Toshiba Chromebook 13.3-inch Chromebook (Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD, Google Chrome OS) - Silver
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|Computer Memory Size||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||4 GB||2 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Wifi;Bluetooth||Connectivity: Wireless connectivity - Intel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo, Ports: 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 & 1 microSD media card reader||Bluetooth||Bluetooth|
|Processor (CPU) Model||Celeron||Celeron N2840||Celeron||Celeron||Rockchip RK3288||Celeron|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||ARM||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||1.4 GHz||2.16 GHz||1,600 MHz||1.6 GHz||1.8 GHz||1.6 GHz|
|Display Size||13.3 inches||11.6 inches||35.56 cm||29.5 cm||10.1 inches||11.6 inches|
|Display Technology||LED||LCD||LED backlit||SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit||LCD||LCD|
|Hard disk Description||SSD||emmc||eMMC||eMMC||EMMC||SSD|
|Hard Disk Size||16 GB||16 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Item Weight||1.36 kg||1.1 kg||1.55 kg||1.2 kg||0.89 kg||1.4 kg|
|Operating System||Chrome OS||Chrome OS||Chrome OS||Chrome OS||Chrome OS||Chrome OS|
|Processor Description||—||Intel Celeron N2840||—||—||Rockchip RK3288||Intel Celeron N3050|
|System RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR DRAM||—||DDR3L-1600 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM|
Toshiba Chromebook -- Your Essential Cloud Companion
The 13.3" (33.8cm) Toshiba Chromebook was designed for play, productivity and portability; it's a fast and user-friendly device using the Chrome OS and has full connectivity, a sleek lightweight design and up to 9 hours battery life. With Wi-Fi connectivity and 100GB of free Cloud storage*, you can access your content, files and folders and even store files locally to access when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network. Once connected, you can seamlessly synchronise your files and data, which makes it ideal for everyone from business professionals to students.
With the flexibility to move seamlessly from editing documents to browsing or playing apps either online or offline, the Chromebook is ideal for modern ways of working, people who already use the cloud and those looking for a light, fashionable and affordable device. Software and security upgrades are free and automatic too, so there's no need to worry about updating your Chromebook.
* 100GB of free storage for 2 years, starting on the date the Google Drive offer is redeemed.
Toshiba Chromebook allows you to store data in the cloud, which opens up where and when content can be used. With Wi-Fi connectivity and 100GB of free cloud storage via the built-in Google Drive, data is always backed up and can quickly be saved online -- for easier access from anywhere, at any time.
Information can be synced in the cloud too, for sharing to other devices. This allows content to become more moveable and manageable, so if a Google Doc is edited on Toshiba Chromebook, it can also be viewed on a PC, tablet or smartphone -- whether you're at home or on the move.
Play and Productivity in One
Equipped with essential web and connectivity options, Toshiba Chromebook was made for work and play. The versatile 33.8 cm (13.3") HD display offers plenty of screen space for web browsing, apps or work documents. It also comes with up to 9 hours battery life and a performance that begins with a fast start-up. Add to that the power of the Intel Celeron processor, and users can get straight to being productive or staying entertained, all day long.
Sleek Design that Really Travels
The first Toshiba Chromebook is ideally balanced for portability and comfort over long periods. Yet it's also effortlessly cool -- featuring a slim, clean and modern clamshell design that was made to move. This durable, affordably priced laptop is also incredibly light at just 1.5 kg, making it the ideal size and weight to take anywhere. Documents can be created with ease using the full-size keyboard and large screen, while excellent audio and a HD webcam makes socialising more fun when the work is done.
Fast Access to Your Favourite Content
The device boots up and comes back to life in seconds, so users can access the familiar Chrome browser quickly. With fast page loads, quick syncing, and hundreds of thousands of Google apps available in the Chrome Web Store, a whole world of content is just waiting to be discovered.
Updates and Maintains, All by Itself
There's no need to worry about updating the Chrome OS or security software on this device. Once connected, Toshiba Chromebook takes care of itself through automatic upgrades. Not only does this provide the latest information and protection, it also means that minimal effort is required to get complete peace of mind, and keep users' Chromebook working at its best.
