Intel Atom vs AMD Brazos - Lord of the Netbooks

Pretty Toshibas

Pretty Toshibas

Before we delve into the benchmarks, let's take a quick look at the Toshiba netbooks. The unit sports pretty standard connectivity options like USB ports, video-out and audio jacks. The design is bright, eye catching, and we quite like the funky colors of both netbooks. The plastic exterior is also non glossy, which means no ugly fingerprints marring the surface.

There are two USB 2.0 ports located on the right side.

On the left side, you'll find the LAN port, a VGA output, another USB port and the audio jacks. Note too, the slim profile of the netbook. Also, the AMD version has a HDMI port instead of a VGA-out port.

Flipping open the top cover, the same exterior design elements continue within. While space is tight on a netbook, Toshiba has managed to squeeze in a decently sized keyboard and the addition of two Harman Kardon speakers. With the netbooks having such a slim frame, we're wondering if the output from the speakers would feel flaky and weak. Happily, this was not the case in our extended trials. Audio output sounded pretty impressive from such a (relatively) small device.

Here she is with the notebook opened up. Notice the keyboard has been designed to maximize the given width of the device.

We found typing on the keyboard to be quite satisfactory. Toshiba has done a great job in maximizing the size of the keys, and viewed from this angle, it looks like the keys are about to spill over at the sides.

The audio performance from a 10-inch netbook was surprising, as you normally don't expect audio volume and quality from a device of this size.