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Looks like you can add Toshiba to the ranks of netbook brands going the subsidy route. Over the weekend, jkOTR reader Hector Gomez and I both saw the deal in this week’s Best Buy circular — which is actually square, not circular at all. The standard […]

toshiba-netbook-subsidyLooks like you can add Toshiba to the ranks of netbook brands going the subsidy route. Over the weekend, jkOTR reader Hector Gomez and I both saw the deal in this week’s Best Buy circular — which is actually square, not circular at all. The standard $399 price for a Toshiba NB-205 looks like it got jacked up by $100 because the netbook alone is advertised at $499. I suspect that’s simply to make the subsidy deal look more attractive, because this configuration is routinely $399. In any case, you can nab the NB-205 for $299 with integrated HSPA service through AT&T for the next two years. If you’d rather go with integrated EVDO on the Verizon or Sprint network, you’ll pay $229. In either case, you’ll be paying $1,440 over the next two years for your service, so don’t overlook that budgetary point. ;)

More interesting is the netbook’s configuration because it’s the same as what I bought in August of this year. This is the Windows XP Home version of the NB-205 with the 1.66GHz Intel Atom and 160 GB hard drive. Now that Windows 7 is available, I would have expected this deal to come with Microsoft’s latest operating system. Of course, that would likely be the Starter Edition, which does have a few limitations.  Does anyone else find it odd that this deal features Windows XP and not Windows 7?

  1. I saw this at Best Buy yesterday. Was very interested until I hit the power button and saw XP loading. Was thinking I could buy full price and migrate my Sprint data plan onto it. I think it must have a Gobi chip, or similar, in it since it mentioned multiple carriers.

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  2. XP is perfect for netbooks, and until 7 has been out awhile, you are better off getting XP anyway.

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    1. For many of us, W7 has been out a year. XP is archaic for consumers, no way I’m buying a computer that runs it. And I’d rather not upgrade myself, as I want to know for sure the vendor has provided all required drivers.

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  3. P.S. Look at your own power tests: 10 percent better for XP.

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  4. Two words – clearing house.

    Toshiba is getting rid of all it’s remaining XP OEM inventory now and dumping them into “deals” like this. You can bet that once this deal is done they’ll have Win 7 models in the stores.

    I wouldn’t be surprised either if Toshiba is bumping up the netbook specs and releasing an updated model in the coming months. This device needs a better speaker sorely and a high-res screen.

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  5. Maybe Windows 7 Starter doesn’t work good with the built in WWAN.

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