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Toshiba NB100 review: Toshiba NB100

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The NB100 also performs well in terms of battery life. In Battery Eater's Classic test, the four-cell power pack managed 3 hours and 10 minutes, which is fairly impressive.

Negatives
When we opened up the NB100, we couldn't help but notice that the keyboard and chassis look and feel quite plasticky. Also, as Toshiba has gone with a small 8.9-inch screen, there's very little room for the keyboard and trackpad, with the result that both feel quite cramped.

You'd need to be nuttier than squirrel poo to buy a netbook for gaming, and the NB100 is no exception to the rule. In our 3DMark05 test, it racked up a score of just 98, which means that there's no hope of playing any modern 3D games at any kind of decent frame rate.

In some respects, this netbook offers decent connectivity. For example, alongside Wi-Fi support, you also get three USB ports, a VGA output for connecting it to an external monitor or projector, and an SD card reader. But Toshiba has committed the unforgiveable sin of omitting support for Bluetooth. This means you won't be able to wirelessly connect the NB100 to a 3G mobile phone for mobile-broadband access on the move. You could always use a mobile-broadband USB stick instead, but it's a more ungainly solution.

Conclusion
The Toshiba NB100 has decent battery life and a good-quality screen, but it's let down by a cramped keyboard and lack of Bluetooth support. With so many high-quality netbooks vying for your attention at the moment, the NB100 doesn't really offer anything that makes it stand out.

Edited by Charles Kloet

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