Toshiba is the latest company to enter the Chromebook market. The Toshiba Chromebook is a large device compared to other Chromebooks available in the market. It offers a 13.3 inch screen in a very affordable price. Priced at around $249, it can be considered as an affordable desktop replacement.
The only question arises is whether Toshiba may be able to compete with other big manufacturers like HP, Dell, and Samsung.
Designing a decent looking machine at this price point is a very difficult task for any manufacturer. But I must confess that Toshiba has a done a great job to design its Chromebook.
The Chromebook weighs around 1.5 kg which less quite less comparing it to other device in its price range. We should also not forget that it offers a 13.3 inch display which is highest among the competition. It has the same weight as that of MacBook Air. It is also just 20mm thick, hence will easily fit our bag pack.
The build quality is average with a plastic body frame. Toshiba has avoided the glossy plastic feeling that is haunting the Chromebook. The design is simple, functional and effective.
The Toshiba Chromebook packs a 13.3 inch display with a resolution 1366 x 768 pixels. The display is above average comparing its price point. It’s enough crisp for day watching YouTube or Netflix videos as well as for document editing, which is one of the main function of a Chromebook.
The TrueBrite Led display is not an IPS one hence the viewing angles seemed below average. The color reproduction and contrast levels also appeared below the par. The black color appeared greyish on the display when watching videos. But that was not a surprise seems we can’t have an HD like quality in this price point.
The Toshiba Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U chip – the same present in the Acer Chromebook. The processor is clocked at 1.4 Ghz. The processor is coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of SSD storage. It also comes with free 100 GB Google drive subscription for a period of 2 years.
We also get 802.11b/g/n wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has a welcome which can record 720p videos. The quality of video recording was quite average.
One thing which really impressed me was its battery life. The light ChromeOS makes the device quite power efficient. It provided a battery life for more than 9 hours on a single recharge. I played a video in loop mode and the battery died in 4 hours and 56 minutes. Hence the excellent battery life makes the device a must have gadget to carry on long trips.
The Chromebook continues to grow and is becoming more productive with each update. For a person who wants to buy a laptop for its multimedia capability, web browsing or basic document editing, Chromebook seems to be an exceptional device.
Toshiba has done a great job with its Chromebook. The Chromebook has decent build quality, performance and excellent battery life. The screen size is also perfect for a Chromebook. The Chromebook has actually blurred the difference between a laptop and a tablet.