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Toshiba launches the NB500 and NB550D netbooks

20 January 2011


Sydney, AUSTRALIA –January 20, 2011.
Consumers can stream content to their TV, browse the web and listen to music in high quality thanks to Toshiba’s launch today of the NB550D and NB500 netbooks.

Designed to be the ultimate lightweight device, the new superior multi-media netbook experience allows users to also create quality content for social media networks as well as watch movies.

“The NB550D and NB500 netbooks fuse capable computing with advanced multimedia functionality,” said Justin White, Product Marketing Manager, Toshiba Information Systems Division (ISD).

“The launch of the new netbook series marks another stage of evolution in the netbook market from Toshiba. Our goal was to introduce several new features such as HDMI and premium Harman/Kardon® speakers in a lightweight portable media device,” he said.

The new range comes in five playful colours including: orange, blue, copper brown, lime green and black (only in the NB500). Each netbook weighs just over a kilo with the NB550D series powered by Intel’s Atom CPU and the NB500 by AMD’s Fusion processor.

Toshiba NB550D Netbook – the ultimate entertainment netbook

The NB550D netbook is designed for people who enjoy listening to music, watching videos and web-surfing whilst on the go. This is the world’s first netbook with embedded premium speakers from Harman/Kardon®. Together with Toshiba’s Sleep-and-Music function, the NB550D allows you to play music even if the PC is switched off.

The NB550D also includes advanced HD video capabilities and Dolby Advanced Audio settings for an impressive viewing experience. Plus, the HDMI connectivity combined with Toshiba’s Media Controller Software provides the convenience of being able to stream high quality content to your TV or other multimedia devices.

Toshiba NB500 Netbook – a netbook for everyone

The NB500 netbook offers the ultimate affordable portable device for work, home or school, with up to eight hours battery life. It provides faster data transfer with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity allowing users to surf the net quickly and easily. This stylish netbook features a lightweight thin design with soft black rubber casing. With a bright 10.1” display it also features a large touchpad with multi-touch control and fingerprint resistant palm rest.

“Toshiba’s new NB550D netbook goes above and beyond the usual expectations of features on a netbook,” said White. “HDMI functionality for example means you can take it anywhere, plug it in and essentially use it as your own multimedia player. For us it’s about creating smart products that make technology an enabler in people’s everyday lives and this new range really is testament to that commitment,” he added.

Full specifications and associated features of the NB500 and NB550D:

About Toshiba
Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$68 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

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