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Toshiba NB520-108

alaTest has collected and analyzed 281 reviews of Toshiba NB520-108. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the image quality. There are some mixed comments about the performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba NB520-108 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Toshiba NB520-108 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People really like the screen and sound. The battery and usability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed views about the size.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba NB520-10R Intel Atom N570, 1GB, 250GB, 10.1", W7 Starter, Harman Kardon speakers, Bluetooth, BlueToshiba NB520-10R Intel Atom N570, 1GB, 250GB, 10.1", W7 Starter, Harman Kardon speakers, Bluetooth, Blue

May, 2018

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Review Toshiba NB520-108 Netbook


Sound miracle. As a counterpart to its AMD Fusion NB550D sister

Solid feel; Constantly cool case; Well laid-out keyboard; Touchpad with good feedback; Good sound with subwoofer; Good battery life; Low energy consumption

Fan constantly perceptible and restless; Low performance; Long charging time of 4:30 hours; TFT not anti-glare; Limited brightness for outdoors; Few connection ports

Why does Samsung manage to keep perfect control of its netbook fan while Toshiba on the other hand does not?

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : YugaTech (

Toshiba NB520 with Harman Kardon Review


The Toshiba NB520 gets the title of being the world's first netbook to sport a Harman Kardon speakers, a name very well known in the high-fidelity audio industry. Check out our full review after the jump.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Jeff Parsons (

Toshiba NB520-10U review


An attractive netbook with ace sound and great battery life

Good sound quality ; Connectivity ; Build quality ; Battery life

Performance ; Small keyboard

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Toshiba NB520-108 review


Surprising audio performance and battery life from this solid netbook

Good sound quality ; Solid build quality ; Excellent battery life ; Features

No DVD drive ; Dodgy keyboard

May, 2011

Expert review by : Ashish Koshy (

Toshiba NB520: Sounds Great and Performs Well - Tech2


Toshiba's NB520 does substantially better than your average netbook and at a good price.

Publish date: February 17, 2011 1:23 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:20 pm

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Ashish Koshy (

Toshiba NB520: Sounds Great and Performs Well


Just a few days back we saw the ASUS 1015PEM, sporting a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor. It still wasn't the best in terms of performance. So what does Toshiba's NB520, which boasts of almost the same specs, have to offer? Design The NB520...

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...

Feb, 2011

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Toshiba NB 520 review


The Toshiba NB520 has the same basic specification that you'll see on a lot of netbooks - a 320GB hard disk, 1GB of memory and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600. It's not exactly a processing powerhouse, with it only achieving an overall score of 11 in our...

A great media-playing netbook, despite its low screen resolution

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Kat Orphanides (

Toshiba NB520-124 review


A great media-playing netbook, despite its low screen resolution

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Toshiba NB520


Toshiba's latest 10.1in netbook might sport the same old Atom internals, but it's the most stylish and best-sounding netbook we've reviewed.

Great speakers, Stylish design, Good build, Comfortable ergonomics, Affordable

Limited connectivity, Basic specifications, Average, sub-HD screen

May, 2011

Expert review by : Niall Magennis (

Toshiba NB520 review


Most netbooks are so similar that, when something slightly different comes along, we get all giddy, like a teenager queuing for the Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park. The 10.1-inch Toshiba NB520 is just such a machine, sporting a dual-core Intel Atom...

Dual-core processor; good screen; best audio we've heard from a netbook; great battery life.

Design isn't as slick as that of some rivals; no HDMI port.

The Toshiba NB520 netbook might lack the flashy design of some of its competitors, but decent performance, great speakers and impressive overall usability mean it's good value for money.

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:24-bit / Dolby Advanced / Harman Kardon / HD / Realtek ALC269Q-VB5-GR
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Audio system manufacturer:Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with Dolby Advanced Audio
Audio system maximum sampling rate:192
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon


Battery Capacity:10.8 / 5800
Battery life (max):10 / 10h00min / 11 / 8
Battery performance:10.8 / 5800
Battery Technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Certification:- ENERGY STAR 5.0\n- CE / 530 – 1710 / Energy Star 5.0, CE
Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Blue / Brown / Green / Orange
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Netbook

Disk Drive

Hard disk desktop or notebook?:Notebook
Hard disk height:0.374


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:128:75 / 16:9 / 5:3
Contrast ratio (typical):400:1
Display Diagonal:10.1
Display Resolution:1024 x 600
Display response rise/fall:16
HD type:Not supported
LCD brightness levels 1-8:10
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.00856 x 0.00822
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / autosensing AC adapter for worldwide usage
AC adapter output current:1.58
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:30
Power supply:30


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.001 / 0.218 / 0.25 / 0.256
Maximum Resolution:1.400 x 1.050 / 1400 x 1050
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 400
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.25
On-board graphics adapter model:Integrated / Intel GMA 3150

Hard Drive

Hard disk desktop or notebook?:Notebook
Hard disk height:0.374


Keyboard euro key:Y
Keyboard function keys:15
Keyboard key pitch:0.748
Keyboard key stroke:0.0630
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:86
Keyboard Special Features:Matt black keyboard
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:1 / 2
Memory clock speed:1066 / 800
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10 / 10,100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Fast LAN, WLAN
Networking topology:Fast Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless compliancy:Wi-Fi

