Toshiba NB250

Posted on: 09/07/10 by Elijah Mendoza

Netbooks have traditionally been small and dainty, no doubt catering to a market that puts a premium on such qualities (i.e. women and kids). Which is why we at Techie were pleasantly surprised with the Toshiba NB250 and its ruggedly handsome good looks. From stem to stern, this is one PC that even the manliest of men will not be ashamed to flaunt.

Appearance

Let's start with the first thing you will notice with the NB250 – the lid. The texture of the piano-black finish looks good and feels great to touch. Despite the intricate pattern, it's not "metro" or "snobby"; it's just a well-made piece of art. Stereotypical as it may sound, this black beauty also has a mighty impressive caboose, thanks to the extended-life battery.

Inside, it's the same story. The design cues are subtle, such as the 2-tier keyboard keys, and the slightly off-center trackpad is surrounded with the same pattern found on the lid. The 10.1-inch LCD also blends effortlessly into the mix because, well, it's the same color as every other part.

Performance

When it comes to performance and specs, the Toshiba NB250 is also unmistakably masculine. It's simple (-minded), but it gets the job done without any fuss. The hyper-threadin' Intel Atom N455 processor is by no means the greatest in the Atom family, but it is good enough to perform the most mundane of tasks expected from a netbook with a Windows 7 Starter operating system installed.

HD videos are no problem, as long as they're the only ones hogging up the system. If you try doing other things on the side, you will experience slowdowns. Just for kicks, we tried playing 2 HD videos simultaneously (1 with Windows Media Player and 1 with VLC media player) just to see how the CPU and GPU will hold up. Long story short, it didn't. That, however, could also be attributed to the lack of RAM, as the NB250 only comes with 1GB.

The lack of Bluetooth connectivity may also pose a problem to some, especially to those who sync mobile phones wirelessly. It's funny, though, as we always thought that BT came standard with all portables nowadays.

Gaming is out of the question here, too. The built-in Intel graphics card is too weak to even meet the minimum standards of good games. Unless, of course, by "good" you mean Flash-based games like Farmville, Zuma, and Bejeweled. In that case, you'll be using this netbook a lot because of its long 4-hour battery life.

For P22,900, the NB250 is not the best-value netbook available, but Toshibas (like Sony VAIOs) are not known to be cheap, especially since it's a premium brand. For a Japanese brand that proudly says "Made in China" at the bottom, however, this is a sweet deal.

Click here to see the Toshiba NB250 in the Buyer's Guide.

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Toshiba NB250 Windows Experience Index

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Performance
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Value
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Overall
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  • Rugged, macho looks
  • Long battery life
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  • No Bluetooth
  • Only 1GB of RAM
Bottom Line
  • A posh Tosh that doesn't look girly
Editor's Pick No
Price P22,990
Tech Specs
  • Processor
    • Type: Intel Atom N455
    • Speed: 1.66GHz
  • Motherboard/Chipset: Intel NM10
  • Memory (RAM)
    • Type: DDR3 PC3-8500F (533MHz)
    • Capacity: 1GB
  • Storage: 250GB HDD (5400rpm)
  • Video Card: Intel GMA 3150
  • Optical Drive: n/a
  • Webcam: yes
  • Screen
    • Size: 10.1 inches
    • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels (WSVGA)
  • Connectivity
    • Modem: n/a
    • LAN: 10/100 megabit
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth: n/a
  • Ports
    • USB: 3 x ver. 2.0
    • Firewire: 0
    • VGA: 1
    • DVI: 0
    • HDMI: 0
    • Card Reader: yes
    • Expansion Port: n/a
    • Mic: 1
    • Headphone: 1
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Starter
  • Power Consumption: 30 Watts
  • Battery Life
    • Cells: 6 cell
    • Life: about 4.5 hours
  • Size: 263.0 x 192.3 x 30.75mm
  • Weight: 1.12kg


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COMMENTS
  • rain July 25, 2020; 3:57 pm Report Abuse
    mine is working reallyn fine, i set it aside wan't able to use it for i think 3-4weeks.. tried to turn it on again but doesn't worked. I just bought it on Feb!! ridiculous!!
  • Guest July 26, 2020; 6:04 pm Report Abuse
    The battery might be defective. Hope your warranty covers it
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