While AMD was largely absent from the netbook and thin-and-light laptop space for the past few years, the company is making pretty big inroads this summer. Dell, Acer, HP, Samsung, and other major PC makers have introduced models with AMD’s new Nile-based chips. And the folks at Laptop Magazine have published one of the first reviews of the latest AMD-based ultraportable laptop from Toshiba, the Toshiba Satellite T215D.
I’m still waiting for Toshiba to send me a test unit to review, but according to Laptop Magazine, this budget model with a $469 price tag and a single Core 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor offers decent performance and an attractive design. It weighs just 3.3 pounds and has an attractive chrome-style design. But the reviewer thought the keyboard felt cramped and that the touchpad buttons could have been better positioned.
Performance-wise, the notebook is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from a machine with an AMD K125 CPU. It’s far faster than an Intel Atom powered netbook, but not quite as fast as a machine with an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 CULV chip. On the other hand, the ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics are much more powerful than integrated Intel graphics.
You can find more details and photos at Laptop Magazine.