The Toshiba Chromebook 2: A Closer Look

Screen size and image clarity stand out.

Toshiba made a splash when it offered its first Chromebook the Toshiba CB35-A3120 because of that product’s 13.6-inch screen. Most Chromebooks on the market previously had screens 11 inches or smaller in size.Toshiba has outdone its first efforts with the new Toshiba CB35-B3340. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 has the same large size that the original had but improves on it in several ways.

  • The images are clearer because of the 1920 x 1080 full resolution
    HD. If a sharp image is not a priority for you and you want to save
    money, You can buy a Toshiba Chromebook 2 without HD for nearly
    $100. less.
  • The second Toshiba product is lighter and more streamlined than
    the first.
  • The sound system has been improved by the integration of Skullcandy
    speakers. Skullcandy headphones can be purchased separately.

PC magazine has honored the first Toshiba Chromebook by designating it as the online magazine’s editor’s choice as best Chromebook. The fact the company improved so significantly on a worthwhile product in its own right speaks well of them. It also provides the reason for anyone in the market for technological products to keep Toshiba in mind as a company whose products should, at least, be considered; based on this concrete evidence that even when they’re on top of the game they don’t rest on their laurels.

The keyboard is unique.

The Toshiba CB35-B3340 doesn’t use the traditional keyboard use, for years on most computers. Instead, operators use a keyboard developed by Google to perform functions. One of the main differences between the two keyboards is the replacement of the “F” menu with Google function controls. Another innovative change is the replacement of “Right Click”, used with a mouse, by a “two-finger click” on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 directional control.

Features and Specifications

First, we’ll look at the basics:

  • Google Chrome Operating System
  • 2.1Ghz Intel Celeron processor.
  • 16GB solid-state drive.
    4GB Ram
  • 9-hour battery duration.
  • uses a lithium-ion battery which is included with the purchase
    of the product.
  • weighs approximately three pounds.
  • dimensions are 12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inches.

The graphics are by Intel graphics. Wireless internet connection is 802.11 A/C. – about the fastest you can get; according to PC magazine online- Bluetooth 4.0 connections are also supported.There is one 2.0 and one 3.0 USB port. There is also a Kensington lock slot, an HDMI out port and an SD card slot. The silver colored Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 has a textured exterior surface to help you avoid dropping it inadvertently.

Google offers some additional incentives.

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 does, of course, use a Google Chrome OS. In an effort to encourage storage to The Cloud, Google provides 24 months of free 100 GB storage. Google also allows access to Google Play music free, for sixty days.

What Others are saying

By common consensus, the most attractive features of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 were its graphics and its sound. This makes it a good choice for those who want or need a Chromebook for the purpose of watching movies or videos, playing games and listening to music. This makes it a good choice for kids and so does the minor drawback that screen images are quite small. That is to say, it’s not necessarily a good choice for someone with poor eyesight.
The processor in this Toshiba Chromebook is smaller than the one in some competitors, but, this was by design, apparently. The designers of the, still adequately fast, CB35-B3340 deliberately sacrificed speed to gain extended battery life. This is a good bargain, especially if you need or want to be able to use your Toshiba Chromebook away from conventional power sources for extended periods of time.
Although the HD resolution allows a significantly better picture than many Chromebooks, color patterns do seem to shift when the screen is viewed from certain angles. One other downside, to those who like to tinker with their gadgets, is the fact that upgrades can only be done in the factory.



Customers like their new Toshiba Chromebooks

The general consensus among customers from Amazon, Staples, and Walmart is that this product deserves to have a rating somewhere between 4 and 5 stars. Professional reviewers were somewhat less generous, allowing the Toshiba device just four stars in most instances. However, this discrepancy between professional critics and customers may say more about the reviewers than the product.

The Toshiba CB35-3340 does deserve a look.

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is worth considering as your next Chromebook if only because of its relatively low price. At least one vendor was offering it at just under $300. So, while some competitor’s Chromebooks compare favorably, this Toshiba version has plenty of positive features which combined with the modest price, make it well worth considering.

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