Toshiba NB550D review

By far the best netbook we've seen in a long time and very easy to recommend

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Product features

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

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  • Decent graphics performance
  • Build quality
  • Good screen
  • AMD Fusion
  • Storage


  • Office performance

Enthusiasm for netbooks may be waning with the rise of the tablet PC, but Toshiba has proved there's life in the old dog yet with the release of the NB550D – a smartly designed and eminently portable mini-laptop.

For a machine so clearly geared towards portable use, all-day battery life is essential and the Toshiba delivers in spades. Running for 10 hours during constant, demanding use, you can easily work for a full day away from the mains.

With its textured, rubberised lid and choice of blue or brown colour schemes, the tiny 1.2kg chassis looks great. The black plastic interior creates a stylish and striking contrast and the whole machine feels exceptionally well built.

This quality extends to the user interface, with the keyboard proving well made and great to use. The keys respond firmly and accurately and make it a pleasure to work with. Even the touchpad manages to impress, with its large dimensions providing easy accessibility.

While the screen's 10.1-inch design is found on most netbooks and is a bit too small to use as your main machine, it's stunningly bright and vibrant. Photos and videos are shown to great effect and the NB550D is perfect for keeping you entertained when on the move.

High-powered audio

Audio performance is also excellent. Stereo speakers are built into the palm rest and deliver a powerful, warm and defined sound. Their location means your hands cover them when typing, but there's no discernible effect on sound quality.

Office performance is less pleasing, but standard netbook fare. Internet browsing and office tasks run smoothly enough.

Graphics are far better, however, with AMD's Fusion technology providing ample performance for watching HD videos and even editing your photos on the move.


Battery life: 600 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 67
3DMark 2003: N/A

Storage is strong and the 250GB hard drive will easily hold large collections of music, videos and photos. As with all but a select few netbooks, there's no optical drive for CD or DVD use, but an SD card reader at the front of the chassis lets you easily share files with your camera.

Finally, extra features are excellent. Bluetooth 3.0 provides high-speed, shortrange wireless connectivity, an HDMI port lets you connect to your high-definition TV and free software includes tools for office use, internet security, video editing and data backup, among others.

The NB550D is by far the best mini-laptop we've seen in a long time and Toshiba has proved that the netbook can still be great when done right. Offering great usability, ample features and all-day mobility at a low price, this stylish machine is very easy to recommend.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6250M
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyMini NB550D
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelC-50
ColourMetallic Brown
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.32 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 374 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height35.5 mm
Width262 mm
Depth190 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesNB550D
Product ModelNB550D-109
Product NameMini NB550D-109 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineMini
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberPLL5FE-003008EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The HD multimedia netbook. The NB550D is the ideal netbook for HD entertainment and features the latest dual core AMD processor, Harman Kardon speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio and HDMI connectivity. The lightweight design weighs less than 1.33kg and the 25.7cm (10.1") display is ideal for watching videos. Available in either brown or blue.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Mini NB550D-109 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year