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Toshiba netbooks unveiled

Tosiba netbooks boost better battery life

Toshiba has today announced two new 10.1-inch netbooks, which it claims will give users 11 hours of unplugged power.

That’s thanks to the inclusion of an integrated six-cell battery which gives the Toshiba Mini NB300 and Toshiba NB305 better battery life than its predecessors.

Some netbook users have been left disappointed by the too-short battery life on their netbook computers after unwittingly buying a netbook with a three-cell battery. Some manufacturers produce two versions and consumers are advised to check the specifications carefully to make sure that they get the battery they want.

Netbook battery life

Users of the Samsung NC10 wrote to Which? to complain that they had unknowingly bought a three-cell NC10 and were disappointed by the battery life.

Make sure that you get a netbook that gives you the battery life you need by reading our netbook reviews.

Watch our video on the new Toshiba NB305 and NB300 netbooks at the CES 2010 show in Las Vegas


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The Toshiba NB200 – the predecessor to the NB300 and Toshiba NB305 – gained Best Buy status in our recent tests and is currently on sale at Tesco Direct for £279.

The Toshiba Mini NB300 and the Toshiba MB305 are both available with either Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP Home operating systems.

Efficiency boost

A Toshiba spokesman said: ‘The lengthy battery life is perfect for workers who require a portable computer without being tied to a power point, providing a full day’s work on a single charge. The battery pack is neatly hidden under the casing of the netbook to preserve the sleek, ergonomic design of both models.’

The company also claims that the netbooks have a more advanced architecture using Intel’s Pine Trail, the 1.66GHz Intel® Atom N450 processor which helps to boost the Toshiba NB300/NB305’s efficiency. Toshiba says that by integrating the system’s graphics card and memory with the processor, the netbook can run maintain high performance while consuming less energy.

The Toshiba NB300 and Toshiba NB305 netbooks are available from the end of this month and weigh 1.33kg.

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