Toshiba brings back the Libretto


U100Toshiba has announced the introduction of the new Libretto U100 mini-notebook computer in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first laptop computer.  OK, they also mentioned bringing it back is due to customer demand so that’s probably the real reason.  The Toshiba Libretto series of minis were the first mini-notebooks that started the craze in Japan and eventually made it to the Western world due to high demand.

The new U100 rocks with a 7.2" widescreen LCD and uses an industry first LED backlight making the screen brighter and easier to read.  From the Toshiba press release:

Miniaturization of the notebook’s features makes the libretto U100 a portable computing marvel, as the mini-notebook offers a unique keyboard, as well as a half-size 802.11b/g mini-PCI wireless(2) card and 1.8-inch 60GB hard disk drive(3). New miniaturizing technology on the libretto U100 motherboard — such as high-density interconnects and component overlays — reduced the size by about 30 percent. Considering its small form factor, the libretto U100 is a perfect option for any mobile professional or consumer who needs computing capability and connectivity nearly anywhere, anytime.

The U100 will retail for $1,999 and here’s a list of specs:

  • Processor:          Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor(4) Ultra Low Voltage 753 (1.20Ghz, 2MB L2 cache, 400Mhz FSB)
  • Operating System:   Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional
  • Display:            7.2-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite(TM) TFT LCD at 1280×768 native resolution (WXGA)
  • System Chipset:     Intel 855GME Chipset
  • Graphics Controller:   Intel Extreme Graphics 2, 16MB-64MB shared VRAM(7) (DVMA)
  • Memory:             512MB (standard) DDR 333 MHz memory(5)
  • Hard Drive:         60GB (4200 RPM) HDD(3) (1.8-inch)
  • Wireless:           Atheros(R) 802.11b/g integrated wireless(2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth(TM) (2.0+EDR)
  • Ports:              RGB (mini connector), 2 USB 2.0, i.LINK(TM) (IEEE-1394), Headphone jack, RJ-45 (10/100 Ethernet) LAN port, RJ-11 V.92 Modem port, and Docking connector.
  • Battery:            6-cell lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions:         8.27" x 6.5" x 1.17"
  • Weight:             2.16 lbs.(1)
  • Warranty:           Standard, limited three-year warranty

Toshiba, now that you’re using 7.2" widescreen LCDs can you please, pretty please make a mini-Tablet PC?   :)

(via engadget)



Yeah, yeah, maybe not the most elegant piece of work, but still not bad specs at all.

And Sony, who could build a killer ultraportable tablet doesn’t seem the least bit interested. Toshiba, who have four convertible tablets and have supported the platform through multiple generations, just might, just might–I’m with you, James. That ballpark size seems about the most delicious.


If they brought this thing back for nostalgia or for some unseen demand, then I suppose it makes some sense, but from the looks of this Libretto, it has very little ‘tech appeal’ and I hate those thick LCD frame borders reminds me of the old laptop days. For ’05 theres really no excuse.

Now, i don’t know about the rest of you but for my money wouldn’t you rather have
1.7lbs super ultra-thin, untra-portable from sony instead??

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