Toshiba's really cranking out the hardware this week, now launching the new 10.1-inch Mini NB250 netbook as well as updating the NB305's firepower. The company says it designed the NB250 to be "as easy on the budget as it is to carry" and at $299, it is quite wallet-friendly.

Key specs don't drift far from the norm, and both clamshells pack a similar kit: an LED-backlit 1024x600 display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455, up to a gig of DDR3 RAM, up to a 250GB HDD, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, a couple USB 2.0 ports, and a three or six-cell battery. Both ship with the Windows 7 Starter, although it appears XP is also an option for the NB305.


Priced at $379, the NB305 has a few niceties absent on the NB250. For instance, one of its USB ports supports Sleep-and-Charge, it has Bluetooth 2.1 and mobile broadband connectivity, a 3D impact sensor for data protection, and stereo speakers. It's also more efficient, boasting 11 hours of life on a six-cell battery versus the NB250's 8.5 hours.

The NB250 will be available this summer in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but a release date for North America isn't clear.