Toshiba's just not stopping with the laptops this week, and has now outed the 10.1-inch Mini NB250 netbook, while also refreshing the Mini NB305 with an Intel Atom N455 processor. The new Mini NB250 boasts a typical 1,024 x 600 resolution backlit LED, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 CPU, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. It's also packing three USB ports, a multicard reader and a webcam, plus 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth. It comes with a three-cell battery standard, but there's an optional six-cell which will purportedly get you around eight and a half hours of life. The NB250 doesn't have a nicely coated chiclet keyboard like the Mini NB305, but for $299 we won't complain. Truthfully, the NB305 continues to be our fave netbook, especially now that Tosh has dropped the price down to $379. We've got some hands-on shots below and the full press release after the break.
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Toshiba Mini NB250 and NB305

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New entrant in the netbook class – the Toshiba mini NB250
Toshiba adds the new 10.1'' ultra-portable and light mini NB250 to its netbook range; and updates its mini NB305


06.16.2010 – Neuss, Germany – Toshiba Computer Systems, a division of Toshiba Europe GmbH, today introduced a new model to its netbook range: the Toshiba mini NB250. The 25.7cm (10.1'') mini NB250 is designed to be as easy on the budget as it is to carry and to use. It offers all the essentials users need for basic computing around the house or out and about. The mini NB250 will be available during summer 2010 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. Toshiba also announces the refresh of its highly regarded mini NB305, that now will also feature the latest Intel® Atom processor.

The black mini NB250 is enhanced with an engraved pattern on the palmrest, and features Intel's latest Atom CPU. It comes with a screen size of 25.7cm (10.1''), a size of 263mm x 192mm, a thickness of only 25.4mm at the front, and a light weight of 1.3 kg. These features make the mini NB250 a great travel-friendly computing device for users who require basic computing applications and mainly use their netbook as a secondary portable device. The battery life of the 6 cell battery is up to 8.5 hours and allows users to go through a long day without need to recharge their netbook.

The mini NB250's small size doesn't compromise its usability: the netbook has a full-size keyboard and a large touchpad to comfortably type text and navigate through menus and pages. The mini NB250 also comes equipped with an application suite exclusive to Toshiba labtops, Toshiba Life Space* featuring the project organisation tool Bulletin Board and the graphical document search and indexing application ReelTime.

Update for mini NB305
Toshiba has also updated its well established mini NB305 netbook. The 25.7cm (10.1'') model will also now feature the latest Intel Atom N455 CPU. The mini NB305 has a unique and attractive Mocha Brown or Snow White 3D textured cover design with a matt finish that is both visually and physically appealing. The mini NB305 runs for up to 11 hours with a single charge of the 6 cell high capacity battery and offers high-end features such as a 3D impact sensor to protect data stored on the HDD.

Sustainable and eco-friendly
As a responsible global corporate citizen, Toshiba ensures that all laptops are fully compliant with European WEEE and RoHS directives, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. The new mini NB250 and the mini NB305 are ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified.

Facts & Figures**
Toshiba mini NB250
- CPU: Intel® Atom N455 (1.66GHz / 667MHz FSB)
- Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Starter
- RAM: up to 1 GB DDR3
- 2.5" HDD up to 250 GB
- GPU: integrated Intel® GMA 3150
- 25.7cm (10.1'') TruBrite® LCD with LED backlight, 1024 x 600 pixels
- Interfaces: 3x USB 2.0, Multi-Card reader, Fast Ethernet
- Wireless connectivity: WLAN (802.11 b/g/n) with diversity antenna for improved quality of a wireless connection
- full-size keyboard and large touch pad
- Toshiba LifeSpace oraganisation suite
- Toshiba ConfigFree
- size with 3 cell battery: 263 x 192.3 x 25.4 (front) / 32.25 mm (back)
- weight:
with 3 cell battery: 1.12 kg
with 6 cell battery: 1.33 kg
- battery life: up to 8.5 hours with a 6 cell battery
- built-in VGA Web camera with microphone

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Facts & Figures**

Toshiba mini NB305
- CPU: Intel® Atom N455 (1.66GHz / 667MHz FSB)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP Home
- RAM: up to 1GB DDR3
- Up to 250 GB HDD with 3D impact sensor for HDD protection
- 25.7cm (10.1'') TruBrite® LCD with LED backlight, 1024 x 600 pixels
- Interfaces: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 2.0 with Sleep-and-Charge, headphone, microphone, Fast Ethernet, RGB, 2-in-1 Bridge Media Slot
- Wireless connectivity: WLAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR, Mobile Broadband ready
- Toshiba LifeSpace featuring Bulletin Board and ReelTime
- size: 266 mm x 192.3 mm x 24.2 mm (front) / 30.8 mm (back) with 3 cell battery (36.4mm with 6 cell battery)
- Weight:
with 3 cell battery 1.18 kg,
with 6 cell battery 1.33 kg
- Battery life of up to 11 hours with a 6 cell battery, up to 4.5 hours with a 3 cell battery
- Integrated stereo speakers
* For more information on Toshiba Life Space please see the background information at http://eu.press.toshiba.eu/en/lists/pr_list_backgrounder
** depending on local configuration


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About Toshiba Europe GmbH
Toshiba Europe GmbH (TEG) is a fully owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo, a global corporation with more than 130 years of company history. Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.

Headquartered in Neuss, Germany, TEG is comprised of four business divisions: Computer Systems, Storage Device Products, Consumer Products and Electronic Systems Operations. Together, these divisions provide product offerings including industry leading portable computers and other mobile products and solutions, HDDs, DVDs, LCDs, TVs and electronic office equipment. As the headquarters for the EMEA region, TEG provides support and assistance to its local branch offices. For more information on Toshiba laptops and accessories, visit the Toshiba Press Lounge: http://www.eu.press.toshiba.eu.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$68 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.