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=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SJTSRFTRL._SL160_.jpg” 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.
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|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|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|
|Series||Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-B3340|
|Item model number||PLM02U-009008|
|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||12.60 x 8.40 x 0.76 inches|
|Flash Memory Size||16.0|
|Batteries:||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
A Smaller Lighter Toshiba
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
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.