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 393.7
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):10 - 90
Non-operating shock with/without CD-ROM drive installed:- (60G)
Non-operating vibration with/without CD-ROM drive installed:- (1G)
Operating altitude:0 - 118.1
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating shock with/without CD-ROM drive installed:- (10G)
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration with/without CD-ROM drive installed:- (0.5G)
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio system:24-bit / Dolby Advanced / Harman Kardon / HD / Realtek ALC269Q-VB5-GR
Battery recharge time (off):4
Battery recharge time (on):12
Battery Type:main
Bundled hardware:AC Adapter
Casework:polycarbonate ABS
Compatible operating systems:Genuine Windows 7 Starter 32-bit (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery)
Dimensions (WxDxH):10.3 x 7.48 x 0.654
Drive device, buffer size:8192
Expansion type:1 x memory slot
Graphics:GMA 3150 / GMA 3650
Graphics adapter:GMA 3150 / GMA 3650
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y / Yes
Internal video mode, resolution:1.024 x 600
L2 cache:2
Power Requirements:100/240 V / 100/240V
Security Features:HDD password on request; supervisor password; slot for Kensington Cable Lock; user password
Special Features:ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified computer; SM BIOS compliant; HD Audio supporting; Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Wireless communication data transfer rate:WB195 ; 2.1 + EDR
Wireless communication version:2.1 / WB195 ; 2.1 + EDR
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / 802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g/n / Wireless LAN / Wireless LAN; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (upgrade to Bluetooth 3.0 downloadable from Toshiba Support webpage)

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included: Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Power cord included: Yes


GPS (satellite):N / No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x external monitor; 2 (Right 2) x USB 2.0; 1 x headphone (stereo); 1 x RJ-45; 1 x DC-in; 1 x integrated VGA Web Camera with built-in microphone; 1 x SD Card Reader (supports SD Card up to 2 GB, miniSD/microSD Card with adapter up to 2 GB, SDHC Card up to 32 GB and MultiMedia Card up to 2 GB); 1 x external microphone supporting Sleep-and-Music; 1 (Left) x USB 2.0 supporting Sleep-and-Charge
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Wired communication chipset:RTL8105E
Wired communication connector:RJ-45
Wired communication features:Wake-On-LAN, remote boot
Wired communication manufacturer:RealTek
Wired communication type:RTL8105E
Wireless communication manufacturer:Atheros


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / autosensing AC adapter for worldwide usage
AC adapter output current:1.58
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:30
Power supply:30


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel NM10
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Y
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel NM10
Motherboard manufacturer:Intel
Number of Processing Die Transistors:17
Processing die size:87
Processor:N2600 / N550 / N570
Processor cache:1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Cedarview / Pineview
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.6 / 1.66
Processor front side bus:667 / 800
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:N2600 / N550 / N570
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom N2600 series
Processor socket:BGA559
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):3.5 / 8.5

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):N
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:50154 / 55637 / 58916
Processor code:SR0W2
Processor package size:22 x 22
Supported instruction sets:SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3 / SSE2,SSE3,SSSE3
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:HDD, Supervisor, User / Supervisor, User
Password protection type:HDD, Supervisor, User / Supervisor, User


Bundled software:640 x 240 NTSC\n640 x 256 PAL\n640 x 480 NTSC\n640 x 512 PAL / 7.09 x 13.9 x 16 / ASF, AVCHD, AVI, H.264, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, WMV / EPEAT Gold, RoHS, BSMI, CE, FCC, GOST, SEMKO, TCO 5.1, TUV Ergo, TUV/GS, UL/cUL / JPEG/MP3 / Toshiba Bluetooth Stack \nToshiba Disc Creator \nChicony Camera Assistant \nToshiba Value Added Package\nWildTangent Games Console \nToshiba Recovery Media Creator \nNero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup Essentials \nSkype \nWindows Live Essentials \neBay \nBuy \nGoogle Chrome and Google Search \nNero KwikMedia \nToshiba Places and Music Place \nConnectivity Doctor \nConfigFree / Toshiba Bluetooth Stack \nToshiba Disc Creator \nSupervisor Password Utility \nToshiba Assist \nChicony Camera Assistant \nToshiba Value Added Package\nWildTangent Games Console \nToshiba Recovery Media Creator, \nNero BackItUp & Burn Essentials Auto Backup \nSkype \nWindows Live Essentials \neBay \nAmazon \nToshiba Accessories & Services \nGoogle Chrome and Google Search \nNero Kwik Media \nToshiba Places & Music Place \nConnectivity Doctor \nConfigFree / Toshiba Bluetooth Stack\nToshiba Bluetooth Monitor\nToshiba Disque Creator\nSupervisor Password Utility\nToshiba Assist\nChicony Camera Assistant Software\nToshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support)\nWildTangent Games Console\nToshiba Photo Service\nToshiba Recovery Media Creator\nNero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup Essentials\nSkype\nBing Toolbar & Bing Search\nWindows Live Essentials\neBay\nAmazon\nNero Multimedia Suite 10 Essential\nToshiba Accessories and Services\nToshiba Music Place\nConnectivity Doctor\nToshiba ConfigFree / Toshiba Disc Creator / Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support)\nSoftware Chicony Camera Assistant\nToshiba Assist\nToshiba Disc Creator\nConfigFree\nConnectivity Doctor\nToshiba Bluetooth Stack / Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Server2003\nMac OS X version 10.2.8 -10.5.x\nLinux
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Starter
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security / McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Word & Excel / Microsoft Word & Excel, McAfee Internet Security


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MiniSD, MMC, SD, SDHC / MiniSD, MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1.024 / 250 / 320

Technical Details

Volume dial:by hot key function


2D graphics accelerator:Y
External video adapter resolution:1.280 x 1.024; 1.024 x 768; 1.400 x 1.050; 800 x 600
External video modes max. refresh rate:85
External video modes max. resolution:1400 x 1050
External video modes maximum refresh rate (non interlaced):85
External video modes non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate:1.400 x 1.050 / 1400 x 1050
External video modes refresh rate (max):85
External video modes resolution (max):1400 x 1050

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:6.1
Height (front):0.654
Height (rear):1.4