The new dual core netbook by Toshiba looks great and different from other netbooks, chiefly due to the fact that it boasts Harman Kardon speakers which are integrated into the palm rest. The netbook looks very sophisticated, thanks to its textured finish on the hood with brushed metal feel.
Under its skin, you will find the Intel Atom N550 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM and a 250GB hard disk drive that absorbs shocks as well so that your data remains safe. The Toshiba NB520 runs Windows 7 Starter operating system that is commonly found on almost every cheap netbook out there, but there are certain special features that this netbook carries, such as:
- Special, high quality speakers mentioned above
- Dual core N550 processor
- USB sleep and charge function – this allows you to charge your USB powered devices while the netbook is asleep
Performance-wise, it beats all the single core Atom netbooks with ease. It runs on dual core Atom N550 processor and is great for casual web-browsing and photo editing on-the-go. Even though it has those Harman branded speakers, I did not expect miracles from it, but with 2 watts from both channels, I was nothing but impressed. The speakers support Dolby Digital audio
The netbook offers sleep and music function that allows you to plugin an MP3 player into the 3.5mm input jack and play the output music through the speakers even if the netbook is switched off. The Toshiba NB520 weighs around 1.3kg (including battery) which makes it ideal for traveling. It comes with a 6-cell battery that delivered around 6.5 hours with Wi-Fi web browsing. I am pretty sure you can cross the 9 hour mark if you turn the Wireless LAN off.
Keyboard on the NB520 is great. Key travel is perfect and you can use it to type a few novels if you wish to. Touchpad works like a charm and the mouse buttons are not mushy either. Overall, it is the best netbook Toshiba has ever produced.