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Toshiba NB550D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 401 reviews of Toshiba NB550D. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, 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 battery also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the glare and memory. The energy efficiency and screen get mixed views.

usability, battery, portability, size, design

memory, glare

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba NB550D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Toshiba NB550D (AMD Fusion) Netbook

 

Goodbye to Atom? The NB550D is Toshiba's latest flagship netbook, featuring the new AMD C-50 APU along with an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics unit and high-quality Harman Kardon speakers. Is it the perfect entertainer for €349, even without a matt HD...

Workmanship and colours, Easy to upgrade, Acceptable range of ports, Good touchpad, Smooth HD playback, Efficient cooling system, Harman Kardon loudspeakers, Impressive battery life, The rubberized surfaces, the long battery life and the comfortable...

Keyboard layout and lettering, Glossy display with standard resolution, Poor contrast and depth of black, Too much pre-installed bloatware, Mediocre office performance (1 GB RAM), Few accessories, A base configuration of 2 GB of RAM, and a better,...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Mike (netbooklive.net)

Toshiba NB550D review – a proof AMD netbooks rock!

 

Had the chance to play with two Toshiba netbooks these last weeks and this post is a review of the Toshiba NB550D. Like I've told you in my review of the Toshiba NB500/NB505, there a bunch of different de...

nice design, good materials used for the casing and solid build quality ; special attention to details and port's layout ; partially full-size keyboard ; amazing speakers ; good performances, especially in multimedia apps and games ; very good battery...

glossy bezel around the screen and glossy display ; trackpad is sometimes unresponsive and unprecisse ; keyboard's layout will take some time to addapt to ; does get a bit hot and noisy ;

For years I've been waiting for the moment AMD will bring a competitive hardware platform on netbooks. And despite the long expectations, they finally did it. The AMD powered Toshiba NB550D manages to gather several important qualities under the same...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Nicole Scott (tweaktown.com)

Toshiba NB550D AMD Fusion Netbook w/ Harman Kardon Speakers Review

 

The Toshiba NB550D is a strong netbook choice for multimedia with its AMD C-50 Fusion chipset and integrated Harman Kardon Speakers.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: What Laptop (techradar.com)

Toshiba NB550D review

 

By far the best netbook we've seen in a long time and very easy to recommend

Decent graphics performance ; Build quality ; Good screen ; AMD Fusion ; Storage

Office performance

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Holmes (pocket-lint.com)

Toshiba NB550D-10G mini

 

One of the first notebooks with AMD's new “APU” - that's a CPU and discrete GPU combined into one - packed into the case of a netbook that's also crammed with extras like Harman Kardon speakers, the Toshiba NB550 mini is a bit different. Is it an...

The AMD processor and graphics combination makes for a speedier netbook, battery life is good and the audio quality is excellent for this size of notebook

Slow hard drive and a basic version of Windows cramp the NB550D's style, the speaker placement in the cramped netbook form factor is a little awkward

Like the slow hard drive, getting Windows Starter is an example of the way the NB550 isn't a particularly well balanced system. Putting something more powerful than the Atom into a netbook form factor reveals that there are other disadvantages to the...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Toshiba NB550D netbook

 

Toshiba NB550 netbook review: AMD Fusion-powered netbook with HDMI port

HDMI port, good performance for a netbook, good speakers, good build quality and looks

Battery life not great, video playback was a little choppy on a Full HD television, touchpad texture was a little too rough, very reflective screen

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Toshiba NB550D netbook

 

Toshiba NB550 netbook review: AMD Fusion-powered netbook with HDMI port

HDMI port, good performance for a netbook, good speakers, good build quality and looks

Battery life not great, video playback was a little choppy on a Full HD television, touchpad texture was a little too rough, very reflective screen

The Toshiba NB550D netbook uses the AMD Fusion platform to supply good overall performance and better-than-usual multimedia features for a netbook. Its HDMI port allows users to connect it directly to a big-screen TV and its Harmon Kardon speakers...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Toshiba NB550D review

 

There's just one important thing to know about Toshiba's NB550D. Forget the lightweight, slimline build and 10 hour battery life. They're good, but find us a netbook that you can't say that about these days and we'd be impressed. What makes the NB550D...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (techadvisor.co.uk)

Toshiba NB550D-10G review

 

It's been about three years now since the first netbook appeared. In the early days of these mini laptops' popularity, we saw some interesting developments around the idea of a fast booting, small screen laptop, available to buy for just a couple of...

The application of AMD’s new chipset energizes this otherwise conventional 10in netbook. For anyone looking for a relatively affordable 10in laptop with low-resolution screen that can run Windows subjectively decently fast, the Toshiba NB550D-10G would...

Jun, 2011

Recommended!

Expert review by: Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

Toshiba NB550D

 

With AMD Fusion innards in an attractive and ergonomic shell, Toshiba's premium yet affordable 10.1in netbook makes for a strong contender.

Great speakers ; Stylish, classy design ; Soft-touch lid and palm rests ; Full HD video and HDMI ; Good build quality

Only 1GB of RAM ; No USB 3.0 ; Slow CPU

Like the NB520, Toshiba's NB550 is very attractive andwell-built. Its AMD Fusion innards give it the ability to handle Full HD videoon and off-line as well as providing an HDMI-output, strengths which put it astep above most budget netbooks. Other...

