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Toshiba, $499 my­

★★★ This good thing comes in a small pack­age. Toshiba’s Mini NB550D looks like a net­book — al­beit a fash­ion­able one in a bright blue, spot­ted cover — but its in­ner work­ings are a bit smarter than you might ex­pect. It fea­tures AMD’s lat­est dual-core 1GHz pro­ces­sor, with a 374MB graph­ics pro­ces­sor as a backup. As a re­sult, this net­book is faster than av­er­age and, al­though it still isn’t suited to in­ten­sive pro­cess­ing tasks, it will do what you need it to at a greater speed. A 250GB hard drive, three USB ports and multi-touch track­pad don’t hurt, ei­ther, and the NB550D adds mul­ti­me­dia ex­per­tise with Har­man Kar­don speak­ers and an HDMI port.

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