Unboxing: Toshiba NB550D AMD Netbook (Netbooknews)

Updated on 30 January 2011 by

One of the biggest potential changes in the netbook market is being driven by AMD who think that high quality GPU and video decoding should be included. The C-50 / Ontario ‘APU’ is the part we need to take note of in the Fusion range and Netbooknews are now providing us with one of the first English language reports of an Ontario-powered device. This is the unboxing of the Toshiba N550d with a great Harmon Kardon speakers. The benchmarks will follow.
I’ve done my own analysis based on some reports that are already out there and I think that the X86 part of the platform is going to come in at just under Atom N550 performance. The 3D and HD performance will blow the Intel netbook platform, Pinetrail, away but it will be at the expense of about 10%-20% battery life. For those wanting 3D and HD video, its a small price to pay. For those more interested in general office-style computing, the high end dual core Atoms will probably be the way to go for the 1-1.3kg range of devices.

Via Netbooknews


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5 Comments For This Post

  1. jjsjjsva says:

    I have that Harman/Kardon speaker system on my Toshiba A655-S6054 laptop and there are the best laptop speaker bar none. Great for kicked-back DVD viewing or MP3 listening. On my laptop, the speakers are located above the keyboard such that the sound reflects of the LED backlight screen back to the user. No bass, but mids and highs are sweet!

  2. Patrick says:

    “For those more interested in general office-style computing, the high end dual core Atoms will probably be the way to go for the 1-1.3kg range of devices.”

    You are kidding, right?! You think that AMD E-350 APU can’t compete with dual core Atom? Ludicrous..

    http://www.slashgear.com/lenovo-announces-new-ultraportable-thinkpad-x120e-02122312/

  3. chippy says:

    We’re talking about ultra mobile computers here though.

  4. Patrick says:

    UMPC’s are 7″ devices or sub-800 gram devices IMHO but i would rather have a notbook than netbook. :)

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/31/editorial-the-rise-of-the-notbook-the-fall-of-the-netbook/

  5. chippy says:

    Yeah. That’s a good article. I hope we can get Notbooks in the 1kg range!

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