailand for roughly P21K making it a pretty decent buy. I’ll be posting a full review on it in the coming days, but so far, I like the overall build and design of the NB200.


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