The evolution of the netbook

22 netbooks in 18 months

Toshiba NB100: The NB100 introduced a new feature into the netbook space — the sleep-and-charge USB port. This makes it an ideal netbook for travellers who want to quickly charge their MP3 player or phone while they are on the road (of course, the NB100 needs to be charged before it will charge other devices). It’s an 8.9in, Windows XP-based netbook with an Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. For $715 (RRP at the time of review) it’s a little overpriced, but we rate it highly as it’s a convenient laptop to use while travelling.

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