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Tyler and I are being bad tonight. We offered to drive to Target to pick up a few items for Barb and there just happens to be a Best Buy in the vicinity. The Toshiba NB205  with 1.66GHz N280 Atom caught our eye and I’m very […]

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Tyler and I are being bad tonight. We offered to drive to Target to pick up a few items for Barb and there just happens to be a Best Buy in the vicinity. The Toshiba NB205  with 1.66GHz N280 Atom caught our eye and I’m very impressed with the overall package. The keyboard extremely usable with a chiclet-type design. The trackpad seems very generous in size when compared to other netbooks, as well.

I know that Intel’s Pine Trail platform, or next-gen Atom, is on the way, but I’m leaning heavily towards this Toshiba. This model has the 6-cell battery that’s advertised around nine hours of battery life. The device is thinner than my MSI Wind as well. Decisions, decisions…

  1. Kevin,

    I gave in to the Toshiba, as well. I, too, have the MSI, which I use as a hackintosh. However, I am using the Toshiba more and more because of the 6-cell battery. I average about 6-7 hours on the Toshiba, while the MSI clocks in around 3 hours with a 3rd party six-cell battery.

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  2. GO FOR IT! I bought my toshiba a few weeks ago and I adore it.

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  3. I gave in and bought it. I actually wrote my post on the demo unit in the store and really liked the feel of the device when doing that. Aside from the battery life, the relatively large trackpad sold me. It’s nearly as big as the trackpads on some full-sized notebooks I’ve seen!

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  4. I have the Toshiba. It’s terrific in almost every way. Great battery life (I’m getting around 8hrs per charge), great performance. The screen is a little finicky and the touchpad is sometimes sluggish, but everything else makes it the netbook to get, IMO.

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  5. Kevin this is funny. Last night I just happen to see the Toshiba online; was looking to see if they had put the Samsung Mondi. When I saw how much battery life you can get from the Toshiba I thought I must go down to the store and check it out. Well looks like you got it. Give us what you think compare to the MSI Wind. How much better it is compare to the MSI if you get a chance.

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    1. I’ll definitely do some comparisons with my ol’ faithful MSI Wind. And HG, you’ll be happy to know that I stopped to look at the BlackBerry Tour on my way to the computer section at Best Buy. ;)

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  6. :) that was a good one Kevin. So no chance of a CrackBerry? So which color did you get? I see online that it shows the Toshiba is online order only.

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    1. I went with Frost White since my Wind is black.

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  7. Interesting decision. I mentioned the NB205 a few posts ago – it’s indeed a nice-looking netbook. I checked out the brown version at Staples and it does look really good.

    TBH I would have waited a little longer for a Pineview/Win7 netbook to hit the stores. My only two quibbles regarding the Toshiba are the non-high-res display and bad keyboard flex.

    Do give us your “expert opinion” Kevin when you have the opportunity!

    Oh, and enjoy the new toy!

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  8. I got the NB200-10Z (UK version of the NB205) here in the UK for my brother. It is a fantastic netbook and one which I would recommend.

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  9. I haven’t seen this in the wild yet but it looks good. I’ve never used a netbook so maybe I shouldn’t be concerned, but doesn’t this max out at 1GB of memory? That is my concern.

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    1. The NB205 supports 2GB of RAM, although I believe there’s only one memory slot and no on-board memory. My Wind uses 1GB on-board and has a slot for expansion, so a 512MB or 1GB memory stick works fine for that. I’ll have to buy a 2GB stick if I upgrade memory on the NB205. For most activities, 1GB of memory with XP is sufficient.

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  10. “I actually wrote my post on the demo unit in the store”

    Hope you didn’t give up your WordPress password on a public/shared computer!

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    1. Sure I did. How else would I have written the post on the device? ;)

      I downloaded and installed Google Chrome on the unit, turned on Incognito Mode, wrote my post, uninstalled Chrome and all wiped IE temp files / cache just to certain. Best I could do in a short time to maintain my credentials.

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    2. Nicely done in installing and removing a new browser. ;) PS I love this netbook. But I’m not buying the 600px models, holding out for 768. Are Dell and HP the only ones with that option these days? Hm. (I’m also holding out for a free Windows 7 upgrade.)

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