Toshiba Libretto W100 Disappoints, But Toshiba AC100 Android Cloud Companion Is Ultra Hot

Posted: Jul 16 2010, 7:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:27am CDT, in News | Notebooks and PCs

 
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Toshiba unveiled the Toshiba Libretto W100 Dual Touchscreen Laptop too much fanfare last month. On first glance the Libretto W100 notebook is a stunner offering a second touchscreen where you usually find a hardware keyboard.
This week I had a chance to go hands-on with the Libretto W100 at an event. For me the Libretto W100 lost its appeal, because it is a fat and heavy device. Windows 7 is apparently so hungry for power that Toshiba could not make the W100 thin and sexy.

For a price of above 1,000 Euro (~$1,300) you want a device that makes an Apple iPad look old. Despite the innovative dual touchscreens the W100 is not something I want, putting two iPads together with two hinges is the better way to go in my opinion.

Now where Toshiba excelled is with the new AC100 Android Cloud Companion. This 10,1-inch NVIDIA Tegra powered netbook is sexy as hell. I am not necessarily an Android fan, but if the OS is making devices possibly like the AC100 than it is very cool in my book.
The Toshiba AC100 is 14mm at its thinnest and weighs only 840g. Despite the thinness and lightness the AC100 feels very sturdy and the overall look is very stylish.
The Android 2.1 is highly responsive on the AC100 and I see Toshiba sell a ton of these devices starting next month. The netbook market will change dramatically this fall if other manufactures come out with Android or maybe Chrome OS netbooks similar to the AC100. More details about the AC100 can be found in our original coverage.

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