Before Google launched its Chromebooks with the help of Samsung and Acer, another company, Toshiba, tried to shoehorn Google’s other OS, Android, into the body of a laptop.
The Toshiba AC100-10U was, in many aspects, the precursor of the Chromebook and we’d dearly like the Japanese company to bring out a revamped version of the AC100 but with Chrome OS (or Gingerbread) rather than Android 2.1.
It is now available from Bigoffers for only £162, a clear sign that it has joined the bargain bin and is now officially being cleared out. That’s also around half the price of the cheapest 3G Chromebook. Designwise, it is possibly one of the best looking netbooks we’ve seen.
It is only 21mm thick and weighs a jaw dropping 870g. That’s only a fraction heavier than the Apple iPad 2 and yet the AC100 manages to cram a 10.1-inch 1024×600 pixel LED Backlit Trubrite screen with a battery that last more than six hours when playing video.
What’s more it has a webcam, Wi-Fi, 3G, a dual core Tegra 250 SoC, which is based on the Cortex A9 architecture and is what powers the Advent Vega, the Motorola Atrix and scores of other devices.
There’s 512MB RAM, 8GB SSD, a HDMI, a microSD card reader, USB 2.0 and mini USB, Bluetooth, two speakers and a number of utilities from Toshiba and its partners.