Toshiba hasn't exactly been on the cutting edge of the Netbook phenomenon but the Japanese company is taking the lead in moving solid-state drive storage in these tiny laptops to the next level.
Toshiba is adding a 64GB solid-state drive to its NB100 Netbook offering, in addition to the current 160GB hard disk drive option.
While Sony's Vaio P series will be available with SSD options up to 128GB SSD, it's problematic whether Sony's tiny laptop qualifies as a Netbook, which are defined by price as well as size. The Vaio P with a 64GB SSD is $1,199. With the 128GB option this jumps to $1,499. Pricing that's way out of the range of Netbooks, which typically top off at about $500.
And HP offers an 80GB SSD option on the pricey Mini 2140 Netbook (which ranges up to $779). Though pricing is not available for the Mini 2140 80GB SSD option on HP's Web site, an 80GB SSD is priced at $520 as a configuration option on the Pavilion dv3z series notebook
The Toshiba NB100--which is not currently marketed in the U.S.--features Windows Vista Home Premium, an Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz), Intel 945GSE graphics, 1GB of memory, an 8.9-inch display, a multimedia card slot (SD), three USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and a Webcam.
Pricing was not disclosed though current models sold with a 160GB hard disk drive are priced typically between $450 and $500.