Pay less than $2,000 for a high-performing Toshiba notebook

Power users might yawn at the 100-MHz Pentium chip and sluggish 772M hard drive in the
Satellite 200CDS notebook computer from Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. But
they'll smile at the bottom line: less than $2,000.

 For a bargain-basement model, the 200CDS performed better in GCN Lab testing than
similar notebooks costing twice as much. It earned a strong second place among seven
100-MHz Pentium notebooks we tested last year, well ahead of offerings from Digital
Equipment Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp.

 The 100-MHz notebook that performed better than the Toshiba was Dell Computer
Corp.'s Latitude LM. It costs $1,000 more.

 The Satellite 200CDS' biggest drawback was a lethargic hard drive that pulled among
the lowest scores seen on our GCNdex32TM benchmark. The only lower score went to a
notebook from Texas Instruments Inc., which recently sold its mobile division to Acer
America Corp.  

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