Toshiba CB35-B3340 13.3-Inch Chromebook 2 Review

Toshiba CB35-B3340 13.3-Inch Chromebook 2 Review

Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2
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Gray Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 is the second Chromebook model by Toshiba with a 13.3 inch FHD IPS screen supporting 1080p resolution this time, comes with a Bay Trail N2840 processor offering very long 9 hour battery life and adequate performance for light multimedia, web surfing, word processing, email and social media kind of stuff, at a higher price than the standard entry level $200+ Chromebooks but is offered with enough specs and features to more than justify the price difference.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes with the Intel Celeron N2840 processor at 2.16 GHz speed, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM for multitasking efficiency, 16 GB Solid-State Drive and Chrome operating system. The N2840 Bay Trail offers much better battery life but not super processing power but this is balanced by the large 4GB memory for overall improved performance and multitasking. And having a more powerful Haswell processor would have meant a price tag over $400 which would probably be a lot for a Chromebook. SSD rather than a regular HDD will also contribute to its snappier performance- faster boot-ups and quick waking up from sleep mode at least.

13.3 inch Full HD IPS display with 1920x1080 pixels maximum screen resolution is the main selling point of this PC. IPS means up to 178 degree viewing angles and you can view the screen from the sides and you’ll be fine. Both the Full HD and the IPS make it the Chromebook with the best display: Clear and sharp image quality with FHD and wide viewing angles when you’re watching movies etc. on its fairly large 13.3 inch screen. Intel HD Graphics is sufficient for what it is designed to do- decent graphics performance for photos, videos and you can play the online games easily but just don’t expect advanced 3D gaming experience you would get with a mid-range discrete graphics card. You will also find a HD webcam with microphone to chat easily with family and friends.

Toshiba CB35-B3340 13.3-Inch Chromebook 2 Review
Silver polished look with slight texture Toshiba Chromebook 2 looks and feels premium for a Chromebook, weighs 3 pounds with measurements of 12.60 x 8.40 x 0.76 inches- lighter and slimmer than the first Chromebook but with the same size 13 inch screen so it is quite easy to carry around if you’re on the go a lot and you can stay away from power outlets with also its 9 hour average battery life from its lithium ion battery. It is offered with the latest technology 802.11 A/C wireless with wider coverage and faster connection, Full SD Card slot, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port for data transfers at higher speed. Keep in mind that you can’t really run the usual regular Windows apps and software on Chrome OS but almost all of them are replaced by user-friendly Chrome versions.

Conclusion: We expect Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 to be as successful and popular as, if not more than the Samsung and Acer 2 models. It is easy on the eyes but still has the silver colour which may seem a bit boring to some and it may be released in other colours too later in the year. You won’t find a high performance Haswell processor on this Chromebook, but a Bay Trail N2840 which is more than adequate for net surfing (most things happen through the internet on Chrome OS anyway) and other simple daily tasks. Things will still run smoothly even when you try to perform a few tasks simultaneously so it was probably a wise decision of Toshiba to go with the FHD IPS display upgrade and of course the superior battery life of up to 9 hours of the Bay Trail CPU will give it an advantage over other Chromebooks. You have a solid machine here with a sufficient processor, a 4GB memory and a way superior Full HD screen with IPS feature which seems to be a major upgrade for Chromebooks and you will see the big difference when you look at its sharp display with wide viewing angles. If performance of more powerful CPU is important for you, you can of course choose to go with something like Acer Chromebook with the quad core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor but with a normal HD non-IPS display.

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