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Toshiba AC100 review

Can Tosh's Android-powered netbook do enough to convince us?

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Weight and tiny form factor
  • Battery life
  • Screen
  • Keyboard
  • Nvidia Tegra

Against

  • Unintuitive use of Android
  • Missing Market app store
  • Some might not like the waspish look
  • No multigesture touchpad
  • Missing Flash

There's no denying that over the last couple of years we've witnessed a shift in the tech landscape. There's been the rise of the iPhone, the birth of the netbook, introduction of Android and, most recently, the coming of the tablet.

All have contributed to creating a world in which our devices are increasingly portable but, in the confusion of manufacturers scrabbling to keep up with the trailblazers, some pretty odd devices have been chucked up.

In our opinion the AC100 is such as device. It's neither a netbook, tablet or smartphone but tries to be a little of all – and doesn't quite pull it off.

Toshiba ac100

Tohsiba designed the AC100 to be a mobile internet device (MID) for those after a portable web browsing experience but, while there's no doubt fundamentally the AC100 succeeds on this front, there are some issues.

Toshiba ac100

Most noticeably for us is the poor implementation of Android 2.1 – which the AC100 runs. We love Google's Android operating system on a smartphone, but without touch functionality it feels like a fish out of water, with poor usability being the outcome.

But it's not all bad, and great build quality and portability make the AC100 a device that will certainly appeal to some.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity8 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
Product FamilyAC100
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Processor Model250
ColourEclipse Black
Operating SystemAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory512 MB
Weight (Approximate)870 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height21 mm
Width262 mm
Depth189.8 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesAC100
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelAC100-10U
Product NameAC100-10U Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPDN01E-00500EEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Instant on portable computing. The AC100 is an ultra-thin mobile internet device with intuitive Google Android 2.1 system, nVIDIA's Tegra 250 engine, a 25.7cm (10.1") TruBrite display and built-in keyboard for ease of use. It also offers up to 8 hours constant battery and up to 180 hours standby as well as instant-on functionality making it the perfect device for social networking and web browsing.

Maximum Memory512 MB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • AC100-10U Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed333 MHz