Guess who just popped in for tea? Toshiba! And they're touting their new NB100 netbook. It's the usual fare we've come to expect in netbookland: an 8.9" screen, 1.6GHz Atom processor, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive and a 0.3MP webcam. Ports-wise it has 3 holes for USB, a video out, an Ethernet port and an SD card slot, and on your weighing scales it'll clock in at just under 1kg.
But where the NB100 differs from other netbooks, however, is in the design. Toshiba is focusing this device on business users, with the result being a boxy (but sturdy) construction that looks like a shrunk-down 'serious' laptop. Strangely, the device ships with a 4-cell battery that sticks out of the back -- and Toshiba doesn't have plans for other battery sizes.
For UKians we can expect the NB100 to roll out Real Soon Now(tm), but our brows are furrowing at the pricing plans. The above spec model, running Ubuntu Netbook Remix, will sell for £259. Windows users, though, can pay £40 more for 1GB RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and Microsoft's OS.
Compare this to the Acer Aspire One on Play.com: 1GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, Linux, for £229. For the Windows version you get exactly the same hardware, but have to pay £299. That 70 quid price difference makes the Linux model really attractive -- so why doesn't Toshiba offer the same discount? Especially as its Windows model includes better hardware too.
Hrm. Anyway, pricing aside it looks like a good business netbook, so please enjoy (or at least tolerate) these hastily taken photos of the Toshiba alongside an Aspire One. Yes, readers, I'm finally going to retire my ancient 4MP Samsung digital camera and get something that's not from the era of Nicéphore Niépce.