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Toshiba NB550D review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £301
inc VAT

We were very impressed with AMD Fusion, but apart from its impressive speakers the NB550D is a fairly unadventurous netbook.


10.1 in 1,024×600 display, 1.3kg, 1GHz AMD Fusion C-50, 1.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit

It’s a shame the screen isn’t suited to video playback, because the NB550D has some of the best sounding netbook speakers we’ve ever heard. Toshiba has partnered with audio specialists Harman/Kardon and the resulting audio quality is impressive. It was loud enough at maximum volume to be heard clearly across a room, without distorting. We could even make out bass notes, although they weren’t as powerful as a set with a dedicated subwoofer.

Toshiba NB550D right

Beyond its refreshingly different internal components, the NB550D is a fairly generic netbook. The bright blue lid makes it easy to spot from across a room, but the textured design is rather bland.
The keyboard was rather disappointing; all the alphabetical keys are full size to make typing easier, but the half-size punctuation keys feel very cramped.

Toshiba NB550D left

The typing position is fairly comfortable thanks to a slight bevel in the main netbook body, but the response from the keys themselves felt spongy and lacked tactile feedback. Applying minimal pressure is enough to make the entire keyboard tray flex. Thankfully the touchpad fared slightly better; it had an ideal amount of friction, letting us navigate the Windows desktop precisely. The touchpad buttons are colour-coded to match the lid and have very short travel times. We didn’t like how close they were to the lip of the netbook, but appreciated that they were two separate physical buttons.

Based on what we’ve seen, AMD Fusion processors are almost certain to find their way into more netbooks in the coming months. Performance matches that of a dual-core Atom in many areas but graphics power greatly exceeds what we’ve come to expect from Intel. Toshiba’s first Fusion netbook has wet our appetites, but its design leaves a lot to be desired. In spite of the excellent speakers, the average display and keyboard means that the Acer Aspire One D255.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor AMD Fusion C-50
Processor clock speed 1GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 36x262x190mm
Weight 1.3kg
Sound Realtek ALC269Q
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6250
Graphics/video ports HDMI
Graphics Memory 374MB


Total storage capacity 250GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack audio input, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £301

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