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Toshiba announces its first Netbook

Toshiba joins the growing netbook market.

Toshiba NB100

Toshiba has announced the launch of the NB100 Netbook, which will become available in the UK in October 2008.

It has 120GB of hard drive, 1GB of RAM and features Intel’s smallest processor – the 1.6GHz Atom. The screen measures 8.9 inches, and it weighs less than a kilo. Internet users can either use the built in WiFi (see the Which? review of wireless routers), or ethernet port. It has a built in webcam, and provides three USB sockets.

The Netbook market has grown rapidly since their resurgence in February 2008. By 2011, there are expected to be over 50 million models in circulation as the desire for compact and affordable computing increases.

Netbooks are smaller versions of the more common laptops and are designed to be used primarily for basic purposes, such as word processing and surfing the internet.

This year has seen a wave of netbooks launched by the likes of Dell, Samsung, Acer, LG, Medion and Maplin, and as the popularity continues to grow, we can expect to see the netbook market do the same.

“It’s no surprise that Toshiba has joined the other big manufacturers in producing a mini-notebook,” say Andy Woodward of Which? Computing “The portability and low cost of these machines makes them really appealing, and more models for consumers to choose from is always good news.”

Toshiba believes that the NB100’s “high build quality” and “range of premium features” will make this £260 model a popular choice.

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