It won't be a surprise to anyone that Toshiba has a netbook in its portfolio. After all, netbooks are a popular breed of computer and there is money to be made in bringing them to market.

However Toshiba is wary of the netbook nomenclature, and instead chooses to call the range in which the NB100 sits 'mini laptops'. The distinction seems academic as the four models currently sporting the NB100 name run on Intel's Atom N270 processor and as such are, technically, netbooks. Perhaps Toshiba is just wary that the original Netbook was a Psion product and the ownership of that name may still be around somewhere.

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The four NB100 models span a price range running from 189 to 303 (all plus VAT). There is a choice of operating systems with Ubuntu in the least expensive of the machines, Windows XP Home in the other three.

All four models have an 8.9-inch screen with a native resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. There is a TruBrite finish to the display which means it is reflective of its surroundings but sharp, the latter factor helping when you want to watch videos or view photos. The screen is packed into a chassis measuring 22.5 x 19 x 3.3cm. The weight is 0.9kg.