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Sep 16, 2010
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Netbooks have been called compact, cool, or convenient, but never manly. [firstpara]
That all changes today because Toshiba’s new NB250 netbook is here.

It is specifically cut out for all of us who’d rather die than carry a pink Sony VAIO netbook.

The piano-black finish and the tailored angles of the laptop remind us of a confident, sharply dressed man wearing his best business suit, serious about getting work done.

That’s not to say that this netbook is plain, because it does boast subtle textured patterns on the lid that add a dash of flair to it.

The NB250’s classic angles, understated design cues, and color choice make it an excellent choice for those looking for a masculine netbook.

Tipping the scales at 2.46 pounds, the Toshiba NB250 adopts a very rugged, very tough, ready-for-anything character.

It has an industry-standard 10.1-inch LED-backlit display with a 1024 x 600 resolution.

The NB250’s looks though doesn’t automatically translate to beefy performance. It is powered by an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor, an Intel GMA 3150 GPU, 1GB RAM and boasts Windows 7  Starter Edition, and a 250 GB hard drive.

The processor and RAM tandem works smoothly enough for the routine tasks that netbooks are designed for; just don’t expect to edit your indie film on it.

The integrated GPU on the other hand, is underwhelming, or as Techie.com.ph puts it, “is too weak to even meet the minimum standards of good games. Unless, of course, by "good" you mean Flash-based games like Farmville, Zuma, and Bejeweled.”

As long as the netbook can run its OS, Windows 7, office applications, and browsers, well, that’s good enough for us. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it has a 4-hour battery life.

What hurts though is that it lacks Bluetooth connectivity, which can be a pain for those looking to pair up their mobile phones with the netbook.

At P22,900, it’s true that you might be able to get a netbook with specs that are a bit better than what the NB250 offers.

But if you're looking for a netbook that's not as dainty as the loads of other offerings in the market today, the netbook’s slightly high price though is totally worth it.  

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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