All the core connectivity you need to share content is available on the Toshiba Chromebook. As well as 2 USB ports for quick transfers, you can easily view your media on a larger HD screen via the HDMI port. An SD card slot is also on hand, for a seamless way to take information from one device and move it onto your Chromebook directly, using a memory card. However you choose to move your information, you're good to go with the Toshiba Chromebook.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for Fast Connections
By connecting to a compatible USB 3.0 device, such as an external drive, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 can offer up to 10 times faster transfer rates than the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 standard. This means that files and folders that took hours to transfer just take minutes, and you can move whole albums to and from your laptop in just a few seconds, saving you time and making your media much more portable. Just imagine -- you can move a feature-length movie to a portable drive in just a few minutes, ready to take to a friend's house and watch on the big screen.
Wireless Sharing is Easy with Bluetooth 4.0
This Chromebook includes Bluetooth 4.0 which allows you to connect and share files wirelessly over short distances. This makes it ideal for connecting to compatible mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players, and more. You can also use Bluetooth to connect to wireless peripherals, such as headsets, speakers, mice and keyboard, making it easier to use your Chromebook on the move or at home without the clutter of connecting wires.
HDMI for HD Entertainment
The Toshiba Chromebook has an integrated HDMI port for added convenience and enhanced usability. You can connect your laptop to an external device and stream high definition content. When using HDMI, audio and visual content are streamed through a single cable, removing the need for multiple connections. Now you only need one cable, making connecting your laptop easier and tidier.
Top customer reviews
Very good keyboard
Excellent battery life
Awesome download speeds (both via internet and local file transfer via wifi)
Very Low Heat resulting in silent operation. (Literally silent)
Secure -- Browse the entire web (trusted sites) with no worries about key loggers, viruses, malware etc
Very fast resume from standby
Exceptionally loud stereo speakers (these are REALLY GOOD)
USB 3.0 x2
Nice stylish minimalistic design, very Macbookesc :)
Screen leaves much to be desired, low resolution, washed out colours and banding. However, this isn't so bad or noticeable when playing you tube or local videos, which brings me on to the next con.
Nightmare getting to find videos with the correct codecs / envelope combination which wont play or cause errors five mins in to video
Doesn't support DTS or AC3 (this is more a licensing issue as with the video codecs, but its not something which causes me problems on my windows laptop so I'm going to mark the Chromebook down here)
Not the best Mouse pad
Comprised access to devices on the local Network, notably the NAS drive.
The build quality isn't the best (but bear in mind the budget price tag :))
And that's about it for the Pros and Cons
As one reviewer said, he was shocked to learn that not many other people have complained about the generally poor quality of the screen, as am I quite frankly. However, other than one critical review which called it 'vibrant' (excuse me?), quite a few critical reviews have mentioned that it actually lacks vibrancy, which is about right. I always thought my MSI Laptop with its 15" plus screen was poor, but every time I see it now it seems like leagues better, not a good start for the Chromebook when the whole idea is for it to drown out the windows laptop for day to day use. I also entertained the idea that it may just be my Chromebook with a faulty screen, but I was able to compare a Toshiba on display at PC World, and its exactly the same. However, on that note, so was the HP 14, it also looked washed out. In fact the only two Chromebooks there which I would say had better screens were the HP 11 I think it was, but that only has an 11" screen and the Chromebook Pixel (which to compare with would be just stupid).
I found that the best viewing angle in terms of screen colour reproduction etc is with the screen almost at 45 degrees tilted back. You can almost go a notch down on the brightness at this tilt and not compromise the screen.
I must stress though, this screen issue only really bugs me on the general OS navigation and web browsing; Its not concerned me on video playback, YouTube or local content.
That said, watching videos on this have been quite enjoyable, when they played... Given the option between a good screen and sub par sound, or sub par screen and good sound I actually think I'd favour the device with better sound (or maybe its just that I've actually come to like my Chromebook that I'm making excuses for its shortcomings, hmm). I can't remember ever watching a full length movie, or many YouTube videos on my MSI with the far superior screen, mostly because the sound is almost non existent, however on the Chromebook I've practically stopped using my Nexus 7 (2013) for YouTube.
