News Categories

Surpassing the Netbook’s Frontiers With the New Toshiba NB500 Series

By Joy Hou - on 13 Dec 2010, 1:41pm

Surpassing the Netbook’s Frontiers With the New Toshiba NB500 Series

Announcing Toshiba’s latest NB520 as the world’s first netbook with embedded premium Harman/Kardon speakers, and another value-line model, NB505.

SINGAPORE, 14th December 2010 – Toshiba’s Singapore Computer Systems Division (CSD), a division of Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd, today unveiled two new models of its netbook family: the NB505 and the NB520, targeting at users who want a slim and stylish netbook with enhanced sound features.

The NB520 series offers the world’s first netbook with embedded premium speakers from Harman/Kardon, extending a superb entertainment experience with vibrant sound. Both the NB505 and NB520 series will be available during the first quarter of 2011 throughout South and South East Asia.

“Offering a magic sound experience by embedding the world’s smallest Harman/Kardon speakers on a laptop in a slim and stylish casing, the NB520 meets a yet unfulfilled user’s demand in the netbook market”, said Ms Wong Wai Meng, Senior Manager of Product Marketing, Toshiba’s Computer Systems Division.


Vibrant bass and crystal clear trebles

Despite its diminutive size, the NB520 packs a powerful sonic punch with its 2watts Harman/Kardon stereo speakers, giving sound volume and quality not normally associated with netbooks. They support Dolby Advanced Audio to provide a natural sound experience while listening to music or watching videos in HD quality (720p) on the netbook. Coupled with the Sleep and Music feature, the NB520 allows consumers who store their favorite music tracks on a MP3 player to connect their gadget to the netbook and listen to the music through the Harman/Kardon speakers without requiring to turn the PC on.

The slim NB505 series offers users everyday computing consumption needs. As second member in Toshiba’s new netbook family, the NB505 series is targeted at users who appreciate a slim, mobile device with basic computing consumption features at a very affordable price. Despite the affordable price, the NB505 is one of the thinnest and lightest netbooks on the market featuring an Intel AtomTM dual-core processor.


Pleasing to all senses

While the NB505’s and NB520’s subtle look with shiny metallic reflections and engraved dot patterns is pleasing to the eye, the paint with its rubber textured feeling is appealing to the touch. A selection of five fresh color variations - Warm Brown, Joyful Blue, Striking Lime Green, Daring Sunlight Copper, Sophisticated Turquoise – give customers a wide choice to express their personality.


Easy Connectivity and Usability

The NB500 series features 3x USB ports, integrated webcam, and Bluetooth V3.0 High Speed which offers up to 8x faster data transfer. The NB520 series also comes with USB Sleep-and-Charge feature whereby users can charge their electronic devices without turning the PC on.

Toshiba’s exclusive value-added software tools like the Toshiba Reel Time and Toshiba Bulletin Board are also pre-installed in the NB500 series. These interfaces help users to locate recent files easily and the latter allows them to customize and manage their daily activities. To top it off, it features Power-Saving Eco-Utility software which helps to conserve our environment by lowering power consumption and giving the netbook a longer battery life.


Detail Specifications:

Model No NB505 NB520
CPU Technology

Intel Atom Processor N550 (1M Cache, 1.50GHz)

Operating System Windows 7 Starter
Chipset Intel NM10 Express Chipset
System Memory* 1024MB/2048MB DDR3 1333MHz
Display 10.1-inch WSVGA Clear SuperView TFT display, 1024 x600
Graphics Intel GMA 3150 Express Chipset, up to 250MB total available
graphics memory with 1GB system memory
Hard Disk*

250GB (SATA) with shock absorbers
320GB (SATA) with shock absorbers

Pointing Device Multi TouchPad with Gesture Support
Communications Integrated 802.11bgn WLAN, 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN,
Bluetooth V3.0 High Speed
Built-in Camera Built-in Web Camera with SmartFace Technology
Sound System Built-in Speaker (Mono) Harmon Kardon Stereo Speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio,
16-bit Stereo with Intel High definition Audio
Interfaces 3 x USB 2.0, RGB, External Mic (stereo), Internal Mic, External Headphone (stereo),
2-in-1 Card Reader (supports SD Card, Multimedia Card)
Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium Ion
262 x 190 x 16.6/35.5mm
Weight Starting from 1.32kg

*depends on configurations


Actual features and specifications vary according to model. For more information, please visit

Join HWZ's Telegram channel here and catch all the latest tech news!
Our articles may contain affiliate links. If you buy through these links, we may earn a small commission.