Toshiba Chromebook 2: A Truly Powerful Chromebook
When the first Chromebook was first unveiled, it was fairly innovative. It disrupted the entire thought process behind notebooks – instead of the usual clunky laptop, it was incredibly light, cheap, and aesthetic. There was one problem, though. Despite looking cool and not weighing much, the Chromebooks didn’t have much power… or storage. The typical hard drive was around 20 GB, and the processing power was only 2 GB. Some smartphones these days have more than that, and we’re talking about a laptop here. Those are okay for some people, but for those who need a powerful Chromebook, the Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook 2 is your answer. Here’s why it’s your answer.
“Daily driver” screen size
The vast majority of Chromebooks come with some pretty tiny screen sizes – some as small as 11”. That’s fine if you’re using it for a portable device in place of a tablet, but if it’s your daily machine then that screen size can really put some strain on your eyes. (And your back – you’ll be leaning in to read small text.) This goes for both the casual user and the business user. Sending emails and reading reports for a businessman is extremely tedious on such a small screen, and for the casual user, playing games or watching movies is equally so. It’s kind of like watching a movie on a tablet – it’s okay… but not great. The CB35 has a 13.3” screen size, which changes all of that. Even though it’s just a couple inches larger than most Chromebooks, the difference is noticeable. It feels like you’re looking at a laptop instead of a “mobile device”.
An actual hard drive
The Toshiba CB35 comes with a 116 GB hard drive, whereas most other Chromebooks are in the 16 GB to 20 GB range. This might not seem like a big deal on the surface, because Chromebooks usually come with a year of 100 GB storage from Google Drive. It does matter, though. You can’t store everything on Google drive. If you want to install programs, you must use the space on your hard drive. If you want to install a lot of programs, 16 GB just won’t be enough. It’s that simple. After the first year, 100 GB from Google Drive will cost you $24/year. It’s not an enormous cost, but it’s something to think about, as you’ll probably have your machine for longer than a year.
Double the processing power
The usual Chromebook has 2 GB of RAM. This one has 4 GB. Faster applications, faster loading times, and faster internet browsing are all results of that substantial increase. Enough said.
Is there a “catch”?
Usually, when you start adding features to a laptop (bigger screen, more memory, and more storage space) the laptop starts to lose out in other areas. Specifically, more features usually come with a higher price and a much higher weight. In the case of the Toshiba CB35, that’s not how it works. The laptop still weighs just three pounds, which is less than some of the other Chromebook models with less powerful features. Toshiba put quite a bit of effort into this machine – the reviews back that statement up. As far as the price, yes, it does cost a bit more – click here to see the current price – but it’s only a 15% to 20% increase over lesser models. When you get the Toshiba CB35, you’re not getting an accessory computer – you’re getting one that you can use day in and day out. This is actually the second version of the CB35 available from Toshiba, so they’ve already made a heap of changes to make it better, including battery life – version 2 comes with 9 hours of guaranteed battery life.
We found the display to be beautiful
You know when you tilt your laptop screen slightly out of alignment and the colors become all distorted? We found that it didn’t really happen with the Toshiba CB35. The colors would only get distorted if we moved it to some seriously weird angles – angles so drastic that no one in his or her right mind would ever keep a screen like that. The display is simply brilliant – even the pictures of it on Amazon will make you drool. It reminds us of a Macbook, which costs 3-5x what this model does. The icing on the cake – sexiness!
There are some laptops – the Macbook, for example – that you’d have no problem bringing to a coffee shop and popping out onto the table to do some work. Other ones… let’s say a 17”, 9-pound Dell… are better left at home. When you take your Toshiba CB35 Chromebook 2 with you, you won’t have to worry about showing it off. In fact, you’ll be catching some jealous glances. It’s light grey and ridiculously thin. We actually had a few people ask us where we got it in the hour or two that we had it out.
The only downside…
As with all Chromebooks, the downside is that you can’t install typical Windows applications. This might be a big deal for those who work in a tech-related field, but for us normal people, it’ll do just fine. You can do everything you need to – music, movies, word processing, emailing, etc. – right from the browser with Google Drive. We’d recommend getting this laptop if you’re looking for a cheap, lightweight, and powerful daily driver. You can get cheaper Chromebooks, but they can’t match how this one can be used as a daily machine. The prices fluctuate slightly on Amazon around the $250 range, but for such a great Chromebook we guarantee you’ll be extremely pleased with your purchase.