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Which Is The Better Netbook? Toshiba NB510 vs Toshiba NB550D

If you’re in the market for a new portable computer, there are a ton of netbook deals on the market right now. As companies stop making netbooks, and tablets begin to take over, now is the time to take advantage of low prices. Netbooks combine the portability of a tablet with the computing power, keyboard and memory capabilities of a laptop, and they’re cheaper too. If you’re on the go and need something to help you work, a netbook is a great choice.

Toshiba Netbook

Today we’re looking at two models from renowned electronics company Toshiba. They’re both good, but we want to know which one is better, so we put them to the test. Before you buy your new netbook, read this and find out which of these two models gets our seal of recommendation…

The Similarities…

There are a lot of similarities between these two netbooks. They have the same dimensions, the same screen size (10.1 inches) and the same screen resolution. They both have HDMI ports, both support WiFi and Bluetooth and have three USB ports each. There’s an SD card slot on both, a built in web cam and microphone, and both run Windows 7 starter. In fact, they both tick all the boxes. There are lots of connectivity options with HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth and plenty of USB slots, so you’ll never be out of touch. It would be nice to see 3G integration to make mobile broadband easier, but sadly both models lack that function. And the size is perfect for ultimate portability, whilst not being so small that using the keyboard is uncomfortable. A pretty good start here.

The Differences…

There is a small difference in weight, the NB510 weighing in at 1.5 kilos and the NB550D coming in at 1.6 kilos. Not a huge difference, but it’s noticeable when you’re carrying something around all day. But it’s in power and longevity that the models become vastly different. The NB510 runs an Intel Atom N2600 processor and 2 GB of RAM, whilst the NB550D only has an AMD Fusion C-50 processor and 1 GB of RAM. This means that the NB510 is noticeably faster and better at running multiple processes than the NB550D. If you’re looking for something snappy, then it’s got to be the NB510. The NB510 gets a massive 320 GB hard drive, but the NB550D gets only 250 GB, which means you can hold a lot more music, programmes, games, or whatever you want on the NB510. But, in the NB550D’s favour, it does get better battery life, averaging nine hours and 55 minutes per charge cycle, as oppose to eight hours and 40 minutes on the NB510.

Which One is Better?

For our money, we’d go for the better processing power and more memory on the NB510. And speaking of money, the NB510 comes in cheaper too, being around £240, whilst the NB550D is around £300. So you get more power and more memory for less money? Sign us up, the NB510 is the better netbook. Blog

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