Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Toshiba NB200: To buy, or not to buy

Amidst the flurry of plasticky-feel netbooks in the market comes the metallic utilitarian in the form os Toshiba NB200. Toshiba has been around in the computing universe since 1950's and it never failed to astonish us with its latest offerings.

Recently, they have released NB200, a linear iteration of an 8.9inch NB100.

Being the second foray into the netbook world, Toshiba NB200 is principally aimed at the educational market, with its shiny metallic looks to entice business segment.

Powered by a range of Intel Atom processors, including the new Atom N280 which boasts a clock speed of 1.66GHz, performance should be pretty good. The 160GB hard drive will provide plenty of room for work, music and movies and a chicklet-styled keyboard which has been generally reigning in today's netbook configuration.

The 10.1-inch LED screen provides bright and vibrant colours, and is also less resource intensive than other screen technologies. Toshiba claim that in field trials they have consistently managed to squeeze nine hours out of the battery which, if true, makes the NB200 a very portable machine.

What is so enthralling about this little darling is the 3D-accelerometer monitoring system that detects freefalls, shocks and vibrations and protects the integrated HDD to secure against the loss of any personal data.

Recently priced at a steep of Php29,999, this netbook has its own following slicing the leads of Asus Eee PC S101 or Sony Vaio P series.

That left me asking, would you give in your buying frenzy at this price point? To buy or not to buy.

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