To help us provide you with free impartial advice, we may earn a commission if you buy through links on our site. Learn more

Toshiba NB100 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £285
inc VAT


8.9 in 1,024×600 display, 1.1kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 120GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Toshiba’s NB100 looks distinctive thanks to its black and gold design.

It feels sturdy, too. The VGA and Ethernet ports are located on the back to either side of the large battery. This leaves the three USB ports and the integrated memory card reader surrounded by a lot of unused space. It’s a shame this hasn’t been used to accommodate more USB ports or an ExpressCard slot.

The NB100 is slightly smaller than many of the other netbooks here since it has an 8.9in screen. The display has a glossy finish so colours look bright and rich; however, they also look slightly grainy compared to the those of other displays here. Unlike Dell’s Mini 9, the screen folds back far enough so it is parallel to the keyboard. This makes it easier to get the best viewing angles when it’s on your lap.

Unfortunately, the NB100’s compact size means that its keyboard has small, tightly spaced keys, which makes touch-typing difficult unless you have very small fingers. The touch pad and its buttons are also small, but the pad is at least accurate. The battery sticks out from the back of the NB100, but it did last nearly four hours in our battery test. Although not the longest here, this is above average.

As expected, the NB100’s Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM played back iPlayer and standard-definition DivX video smoothly. Unsurprisingly, the integrated Intel graphics chip isn’t capable of playing the latest 3D games. Although the 120GB hard disk isn’t the largest here, it should be plenty for storing office documents and a selection of videos, photos and music. Windows XP is pre-installed.

We were impressed with the NB100’s battery life, but Samsung’s similarly priced NC10 lasted far longer and also has a larger and more comfortable keyboard. If you want a compact second computer for use around the house, Acer’s similarly specified Aspire One is £25 cheaper. Unless Toshiba reduces its price, there’s little reason to choose the NB100.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 1GB
Size 40x225x189
Weight 1.1kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 13W
Power consumption active 30W


Viewable size 8.9 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 120GB
Optical drive model none
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports none


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore option restore disc
Software included Toshiba DVD Player 1.40.23, Toshiba Disc Creator
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £285

Read more