One of my gripes with Chrome OS is its lack lustre in the codecs department, both for sound and video. I've got a collection of videos, and for one reason or another, I can't play 95% of them, maybe even less. Its either unsupported codecs, video or audio, or the video will error within minutes of playing; I'm still troubleshooting this particular issue and will report back if I find anything significant, but for now I'm putting it down to unsupported codes. Now, this on its own is fine, I mean Chrome OS is locked, and has to play ball with the likes of Dolby etc the likes of which fiercely control the use of their codecs as such. However, as you can probably appreciate, when you've got a collection of videos over some time, never once having a problem playing them via Windows, then to suddenly find you can't play it on Chrome OS, without converting it first, it's not exactly the kind of news I wanted to hear. To be fair, the Windows default settings can't play some of the combination of Codec / Envelopes which give me problems on Chrome, but I was always able to download and install the required files, which of course you can't do on Chrome.
Anyway, enough about the screen. Lets talk about the sound! Which, is spectacular. Ok, so its not going to replace your stereo system, but for watching movies its really really good. As one critical review said, its even got a little low end. And the sound by no means is distorted even at full (assuming the audio source is clear to begin with). I really enjoy watching videos on this just because of the sound. It has stereo down firing speakers, which actually help increase the sound EVEN MORE when placed on a hard surface, not that the sound needs increasing. My sofa arm is often the place of rest for my devices and the Chromebook is no exception. Thankfully, it does nothing to dull out the sound despite the speakers on the underside of the device due to the curved profile towards the edges of the Chromebook, a good design in that department.
The keyboard is really responsive, I'm typing this review on it right now. I'm a touch typist so the quality of the keyboard was really important to me, and after a little getting used to the ever so slightly different key sizes and spacing, I was up and away. It even, to my ears any way, makes a ever so light jingly sound as you type. Very satisfying mmmh. Remember, this is 'only' a 13" laptop screen so I'm not going to do it an injustice and make comparisons to full size keyboards.
That said the mouse is only let down by its double click to drag. You can adjust its settings in the Accessibility options but the double click to drag is really a pain. You either have to be quite slow and deliberate in your selection or apply a little extra force to the second click when you execute the hold. It may not bother some, but does me.
You'll hear a lot of talk regarding the use of Intel's 'old' Celeron processor being used here. But thats just the ignorant talking. Yes its got the same name as the older gen Celeron but this is the newer Haswell processor and its because of this you'll get the excellent battery life and nippy performance. I'm not going to say how I'm getting 8 hours plus battery, not because I'm not, but because quite simply I've never really measured it. But I'm getting hours of usage and am only charging every 2 days or so with HEAVY use. Another benefit of this processor is very less heat. As I mentioned earlier the sofa arm is the usual resting place for my devices, which is not the best place for devices which produce a lot of heat (my MSI laptop cough cough) which as a consequence will get really hot and noisy. No such issue with the Chromebook. Deafening silence :)
UPDATE: This unit does have a fan and will kick in when under load e.g. Streaming Youtube Video via Chromecast
Using the web on this is a shear joy. Maybe I've succumb to a touch of ignorance myself, but I've visited so many sites and entered user name and passwords without a worry of spyware and / or viruses. Of course you'll still have to be careful of phishing scams and sites. A wise person once told me that peace of mind is priceless, and that's how I feel using the Chromebook on the web.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the Toshiba has a minimalistic design reminiscent of the Macbook. It has a dotted texture on the lid and bottom with a plain finish around the black keyboard and screen brezel, all which personally I like. There is a vent on the underside which will most likely house the heatsink and processor and due to my bad practice of using it on the sofa arm is the area which gets warm. There is also a vent for the fan on the top left, looking at the screen. It's obvious plastic build wont be fooling anyone but it doesn't need to, it still looks good. However, this is a budget construction. The area / bezel beneath the screen has A LOT of play and flex; now of course you don't want to be flexing your screen for no good reason, but when you're carrying the laptop and holding it in that area the flex is quite pronounced. There is also ever so slight play in the main body where the different parts of the chassis meet. That said there is no creaking or any other unpleasant 'cheap' sounds.
