Toshiba NB520

The Good Dual-core processor; good screen; best audio we've heard from a netbook; great battery life.

The Bad Design isn't as slick as that of some rivals; no HDMI port.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba NB520 netbook might lack the flashy design of some of its competitors, but decent performance, great speakers and impressive overall usability mean it's good value for money.

Editors' Rating
8.8 Overall

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Review

Toshiba NB520

Most netbooks are so similar that, when something slightly different comes along, we get all giddy, like a teenager queuing for the Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park. The 10.1-inch Toshiba NB520 is just such a machine, sporting a dual-core Intel Atom processor, beefy Harmon Kardon speakers, a rubberised lid, and Bluetooth 3.0 support. But is this ride worth the £280 entry price? Buckle up and let's find out.

Get your rubber on

The NB520's design is a mixed bag. It's available in five colours: brown, blue, green, orange and turquoise. These colours are used on the lid, which has a slightly rubberised coating. That coating means the lid should collect less scratches than the glossy version found on most netbooks. The lid also looks cool and feels pleasant to touch.

The matte black plastic used on the keyboard and wrist rest look cheap in comparison to the lid. Nevertheless, the machine feels quite sturdy, and the matte finish should stand up better than glossy coatings to long-term abuse.

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