Highly-Rated Netbook $100 Off
One of the better 10" netbooks is now heavily discounted at NewEgg.com. It is the Toshiba NB205, which received Editors' Choice awards from both PC Magazine and Laptop Magazine - an impressive feat. This netbook that has been my travel companion for the last 7 months. The keyboard is very good for this class of netbook and the screen is bright and sharp. I especially like the built-in Bluetooth radio. It lets me use a variety of wireless peripherals (mouse, stereo headset, cell phone headset) without a USB dongle. It also lets me wirelessly tether my cell phone for web access when there is no Wi-Fi available. But my favorite feature is its six-cell battery that provides up to nine hours of run time on a charge. Why the large price drop? Toshiba introduced an updated model with Windows 7 Starter Edition. The model discounted by NewEgg has Windows XP Home, which I have found to run well on this hardware in my frequent trips between Florida and Michigan to argue appellate cases. With the long battery life, I can work at the airport while waiting to board, again on the plane (especially with several carriers now offering in-flight Wi-Fi), and also after I land - all without looking for an electrical outlet. Using my NB205 with Microsoft's free Live Mesh sync/backup service has been great. Anytime I can get on-line with my netbook, I have access to the most recent versions of all my client files. Changes I make to files and documents while traveling automatically sync with my primary desktop computer back home via the web. If I create new documents while on the road, they are waiting for me on my desktop PC when I return. For details on my use of Live Mesh, see my prior posts.