Notebook PC giant Toshiba has decided there is still life in netbooks (particularly with the start of the new school year approaching) and launched two new models, including the first model under $500 to include HDMI.
The NB550D features a 10.1-inch widescreen LCD panel and AMD’s new 1GHz dual-core C50 processor. AMD calls this an APU (accelerated processing unit) as it also combines AMD’s Radeon HD 6250-grade graphics engine. This gives the NB550D enough horsepower to handle high-definition video with Toshiba supporting the unit with an HDMI output to hook the unit up to a big-screen TV.
The NB550D also has the ability to play music even with the notebook switched off and it comes with Toshiba’s own Media Controller software that enables you to stream content to a TV or other device.
With a price of $499, it becomes the first sub-$500 netbook to feature HDMI output.
Storage is via a 250GB hard drive and there is no mention of other major features.
The NB500 is Toshiba’s new entry-level netbook featuring Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N455 processor with 1GB of memory, 250GB hard drive, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity. The screen is a 10.1-inch widescreen type, likely to be LED-backlit and with 1024×600-pixel resolution although Toshiba did not specify this in its official statement.
Importantly, the NB500 features a six-cell battery that Toshiba claims is good for up to eight hours, although this will depend greatly on screen brightness settings and applications. Interestingly, Toshiba makes no claims at all about battery life for the NB550D. In its press release, the company doesn’t even mention what type of battery it is!