Unboxing: Toshiba NB550D AMD Netbook With Harman Kardon Speakers

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30 Jan, 2011 9:00 pm


The Toshiba NB550D has unique design unlike any other netbook on the market as it has Harman Kardon Speakers built into the palm rest.  This device comes with a  10.1 inch glossy display but instead of running an Intel Atom CPU, the NB 550D is based on the AMD Fusion APU (accelerated processing unit), which is composed of an AMD C-50 CPU (1GHz) and ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics. This APU supplies much better overall performance then a typical Intel Atom–based netbook and brings a bit of competition to the netbook category.

The NB550D looks great and feels good to use, its finish is rubberized and does not leave any finger print.  These speakers are from Harman Kardon and they are much better than what can be found on any netbook currently in the market.

Despite being only a 10.1in netbook, the NB550D is actually a little bigger than a typical netbook, thanks to a deep palm rest and a wider-than-usual bezel around the screen. If you look at the top of the unit it seems to have an extra inch of space.  If you ask me they could have made this one for the books if they had put a 11.6 inch screen in the 10.1 inch chassis.  Hey, LG did it with the Xnot P210, why not here ?  The keyboard is what you’ve come to expect from Toshiba with a good size that is very comfortable to type on; its Touchpad is also fairly big. Around the edges of the netbook, you’ll find three USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, headphone and microphone jacks and an HDMI port.

I’m in love with the finish and the fast that it has an HDMI port that can output to a television will make this attractive to a wider audience.  It is a shame that this $450 netbook isn’t going to be leaving the EU & APAC region for the US.
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  • Anonymous

    man if toshiba released a tablet this awesome they’d have no problem parting me with my money. The price is kinda suckish though for the price I was hoping for Zacate.

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  • Anonymous

    Nice video. I suppose the only thing they could have been thinking with that speaker placement is that you would only use them when in a ‘passive’ mode and not actively typing, such as watching a movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Fubukii Jeanick Bonjour

    The only thing which disappoint me is the screen resolution, only 1024×600 the netbooks are used to offer …

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  • Tpfoundation

    they could easily fit a 11 inch screen on there. i dont understand why netbooks have to be 10.1 ALWAYS hmmm

  • Ombakbiru2006

    I’m not expert, but you should use DXVA for HD video playback!

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  • Boss_hogg

    Bought one today and very happy with the netbook. It looks and feels great. Upgraded to Windows 7 for £15, bough Microsoft Office for Student for £30 and extra RAM which I have installed after loading the software and used it for a while. The extra RAM does give it the performance boost as it was inclined to spend some time internally processing. It is now visibly quicker. The speaker system is a delight as I have bought it for travel (train, airport and in particular hotel use) so all in very happy. I have decided to avoid loading much data on to the hard drive so I’m using an 16gb SD card which slots in the front for iTunes and documents.