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Toshiba Mini NB255-N245 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black Oynx)

267 of 286 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars First netbook, first PC for a Mac guy, so take with a grain of salt, June 24, 2010 This review is from: Toshiba Mini NB255-N245 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black Oynx) (Personal Computers) I’ve never really used a PC for more than a few minutes at a time at a friend’s house. I’ve been a Mac guy since 1992 when I began college and first got into graphic design. I have always hated Windows and I have always thought non-Macs felt like cheap junk, the interface always seemed difficult and clunky whether it was Windows 95 or XP. I have only tested Vista and 7 in the stores until I finally bought the bullet and just decided to get this little netbook… because, let’s face it, Apple dropped the ball with that iPad crap.

Well, I’ve only had this thing for 3 days and it didn’t take long to get used to. Some helpful people online told me which freeware to get to remove the extraneous crap Best Buy had installed on the machine and apparently I’m good to go with a couple free Antivirus programs. I probably won’t be downloading any .exe or .zip files from warez, porn or music stealing sites on this thing just because I wouldn’t really want to risk it; I’ll do that on my mac. Not that I do that sort of thing.

I’m not sure what this is really good for. I have a text editor now so I can do some HTML/CSS/PHP in a pinch, but I’m not sure I’ll ever really need to. Believe it or not, I pretty much got it just to test websites on the fly with IE8… since I do web design for a living, it just becomes inconvenient to always rely on browsershots, when I can check back and forth with my little buddy and see what’s fugged up in Intercrap Exploder. It works for that just fine. The portability is an added bonus! And the price is right!

For people who want to write their novel in Starbucks or people who waste money on this sort of crap purely to surf the net, this would be a great choice! I’ll be taking this on long trips for instant access to Google maps if I need it. For others like me who are not iPhone/Blackberry crazy, this is also useful for that kind of thing.

Youtube, Facebook, and pretty much any website I’ve tried (including some rather large ones I designed myself) look excellent on this thing. Fit on the screen well and not so small that it’s hard to read. This is a great little thing to watch videos on when you’re stuck somewhere without a tv, too… unlike an iPhone, which is painfully small to watch anything on for more than 3 minutes.

Keyboard is quality. Not junky feeling like most other PCs I’ve touched. Compared to the Acer, Dell and HP netbooks I’ve played with in the store, this thing feels like a Rolls Royce or something. Nice, solid little machine.

On a broadband wifi, it’s as fast as you could ever want or need.

Toshibas don’t come with a lot of bloatware, either. I only had to delete the Best Buy marketplace software and Norton Utilities.

Great battery life, great monitor brightness, color and clarity, Windows 7 is awesome!

All in all, a great purchase. Very satisfied.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars great machine for the money, August 2, 2010 This review is from:Toshiba Mini NB255-N245 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black Oynx) (Personal Computers) I chose this laptop for the price and the keyboard. The latter is one of the few keyboards where the keyboard is “almost” as good as a full keyboard, and allows me to type fast and efficiently with adequate response. I havent tested battery life very thoroughly but suppose it to be in the average of 6 hours or so when used vigorously. I had to remove all of the Toshiba and Bestbuy bloatware. My advise is to remove at once the Norton Antivirus (their post expiration offer with a rebate for this is sheer misleading….see other posts) Once you have got rid of that ensure that you do not have more than one antivirus operating…if you have several it can effect internet functionality big time.

in order to get my companies MS office 2007 on the machine and supported I had to upgrade from the windows 7 starter to Windows 7 professional. If I hadnt needed to do that, I probably would have stuck to windows starter, which does most other things OK. The upgrading which cost an extra 100 dollars and a bit, was extremely difficult to do, but I got MS assistance with no extra charge (surprise surprise) from their customer service and it was of a very high quality indeed.

This little computer is really fast, faster than my office computer, faster than any other laptop todate….the pine processor is really satisfactory, There are more than enough USB ports and most of the time at home I hook it up to a widescreen monitor which looks good.

I have an Ipad as well as well as this Toshiba and find my usage split 50/50, the Ipad for sheer reckless indulgent consumption of media and reference material, but I have to resort to the Toshiba for actually doing anything creative or office work. Due to the fact that the Toshiba is barely noticeable when stuffed into a briefcase, if I had to have one or the other I would take the Toshiba.

This isnt a technical review, I am not that way inclined, but in conclusion I have to say that even if this computer only lasts a couple of years it will at this price point be great value for money.

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80 of 96 people found the following review helpful: 2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, August 7, 2010 This review is from: Toshiba Mini NB255-N245 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black Oynx) (Personal Computers) ** 8/7/2010
All the negative reviews, including mine, were moved to NB305 last week somehow.
Potential buyers should be able to see both positive and negative views, so I copy mine again here.

This is on NB255-N245.
I am returning mine, which I have never done.
Given her good reputation, I don’t want think this product represents the Toshiba quality and assume I got a lemon. This is the reason I gave 2 stars instead of 1.

The problems I have are;
1. Fn key suddenly stops working and I have to reboot the unit each time.
It looks that F8 + Fn, on/off of WiFi, often triggers this but not always.
2. Short battery life. With power saver mode on and other saving measures such as half-dimmed screen, no external device attached and frequently turned-off WiFi, I get only about 5 hours at max.
The claimed is “up to 8.3” hours.
– I am using this mostly for internet and word processing, no heavy stuff.
3. Although not always, Skype doesn’t work properly.
– I can hear but not be heard. The “check setting” message of Skype says my computer is too slow to make a call.

Away from my specific problems, this is my take on this netbook.
My expectation on netbook are:
1. Long battery life, at the least 6 hours with reasonable work load.
2. Capability to handle web surfing, MS Word and Skype.
3. Small size and light weight since I travel a lot.
4. Low price.

I chose this Toshiba due to the following facts:
1. Lower price tag: ~ $300.
2. New products: Thought accumulated experience makes a better product…
2. New CPU, N455: I know practically same as N450 but doesn’t hurt.
3. Wireless-N.
4. Great brand name.
No complaints about the speed of the CPU, Windows 7 starter, small screen, 1G RAM and the lack of recovery disc, which are granted in the first place.

1. Keyboard is full size and feels big.
2. Probably, USB Sleep and Charge, although I never used it since I cannot afford to divert any power from the unit.
3. Price.
4. All the nice things generally applicable to netbook such as small, light, ….

1. Battery life.
– Mine is not satisfactory but, to be fair, I saw a review at Netegg claiming 9 – 10 hours(!!).
2. Hard to read icons on the hotkeys.
– They are small and in dark gray on black keys. It is hard for me but maybe not for other people. You can enlarge one of the pictures and check it.
3. Protruding battery pack.
– I knew it and thought it a trivial. But after carrying the unit everyday, I found it is very annoying and it also makes the unit bigger than other netbooks. When thinking of the extra stress applied to the two connecting points and the fact this is a battery, it is a bit concerning for me.

Although this doesn’t bother me, maybe applicable to some people.
4. Built is very cheap and feels very cheap.
Basically a mass of cheap black plastic. If you are a kind of person who puts a cover on your Blackberry or iPhone, this is not for you, definitely. I kind of like this “in-your-face” attitude, refreshing.

Although I never planned to expand to 2G, one of the reviews here says it is not upgradable.
If this is the case, I see very few reason why people buy this netbook at the price tag of about $300 or even 250.

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