Toshiba intros NB520 series netbooks featuring Harman Kardon speakers

If you think there’s nothing exciting left to expect in the world of netbooks, think again. Toshiba came up with the first netbook to ever feature Harman Kardon speakers, audio that is usually reserved for high-end entertainment laptops and luxury cars.

Toshiba N520

The new Toshiba N520 series netbooks has the latest Intel Atom processor, the dual-core N550 clocking at 1.5GHz along with 1GB or 2GB DDR3 RAM. Aside from that, specs are pretty much vanilla for a netbook but the highlight of the N520 is the Harman/Kardon Stereo Speakers located on both ends of the palm rest.

The Harman/Kardon speakers are nice alright but it’s only rated at 2W so don’t expect you’ll get the same experience when watching a movie in your home theater. Upon trying it out, it sounds like the small but powerful x-Mini speakers. Audio is not clangy like normal laptop speakers but it’s not as smooth and clear as compared to using a nice pair of high-performance earphones. What it does is replace your external speakers that you’ve been connecting to your laptop every time you listen to some tunes.

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It also has the Sleep and Charge feature that makes it a portable USB charger for your other gadgets when needed. No need to turn it on, just connect your device via USB and it will charge it if there’s juice left on your netbooks battery.

The Toshiba N520 series comes in 5 colors (Striking Lime Green, Warm Brown, Daring Sunlight Copper, Joyful Blue, Sophisticated Turqoise) with engraved dot patterns and a rubber textured feeling. Don’t ask me how they came up with those names but the netbooks look awfully nice and would really appeal to the hip youngsters out there.

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Toshiba N520 Specs and Price:

  • Intel Atom Processor N550 (1M Cache, 1.5GHz)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter
  • 1GB or 2GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
  • 10.1 WSVGA SuperView TFT Display, 1024 x 600
  • Intel GMA 3150 Express Chipset
  • 250GB or 320GB SATA HDD
  • Harman/Kardon Stereo Speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3 x USB 2.0, 2-in1 card reader
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion
  • Starting from 1.32 kg
  • SRP: Php23,990 (1GB and 250GB HD) and Php25,990 (2GB and 320GB HD)
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  • Wow! Toshiba is known for expensive laptops that rivals that of Sony VAIO. But these netbooks are competitively priced!

    • not much quite like VAIO but yeah, they really make good laptops at a competitive price.

      • Edxel

        how much???

    • DINO

      i’ve bought one. Nice netbook & value for money. the harman kardon stereo speaker really great….

      • Congrats Dino. it’s indeed one nice-looking netbook and the speakers are a nice addition too.

        • Sersi

          Will we have the nb550d here in the Philippines anytime soon?

  • Kristine

    I have one, and it is great. I initially wanted a vaio but since that was to expensive I opted for this and it performs just as well. I also love the exterior and looks really really nice. Although I haven’t learned how to use the sleep and charge and playing music while on sleep mode.