Chromebooks

Toshiba Chromebook 2 Review

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The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a direct successor to the Toshiba Chromebook, which is one of the few Chromebook models that has received positive reviews from us. What’s good is that this follow-up proves to be as good as its forerunner. This is because it hasn’t failed in addressing a key issue that most Chromebooks are known to have. Chromebooks, after all, have often been criticized for placing too much focus on practicality, sacrificing design and other aesthetic factors in the process. This is not at all the case with the Toshiba Chromebook 2 because it is as attractive as it is handy, making it all the more worth your money.

Screen

The 13-inch screen of the Chromebook comes in two variations: Full HD (1920 x 1080) and HD (1,366 x 768). As of this writing, the former is priced at £249, while the latter costs £199. The Full HD screen is, without a doubt, one of the best features of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 due to primarily to the stellar color quality that it has. This makes it a laptop that is ideal for viewing films; although, color quality drops when viewed from certain angles. One other important thing to note is that the coating of the screen reduces glare from sunlight, making it not hard to work with if used outdoors.

Sound

The speakers are situated below the keyboards, making them virtually invisible. The quality of the sound is excellent, to say the least. It’s crystal-clear and loud, which only makes this laptop more suitable for watching HD movies and television shows, besides listening to music, of course.

Design

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is modeled after most modern laptop design nowadays. It’s primarily silver in color and the design is highly reminiscent of the MacBook Air, which seems to suggest its influence on it. It has a lot of curvature in its corners, with a stout base that gradually decreases in thickness up to the front corners.

The proportions of this laptop is designed in such a way that it would easily fit into an average-sized backpack or bag. Weighing around 1.35 kg makes it very portable as well. As for width and depth, it’s 320 mm wide and 214 mm deep respectively, which is roughly similar to the MacBook Air. They differ only slightly in thickness for the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is thicker (19.33mm).

It’s rather flexible and not that sturdy because its screen can be easily bent with a little amount of pressure. As for its connections, all the necessities are there; an SD card slot, the charging port, and micro USB 2.0 slot are located on the left-hand side, while the USB 3.0 slot, headphone jack, and Kensington lock is found at the right side.

Trackpad and Keyboard

The black-tile keyboard is without a Caps Lock key, Delete Key, and Print Screen Key, so if you are a user who is used to operating Windows and Mac laptops, operating the Chromebook 2 may take some time getting used to. The keys are adequately set apart and are of average size as well, which is conducive for fast typing.

The trackpad, on the other hand, also exhibits another MacBook Air influence because left-click and right-click buttons are absent from it. Clicking with a single finger triggers the left-click while clicking with two activates the right-click. Gesture controls done through various finger swipes adds to the excellence of the trackpad when it comes to usability as well. For instance, you can easily return to the previous page you’ve been by using two fingers to swipe to the right, etc.

Performance

The Chromebook 2 runs on a Celeron processor, backed by 4 GB of RAM in the Full HD version and 2 GB on the HD one. As a whole, performance is adequate. Boot speed is relatively fast. On-board storage is 16 GB, which is probably enough to hold your Google Drive-incompatible files. After all, most of your files will be stored in the cloud; Toshiba Chromebook 2 users get 100 GB of storage space in it. The Chromebook 2 is sleek when it comes to handling almost all standard types of computer tasks like working on various apps to watching high-definition films.

Connectivity

This laptop may be subject to some connectivity issues on various kinds of networks, but overall, its connectivity capabilities are still good.

Battery Life

Toshiba has stated that this laptop’s Full HD version is able to last up to 9 hours in a single full charge. The HD version can extend up to 11.5 hours. These claims have been supported by user reviews on the subject. It also charges fast, as it can gain 30% power from 30 minutes of charging.

Software

Toshiba Chromebook 2 only runs on a Chrome OS, so if you’re used to popular Microsoft software like Word, Skype, VLC media player, etc., then this laptop is definitely not for you. Most programs come in the form of web apps, which is highly reliant on Internet connectivity. These types of apps are centered on Chrome, so you would have to get your own Google account to make full use of them. What’s good about this OS, though, is that it’s not at all very hard to get used to and is very straightforward as well. The pop-up tutorials and tips would make it easy for you to the hang of it in no time.

Verdict

If you want a Chromebook, then this definitely the one to get. For its sophisticated design, comparatively cheap price, and all-around performance, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth from the Toshiba Chromebook 2. Lastly, the Full HD version is surely worth shelling out £50 for. The difference in price may not be great; however, when it comes to visual quality, it’s a completely different story.