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 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.