Toshiba AC100 Review and Why Smartbooks Aren’t That Popular

Announced last month, the Toshiba AC100 smartbook looked to be a promising competitor to many netbooks on the market. However, as noted in their review, the Toshiba smartbook came up short in many areas.

The Toshiba AC100 smartbook combines features of a netbook with a smartphone operating system, Google Android. Though Android has become quite popular in many smartphones, it has yet to take off on most tablets, netbooks, and other devices, due to the lack of access to the Android Market. This combined with the small amount of software written for Android leaves the Toshiba AC100 experience with little to be desired.

Despite the mobile operating system and low-power Tegra processor, the AC100 only achieves 4.5 hours of video playback. The only real advantages that the AC100 boasts are its small form factor, its ability to play 1080p video, and its comfortable keyboard.

For more pictures and information, check out’s full review.

Review of the Toshiba AC100’s Specifications

  • 10.1-inch display (1024×600)
  • 1GHz ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra TM250
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8 32GB of flash storage
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi (optional 3G)
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI
  • USB/mini USB (only for mouse, keyboard, or external hard drive)
  • SD card slot
  • 8 hour battery life (180 hours of standby)
  • Google Android 2.1
  • 1.9 pounds

Via Engadget,

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