I forget what I was supposed to be doing before I set out to write this review, so I'll call it a day now, and maybe add to this later sometime. One final thing, some of you may not actually consider the 'cons' I've mentioned as actual true cons of the Chromebook or Chrome OS, and for you lot, BUY THIS; you won't regret it. But despite its cons, it loses only one star.
This is a truly great device for the price. If you need a cheap second computer for basic web use, this is it. Previously I would have used my phone or tablet for looking up stuff online, I am now more likely to use this. Netflix and BBC iPlayer work flawlessly, Microsoft Office Online works a treat. It isn't really a device for playing games, there are some on the Chrome store, just don't expect to be playing Minecraft on it. Updates are automatic and unobtrusive, so it's an ideal device for the less IT literate, but don't let that put you off if you are competent with a computer.
The good stuff:
1) Silent operation,
2) Generates very little heat,
3) Boots incredibly quickly (7 seconds),
4) Very responsive,
5) Very good battery life,
6) Nice design.
The only negative is that the screen is not the best I've seen, but it's not as bad as some make out either.
I'm baffled by people who say that Chromebooks are a niche market, try one, this one was a revelation to me.
I had ordered a Windows ultrabook laptop previously too but sent it back because I loved the chromebook so much. I am very knowledge on computers, and I would recommend this Laptop to a basic user or an expert regardless.
Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons:
- My friend has a Macbook Air that cost him about 3 times as much. This Laptop by comparison is practically as light, and as stylish (minus the backlit keyboard). You can tell they have modelled this Laptop on the Air - I just cannot believe how light it is.
- The design is like a piece of art, smooth rigid and I love the plastic rigid texture on the outside. Although it is all plastic, you could be forgiven for thinking its Aluminum.
- The trackpad is beautiful and response, easy to tap and click, and I love the finger gestures for right click etc, and scrolling - identical to the Mac.
- The Keyboard is wonderful and easy to type on, I have no problems whatsoever typing. I love the chiclet design of the keys, again a copy of Apple's keyboard you can adjust the volume and brightness (just like on an Air).
- The battery life is super and I have no complaints, it doesn't heat up on my lap like my old Laptop - generates virtually no heat, and runs silently.
- The screen is clear and brightness can be adjusted, I expected a poor screen, but actually I am pleasantly surprised.
- It's a shame the speakers are located underneath the Laptop but the sound is plenty loud enough and audible, nothing stopping you plugging headphones in!
- It is virtually virus proof since everything is based in the chrome browser
- The webcam is a real treat, and I have got used to Hangouts (Chrome's version of Skype)
- Because its hard drive is otherwise known as an "SSD" (Solid State Drive) it has no moving parts, so everything is lightning fast, booting up the laptop is a matter of seconds on/off, it also runs very cool.
- You are given 100GB of cloud space for Google Drive, so I am safe in the knowledge everything is backed up!
- You are given Google Docs - which can edit Microsoft office files e.g. Excel, Word etc. however, this takes a while to get your head round. You can also create documents from scratch, it is basically a free office google provide with this laptop that is cross-compatible!
- You cannot presently run skype, make skype calls, and I am not able to sign into skype chat at the moment, on any of the alternate apps available. However, you can just use Hangouts instead for the same purpose.
- You cannot stream videos from Amazon Prime (if that bothers you) - however, it does support Netflix
- The Keyboard has no caps locks key, although you can simply hold shift (or re-assign one of the keys)
- The charger is quite long, so although a long battery life you will probably need to carry it round, if you want to work for extended periods.
- Don't expect to run things outside of the browser, if you do a lot of work outside the browser, or require applications like - Microsoft Office (you get Google Docs instead), Skype (you get Hangouts instead), want to play games outside of Chrome's Apps offering, then this is not for you.
I hope this review is useful I would highly recommend the Laptop as a 2nd computer/portable device.
Most recent customer reviews
Its now gone in the bin
I was unaware of limitationso of Chromebook... Now trying to sell and buy a windows laptop!