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:
Audio system:24-bit / 24-bit Harman Kardon / Dolby Advanced Audio / Harman Kardon / HD / HDA / 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

Battery Capacity:10.8
Battery life (max):9 / 9.3 / 9.5 / 9h30min
Battery performance:10.8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:19
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Certificates

Certification:- ENERGY STAR 5.0\n- CE / Energy Star 5.0 / The manufacturer declares that this product complies with the following directives and regulations for the CE-marking. Responsible for CE marking is Toshiba Europe GmbH, Hammfelddam 8, 41460 Neuss, Germany.
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

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

Disk Drive

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

Display

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: / No
Discrete graphics memory type:
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.001 / 0.374 / 0.95 / 950
Maximum Resolution:1024 x 600
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 6000
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.365
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6250 / AMD Radeon HD 6290

Hard Drive

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

Keyboard

Keyboard euro key:Y
Keyboard function keys:15
Keyboard key pitch:0.748
Keyboard key stroke:0.0689
Keyboard language:Dutch
Keyboard number of keys:86
Keyboard Special Features:Matt black keyboard
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: / Yes

Memory

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

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G:N / No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Networking topology:Fast Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 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

Audio system:24-bit / 24-bit Harman Kardon / Harman Kardon / HD / HDA
Battery recharge time (off):4
Battery recharge time (on):12
Battery Type:main
Bundled hardware:AC Adaptor
Casework:polycarbonate ABS
Compatible operating systems:Genuine Windows 7 Starter 32-bit (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery) / McAfee Internet Security
Dimensions (WxDxH):10.3 x 7.48 x 0.654
Display:TFT
Drive device, buffer size:8192
Expansion type:1 x memory slot
Graphics:Radeon HD 6250 / Radeon HD 6250M / Radeon HD 6290
Graphics adapter:Radeon HD 6250 / Radeon HD 6250M / Radeon HD 6290
Graphics adapter family: / AMD / ATI / Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Internal video mode, resolution:1.024 x 600
L2 cache:1 / 512
Power Requirements:100/240 V / 100/240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
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 support; AMD PowerNow! Technology
Wireless communication data transfer rate:3
Wireless communication version:3
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 + HS; Wireless LAN / IEEE 802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
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: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 external microphone supporting Sleep-and-Music; 1 (Left) x USB 2.0 supporting Sleep-and-Charge; 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, SDXC Card up to 64 GB and MultiMedia Card up to 2 GB)
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
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

Power

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

Processor

Chipset:AMD A50M
Motherboard chipset:AMD A50M
Motherboard manufacturer:AMD
Processor:C-30 / C-50 / C-60
Processor boost frequency:1.3 / 1.33
Processor cache:0.5 / 1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:2
Processor family:AMD C / AMD Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1 / 1.2 / 1.3
Processor Manufacturer: / AMD
Processor model:C-30 / C-50 / C-60
Processor threads:2

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel Active Management Technology: 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 HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
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® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:17.1 x 8.1 x 1.5 / Adobe Acrobat Reader\nAdobe Flash Player\nASUS Launcher\nASUS WebStorage\nMaxxAudio\nSKYPE / Amazon \nBing Toolbar and Bing Search \nConnectivity Doctor \nNero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup Essentials \nNero Multimedia Suite 10 Essential \nSkype \nToshiba Accesories and Services \nToshiba Assist \nToshiba Bluetooth® Monitor \nToshiba Bluetooth® Stack \nToshiba Camera Assistant Software \n\nToshiba ConfigFree\nToshiba Disc Creator \nToshiba Music Place \nToshiba Photo Service \nToshiba Recovery Media Creator \nToshiba Supervisor Password Utility \nToshiba User's Manual \nWildTangent Games Console \nWindows Live Essentials / Amazon \neBay / Amazon \nSkype \neBay / JPEG/MP3 / Michele Jaffe / Microsoft Office Starter 2010\nNero Multimedia Suite 10 Essential\nToshiba Disc Creator / Microsoft Office Starter 2010\nToshiba Recovery Media Creator / Stack Bluetooth\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 & Services\nToshiba Music Place\nConnectivity Doctor\nToshiba ConfigFree / Toshiba Bluetooth Stack\nToshiba Bluetooth Monitor\nToshiba Disc Creator\nToshiba Assist\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)\nToshiba Photo Service\nToshiba Recovery Media Creator\nNero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup Essentials\nSkype\nBing Toolbar & Bing Search\nWindows Live Essentials\neBay\nAmazon\nMicrosoft Office Starter 2010\nNero Multimedia Suite 10 Essential\nToshiba Accesories & Services\nToshiba Music Place\nConnectivity Doctor\nConfigFree / Toshiba Bluetooth Stack\nToshiba Bluetooth Monitor\nToshiba Disc Creator\nToshiba Assist\nWildTangent Games Console\nToshiba Photo Service\nToshiba Recovery Media Creator\nNero BackItUp & Burn Autobackup Essentials\nBing Toolbar & Bing Search\nAmazon\nMicrosoft Office Starter 2010\nNero Multimedia Suite 10 Essential\nToshiba Music Place\nConnectivity Doctor\nConfigFree / Toshiba Disc Creator / Toshiba Disc Creator\nMcAfee Internet Security\n
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 (30) / McAfee Internet Security, / McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Word & Excel / Microsoft Word & Excel, McAfee Internet Security / Microsoft Word and Excel, McAfee Internet Security

Storage

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

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No
Volume dial:by hot key function

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:6.1
Depth:7 / 7.48
Height (front):0.654 / 1
Height (rear):1.4 / 2
Weight:2 / 2.91
Width:10 / 10.3