SpecificationsNotebook: Toshiba NB520-108 (NB520 Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N550
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:9, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 349 euro
Average of 11 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba NB520-108
Sound miracle. As a counterpart to its AMD Fusion NB550D sister-model, the NB520 charges ahead with a dual-core Atom N550. First-class subwoofer-sound remains on board. Can it manage to muster eight hour runtimes and tackle Intel GMA HD videos? Find out in this review.
The NB520-108 is a great little netbook, with a truly impressive battery life and surprisingly powerful speakers. The only quirk we found was the temperamental space bar.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: IT Reviews
The Toshiba NB520 is a standard netbook on the inside, except for a superb pair of speakers. On the outside a lovely keyboard makes for good user ergonomics and the colour scheme simply looks attractive. In a sea full of similar products, Toshiba has found good ways to make the NB520 stand out.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
Toshiba's NB520 might sport the same basic internals, screen and connectivity as most budget netbooks, but its rugged, stylish design, comfortable ergonomics and excellent battery life - combined with speakers that put many laptops to shame – mean there's still plenty to like. If you can live with its limitations, it's one of the most attractive netbooks around.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 60% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 90%
The Toshiba NB520 is priced at Rs. 21,490 which is just about right for its performance and features. The speakers sound great and the performance is a lot better thanks to the extra RAM and let’s not forget the sleep utility feature that helps save power. The keyboard and the bezel are not the best but after some getting used to, you won’t really have a problem with this netbook.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
While Toshiba's NB500-series is stylish across the board and the speakers on the higher-end models are certainly impressive, we can't help but think the NB550D's C50 CPU is poorly complemented by a sub-HD Ready screen and only 1GB of RAM (we hope a higher-specced model will be brought out soon). However, if its price remains below £300 it's likely to be a very strong contender, especially considering its premium feel and impressive battery life claims.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 02/17/2011
Source: SFT - 9/11
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 92%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 64% features: 77% display: 77% mobility: 87% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 81%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/22/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 30%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 40% display: 68% mobility: 94% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 89%
Source: Techno Zoom IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Blogeee FR→EN
Leistung, Akkulaufzeit und Klangqualität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2011
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 64% performance: 21% display: 42% mobility: 96% emissions: 70%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150: Integrated (shared memory) graphics card in the intel Atom N4xx CPUs. Minimally faster than an old GMA 950 and therefore not suited for 3D games or HD videos (only MPEG2 acceleration).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
N550: Dual core Atom with a TDP of only 8.5 Watt. Because of the slow clock speed of 1.5 GHz it may be sometimes even slower than a N465 Atom CPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.
78.55%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.