Toshiba NB250 review

Can Toshiba's netbook make its case over the tablet onslaught?

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Our Verdict

A great example of the strengths of netbooks, even if there are a few niggles.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Great keyboard
  • Amazing battery life
  • Solid construction
  • Well priced
  • Better performance than most tablets

Against

  • Shoddy speakers
  • Odd keyboard layout
  • Annoying, hard-to-adjust screen
  • Full of shovelware
  • Worse performance than most laptops

There's a big question in the PC market at the moment: Has the netbook had its time? It's not hard to argue that it has. Certainly the Toshiba NB250 is what you'd call a standard example of the genre. It doesn't do anything remarkable to push netbooks to radical new heights.

Technologically – and this a given for the genre – the NB250 is a world away from Core i5 notebooks such as our top-rated Samsung R590, which comes in at triple the price, and even the cheap-but cheerful £590 Medion Akoya P6625.

Core i5 notebooks mix power and performance, don't cost the world (although they look pricey next to the likes of this), and have none of the fundamental restrictions of Atom-powered netbooks.

Of course, the netbook isn't meant to compete with powerful PCs like these. It's meant for slinging in a bag, taking on the road, doing the tiny things and doing them for longer than any power-hungry platform could even hope to.

Netbooks are good at it, too. But times have changed, hence the initial question. We live in Steve Jobs' radical 'Post-PC era', where tablets like the iPad and ever-strengthening smartphones are doing the netbook's work and far more besides.

Toshiba nb250

But don't panic. The Toshiba NB250 still has its place, as we'll prove. Your bag deserves a netbook even if you've already got a touchscreen tablet or a shiny mobile phone. As long as you're not looking to run heavyweight games or play high-def video, a low powered laptop is the perfect computing partner.

What's more, the NB250 has a few tricks up its sleeve that set it apart from the near-identical competition.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8.75 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Processor ModelN455
ColourGlossy Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.18 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 250 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height30.8 mm
Width236 mm
Depth211.5 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelNB250-108
Product NameNB250-108 Netbook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPLL2PE-00300WEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Essential netbook computing. Offering up to 8.5 hours battery life, the ultra lightweight NB250 has a stylish gloss black textured design and features a 25.7cm (10.1" TruBrite display. Processing is provided by the latest Intel Atom processors and the NB250 has a near full-size keyboard for ease of use.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • NB250-108 Netbook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year