We've long been fans of Toshiba's netbooks, because they offer the best combination of style, ergonomic comfort, and long battery life in the market today. However, they've never been a bargain with prices in the $400 range at a time when other vendors are lowering their MSRPs. Today, Toshiba announced the NB255 a $299 netbook that promises the same strong performance, keyboard, and battery life as its big brother the NB305, but uses a less expensive plastic lid and keyboard.
It has the following specs:
- Intel Atom N455 CPU - This is the new 1.6-GHz Atom that supports DDR3 RAM
- 1GB of DDR3 RAM
- 250 GB hard drive
- A 10.1-inch 1024x600 screen
- A 6-cell battery good for the usual 8 hours or more of battery life
The NB305 is also getting a refresh, though it's less dramatic. The price is dropping to $379, Toshiba is bumping the processor up to Intel's Atom N450, and red is now a color option. Both netbooks will be available starting June 20th.
Check out our hands-on video and gallery below for a closer look at the Toshiba NB255.