Energy-efficient stealth device. Toshiba's Satellite NB10t-A-101 is an 11.6-inch netbook which comes equipped with a Bay Trail Celeron CPU, a touchscreen, a 500 GB HDD and Windows 8, costing approx. 380 Euros (~$518). Our review will show whether Toshiba's small notebook is a true bargain.
Those who are looking for a small, mobile computer can nowadays choose from not only netbooks and subnotebooks, but also a number of tablets with attachable keyboard docks. Toshiba's newest entry is an 11.6-inch netbook with a touchscreen. Thanks to the 500 GB HDD and a Bay Trail Celeron CPU, storage space and power efficiency shouldn't be issues. Our review will show whether Toshiba has created a true winner.
We are comparing this netbook to two strong competitors, the Acer Aspire V5-131 (Celeron 1017U, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240) - neither of them sport a touchscreen.
The basic shape of the chassis shouldn't come as a surprise - it sticks pretty close to Toshiba's current design philosophy which has been employed with almost all recent Satellite laptops. As with its competitors, the ThinkPad Edge and the Aspire, the case is made from plastic. The display lid and the palm rest sport a matte silverish finish with a roughened surface. The rest of the components exhibit a matte black design while only the display comes with a glossy finish. The case appears to be well-built. Only close to the outer edges can the base unit be deformed. Unfortunately, torsion resistance is not its strongest suit. In this regard, the display lid feels a lot sturdier, but if enough pressure is applied on its rear, color distortions do occur. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position, with just a little bit of wobbling. It is not possible to open the lid with just one hand.
No major surprises here. Both the Satellite and the ThinkPad Edge ship with USB 3.0 while the Aspire only comes with USB 2.0. The Satellite is the only laptop which sports nothing more than Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s) while its competitors are equipped with Gigabit Ethernet. The ports are not well-placed, with some of them being close to the left hand side of the palm rest.
The Toshiba Satellite ships with an Atheros AR9565 Wi-Fi module which supports the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 b/g/n. Signal strength and reception quality are fine, at least subjectively - even in a radius of 15 meters around the router, the connection remained stable at all times, with four out of five bars. The Fast Ethernet chip of the NB10t-A is made by Realtek. In addition, a Bluetooth 4.0 module and an HD webcam (1280x720 pixels) are built into the machine, although the latter won't win any awards due to its graininess.
According to a Toshiba press release, the netbook not only comes with the obligatory physical Kensington lock, but also with a Trusted Platform Module.
Except for a quick-start poster, only a small warranty and security information brochure are enclosed.
The Satellite ships with Windows 8 (64-bit) preinstalled. Since no Windows DVD is enclosed, it may be prudent to create recovery media (either a USB flash drive with 16 GB of storage or more, or a number of DVDs, with the help of an external DVD burner) via the preinstalled Toshiba Recovery Media Creator.
Beneath the laptop, a small maintenance hatch can be found which makes it a breeze to access the RAM module and the HDD. The netbook comes with just one memory bank (which is equipped with the single 4 GB module). Swapping the HDD wouldn't be an issue as long as 2.5-inch hard drives with a height of no more than 7 millimeters are being used. The battery of the Satellite can be removed with the help of a screwdriver (two screws at the back have to be loosened before the battery back can be pulled out).
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Country of Manufacturing||China(Toshiba China Platform)|
|Processor||Intel Celeron Dual Core N 2820M (2.13GHz up to 2.39GHz, 1M Cache)|
|Operating System||Genuine Windows 8 SST|
|Dimension||284 x 208 x 21.5mm/25.3mm|
|RAM||4GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM|
|Hard Disk||500GB (SATA) with shock absorbers|
|Display||3 point Multi Touch 11.6" WXGA HD Clear SuperView LED Backlight TFT display (16:9), resolution 1,366 x 768|
|Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics|
|Camera||Built-in HD Web Camera with Microphone and Toshiba SmartFace™ Technology|
|Audio||Stereo Speakers, 16-bit Stereo with Intel® High Definition Audio Support|
|Optical Disk Drive||NA|
|Pointing Device||Touch Screen, TouchPad with multi-gesture support|
|LAN and WiFi||Bluetooth V4.0 , Integrated 802.11bgn , 10/100Mbps LAN|
|Connector Interface||2xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0 , RGB, HDMI , Multi-Card Reader (supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro™, miniSD through adaptor, microSD through adaptor)|
|Battery||3 cell 24Wh|
|Carry Case||Toshiba Carry Case|
|Warranty||1-year carry-in Standard TOSHIBA Warranty (parts & labor), 1-year battery + Adapter(carry-in)|