Toshiba NB500

The Good Good keyboard; bright screen; available in a range of colours.

The Bad Design could be better; no HDMI port.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba NB500 is a good all-round netbook, but its design is rather ho-hum. You can easily find the same features wrapped up in a more appealing package elsewhere.

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Review

Toshiba NB500

It's all 'tablet this' and 'tablet that' these days. But we remember the good old times, when netbooks were all the rage, what with their low prices, long battery life and zany 'keyboards'. The 10.1-inch NB500 netbook doesn't break any new ground, but, at around £250, it could be a decent budget buy.

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Toshiba hasn't updated its netbook design since last year, so the NB500 looks very similar to the NB520 and NB305. The design has its plus points, such as the soft, rubberised finish used on the lid and the fact it's available in various colours, including blue, green, brown and black. The colour of the lid is echoed on the trackpad buttons too, but otherwise the design feels uninspiring, especially compared to similarly sized models from Samsung, such as the new NC110.

Toshiba has fitted the NB500 with three USB ports, but, unlike some of the other models in its range, none of these ports are enabled for 'sleep and charge', so you can't use them to charge up mobile devices when the netbook is switched off.

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