Following Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and others, Toshiba has unveiled its entry into the netbook/minibook subnotebook PC market. The Satellite NB100’s specification is pretty much standard now: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 8.9 inch screen showing 1024 x 600 pixels, 512MB or 1GB of memory, up to 120GB of hard drive space, 0.3 megapixel webcam and either Windows XP Home or Ubuntu (Linux).
According to Pocket-lint, the NB100 will be on sale next month with prices starting at £260 or, in the US, $469.
Pocket-lint says: “Toshiba is hoping that the device’s ‘high build quality’ and ‘premium features’ set it apart from the majority of the netbook pack.”
I’ve owned several excellent Toshibas so I could certainly be tempted by a good quality keyboard and screen. But plenty of people want full-scale notebooks for around £250-£300 (Satellite notebooks with 15.4 inch screens start at £269 plus VAT), and the price may be a bit too high to compete for the bulk of the netbook market.