Toshiba has launched its first 'netbook', with the Toshiba NB100 taking on the likes of Asus' Eee PC in the fast growing market for cheap ultraportables.

Based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom chip, Toshiba's NB100 runs either Windows XP Home or Ubuntu Linux 8.04 and includes 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. Other features include support for 802.11b/g, 10/100 Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and a 0.3-megapixel webcam.

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The Windows model ships with a Microsoft Office trial, as well as the full version of Microsoft Works 8.5, while the Linux version comes with OpenOffice 2.4 pre-installed.

Available in either black, gold or silver, the NB100, which has an 8.9in screen, is expected to launch in the UK next month for £260.

Toshiba NB100