Intel Atom processor N455
2 GB memory (upgraded from 1 GB)
250 GB hard drive
Intel Integrated Graphics
Equipped with: full-size keys, touchpad, integrated webcam and mic
OS: Ubuntu Netbook Edition
As much as I loved Lappy, he was kind of a pain in the butt. That particular model had webcam issues, so my webcam worked for about 2 1/2 uses and died. I mounted an external webcam on the top when I needed to use one, but it was very frustrating and often fell off. The battery had an extremely short life, even in the beginning, and only got steadily worse as time went on. Then, Sullivan chewed through the power cord and I had to buy a generic compatible one as they no longer sold the actual cord. This eventually led to Lappy's internal combustion and I was forced to buy my new netbook.
|Sullivan looks on in horror as Lappy is gutted for parts.|
I read up on netbooks and decided on the Toshiba mini-notebook based on positive CNET reviews. The Toshiba is lightweight and sleek. Previous models were described as having a bulky and protruding battery, but Toshiba seems to have fixed that issue. I was able to comfortably use the computer while lying in bed and watching TV, something I was unable to do with my previous laptop. Battery life is, on average, six hours and it is so nice not to have to be constantly plugged in. Because of its size, the netbook only has one speaker (mono), but it does have a headphone jack, which allows the sound to be heard in stereo. It also has a USB port and a SD card reader.
|Ubuntu Netbook Edition desktop|
As far as looks go, the Toshiba netbook is probably the best-looking netbook on the market. It looks like a very small laptop, and this model comes in some gorgeous colors (turquoise, lime green, bright blue, brown, and orange). The screen, though small at 10.1", is excellent and arguably rivals any full-size laptop for clarity.
|Toshiba Mini-Notebook in blue|
The netbook is perfect for what I need and very user friendly. I would recommend it for people who are looking for a high-quality laptop without a lot of extras or frills. It's not a good fit for people who use their computer for entertainment (ex: games, watching movies, etc.), but for those who can afford it, it would make an excellent secondary laptop for students or frequent travelers.