Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340 13″ Review

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00N99FXIS” cloaking=”default” height=”144″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”” tag=”chromerev-20″ width=”160″]The first Toshiba Chromebook was a solid if unspectacular entry into the Chromebook market but the Toshiba Chromebook 2 makes a huge leap forward especially for those who have been clamoring for better screens on their Chrome devices.  The Toshiba Chromebook adds a full HD 1080P screen along with an IPS display.   The only other version with an IPS display is 2 year old HP Chromebook but that was hampered by a sluggish processor.  The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes with the Bay Trail processor which doesn’t have the processing power of a Haswell chip but does give you superior battery life.  If they would have given us a Chromebook with both the Haswell and the IPS display, I think it really could have shot this Chromebook to the top of the heap but I still think the Bay Trail processor will be adequate for most peoples needs because it also includes 4GB of Ram.  Of course these upgrades don’t come cheap.  The previous Chromebook could often be had for around $200 and their still is an option for a cheaper version of the Toshiba 2 Chromebook, the upgraded version starts at over $300.  We have seen that there is a market for more expensive Chromebooks as Samsung 2 and the Acer 2 Chromebooks have been quite popular.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340 Spec Guide

Screen Size 13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920×1080 pixels
Processor 2.16 GHz Celeron M T1400
Hard Drive 16 GB
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD graphics
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 9 hours
Brand Name Toshiba
Series Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340
Item model number PLM02U-009008
Operating System Chrome
Item Weight 3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.60 x 8.40 x 0.76 inches
Color silver
Processor Brand Intel
Flash Memory Size 16.0
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

A Smaller Lighter Toshiba

The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 is sleeker and lighter compared to last years model.  The screen size remains at 13″ but they’ve been able to cram everything into a smaller package and it’s also a little bit thinner as well.  The gray plastic looks nice if not a little boring, but it is possible they might release this Chromebook in some other colors as well.  The cover has a slight texture on it and should reduce fingerprints or smudges and gives it a polished look.

All About the Display

While the base version of the Toshiba CB-35 comes with the traditional 1,366 x 768 display, the real news here is the ugraded 1080P IPSversion of the Toshiba 2.  An IPS display is a real upgrade because it doesn’t degrade when your viewing from off angles.  Watching a movie in bed with another person will make it much easier and you won’t have to constantly adjust the display because an IPS looks great when your viewing from the side and you don’t “lose the view”.   This is hands down the best display available out there right now for Chromebooks and if that is important to you then you’ve narrowed down your choice really easily.  Everything looks crisp and clear and a 1080P screen at 13″ gives you a great screen size while not compromising practicality.

Performance and Battery Life

You can’t have everything and while the display is amazing, the performance takes a step backwards.  Toshiba decided on including the Bay Trail processor for this year’s model instead of the speedier Haswell processor.  While this might not make a difference for you, depending on your usage of the Chromebook, you could feel a performance hit if you like to keep a lot of tabs open or perform processor intensive actions simultaneously.  For the majority of people, the majority of the time, it won’t be a problem.  Toshiba made the decision to upgrade the display and use the cheaper Bay Trail processor to keep costs in line and while, a Haswell would’ve have been nice, a $400 price tag would’ve been a real drag.  The bonus to the Bay Trail processor is battery life and the non-HD version of the CB35 comes with 12-13 hours of battery life, while the IPS version takes a hit and the battery life is still a respectable 8-9 hours.

Toshiba CB35 Chromebook 2 VS Acer 13 Vs Samsung 2

These three Chromebooks are all capable Chromebooks and priced at around $300.  They all have 1080P displays but each have there pluses and minuses.  It depends on what’s most important to you in a Chromebook in order to make a purchase decision.  If you are mostly concerned about the display then I would definitely put the Toshiba Chromebook at the top of the list by a wide margin and that is definitely due to the IPS screen.  This is a huge upgrade for much better off angle viewing angles compared to the Acer or Samsung.   If you want a performance boost then theAcer 13 with it’s NVIDIA Tegra processor pulls ahead of the other 3, but if you don’t need a 1080 display you also should take a look at the Haswell based Chromebooks such as the HP14 or even the Acer with an i3 processor.  The Samsung Chromebook 2really doesn’t compare that favorably but you might be able to find a deal on this Chromebook because it’s been out for a longer period and might see some serious discounting with all the competition.  It’s still a decent Chromebook but the retail price seems a bit out of line.


It’s good to see manufacturers listening to what users want and then responding.  The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 is a solid machine and pushes further the experience of using ChromeOS.  The IPS display is a luxury but a luxury I wouldn’t want to do without after using it.  I love the look and feel and while the price is a little steep, I can’t complain too much.  There are definitely cheaper Chromebooks but I think this one is a winner.

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