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Toshiba NB250 Review

Toshiba Corporation, Japanese based multinational corporation has its head quarters in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The company has its business centered in the consumer products, infrastructure, electronic devices and related components. It manufactures and markets different products ranging from computing peripherals to communication devices and industrial equipments to household appliances. The company is now getting popular for the release of the laptops. The NB250 is a line up of entry level netbooks from Toshiba. These netbooks are great to look and are well equipped with a largely sized keyboard. They have impressive battery life and are available in three different configurations.

Specifications

  • Operating system: 32 bit Windows 7 Starter
  • Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 Processor
  • Memory: 1,066 MHz 1 GB DDR3 RAM upgradeable 2 GB
  • Hard drive: 250 GB hard drive of 5400 RPM
  • Graphics: Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 3150
  • Display: 10.1 inches, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, TruBrite technology, LED backlighting
  • Interfaces: DC-in, external monitor, RJ-45, external microphone, built in microphone, stereo headphone, integrated VGA Webcam,3 USB 2.0 ports, multi format card reader
  • Connectivity: WiFi 80.11 b/g/n, Ethernet
  • Battery: lithium ion battery, 4.5 hours of life
  • Dimensions: 263 x 192.3 x 25.4 to 30.75 mm
  • Weight: starts at 1.12 kilograms
  • Price: starts at $300

Design

The netbooks usually have some inherent cuteness in them. The Toshiba’s NB250 is not an exception for sure. It does not possess any distinct design and it has a glossy lid of black color with a rough and mottled texture. This design is quite good to look and also to feel. The NB250 is a light weight netbook for its size. It measures only 1.12 kg with a 3 cell battery pack. The device has a wedge profile that gets tapered towards the back side. The 6 cell battery pack will increase the weight of the netbook to 1.33 kg.

Keyboard and Touchpad


The key selling point of the NB250 is the largely sized keyboard that it employs. The keyboard has a nice feeling with flat keys. The keyboard is also quite easy to type on. The mouse pad is also a joy to use. The Toshiba offered track pads that are not too good in the past and now the company has rectified the issue. The NB250 has a responsive and accurate track pad that supports multi touch gestures such as two finger swiping and pinch to zoom. The consumers preferring to use heavy text input will really have a very pleasant experience with the NB250.

Display

The NB250 sports a 10.1 inch display which the common one found in the netbooks. This display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. t makes use of the TruBrite technology of Toshiba. It also has LED backlighting. The display is highly bright and it has a decently wide viewing angle. It has some screen related issues that are present on the other rival models. The screen is too glossy and hence it is very difficult to use in the bright light conditions. Moreover, its small size does not allow more than a couple of users to watch it simultaneously. There is some problem in viewing as some applications like the browsers will have a lot of toolbars on the top and make it difficult to view the content. This issue would not arise in the notebooks with larger displays. The netbook requires lot of scrolling in order to view the full content.

Performance

The N250 provides selective connectivity features rather than offering ample options. The device does not surprise us with the performance. It scored 1,345 in the PCMark05 benchmark test. This score indicates that its performance is on par with that of the other modern netbooks. The netbook is capable of carrying out the everyday tasks including the Internet, office applications and playback of standard definition movies effectively. The company claims to have a battery life of 7.5 hours but this depends on the usage. The three cell battery offers a life of 5.25 hours with basic usage. The intense usage leads to less battery life. Pros – comfortable keyboard and touch pad, bright display and highly portable. Cons – average battery life and typical netbook performance. Overall, the NB250 is good netbook and a worthy consideration.

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