World’s sexiest netbook versus world’s fastest notebook
Toshiba today launched what we think is the sexiest 10.1in netbook on the market: the copper-coloured Toshiba NB200. This little netbook is aimed at the premium end of the market, where style and form are just as important as portability and functionality. Toshiba has also refreshed its Qosmio X300 desktop replacement notebook, with the company claiming it is now the world’s fastest laptop. We thought it would be fitting to explore both of these products side-by-side. In one corner, the Toshiba NB200 represents all that is slick, mobile and efficient; in the other corner, the Toshiba Qosmio X300 represents all that is garish, massive and powerful.
There are five speakers in the Qosmio X300/01N, with two speakers located on the palm rest. In this photo you can see the flame detail that forms the speaker grill. The left speaker often gets obstructed when you type, which results in slightly muffled sound, but you’ll want to plug in a set of speakers to get full, rich sound out of it anyway.
The black, white and blue NB200 netbooks will hit the market before the copper-coloured model. The black models (pictured above) are the NB200 (PLL25A-00C002) and NB200 (PLL25A-00D002), which both have 3-cell batteries and are identical in every way except hard drive capacity — they have a 120GB and a 160GB hard drive, and cost $749 and $899, respectively. The white model is the NB200 (PLL20A-00P001) and the blue model is the NB200 (PLL20A-00Q001). The white and blue models are identical to the black models except they have 6-cell batteries, Bluetooth and 160GB hard drives.
While it’s especially designed for gamers and overclockers (yes, you can overclock this thing), the Toshiba Qosmio X300/01N is also suitable for game developers, and pretty much anyone who needs plenty of processing power that they can take with them between home and work. However, it lacks a few features that would make it even better for content producers: a Blu-ray combo drive instead of a plain old DVD burner, a 7200rpm secondary drive, a Full HD screen, and a backlit keyboard. It’s a big beast — you can see that it’s as wide as two 10.1in netbooks, and about two netbooks thick. It’s also expensive — to the tune of approximately eight NB200 netbooks!
The right side has a Kensington lock port, power port and two more USB 2.0 ports. You can also see that the status lights have been placed on the front of the Toshiba NB200, rather than on the attractive spine (save for the power button and light).
Don’t have an account? Sign up here
Don't have an account? Sign up now