The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 is one of the best Chromebooks you can buy in 2016. It packs decent specs and is far ahead of its competition in terms of battery life and display quality. Thanks to its huge ecosystem of online apps (email clients, office suites, games and music apps to name a few), the Chrome OS platform has become robust enough for the customers to take the Chromebooks seriously.
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 – Design:
The dimpled texture of the CB35’s plastic shell and its rounded edges provide ample grip while picking up and holding the notebook. The CB35 flaunts a plastic chassis which doesn’t feel cheap at all. In fact, light bounces off its surface very well donning a more premium look. Measuring 12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inches, the CB35 is pretty compact. Also, at 2.97, it is lighter than Asus Chromebook 13 (3.31 pounds) and Samsung Chromebook 2 (3 pounds).
Processor, RAM, and Storage:
Under its chassis, the CB35 has a 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-5015U processor, 4GB of memory, and integrated Intel HD graphics which provide enough processing speed for a swift operation. You may open a dozen tabs (including YouTube, Spotify and Google Docs) and then play a game without any lag. Since Chrome OS is not resourcing hungry, the Celeron processor is quite enough for web surfing and accessing few apps online.
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 – Battery Life and Display:
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 is equipped with a battery that lasts for about 5 hours and 32 minutes. The IPS display is the standout feature of this notebook. The 1080p (full-HD) resolution shows an incredible amount of detail in every frame. The colors look natural with no saturation at all. The viewing angles, however, are pretty average. Although the images look spectacular when the display is straight ahead of you, the screen becomes reflective when you rotate the system 45 degrees to the right or left.
Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 – Keyboard and Touchpad:
The keyboard of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 is well laid out with the keys needing 1.53 mm of travel and 54 grams of force to actuate. It allows you to type effortlessly at 70 words per minute and maintain 100% accuracy. The laptop’s touchpad is also fast and responsive. You will never find it pausing for a second.
The Chrome OS is a minimal alternative to Windows or OS X. Once you logged into your Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 using a Google account, a simple desktop background greets you. Few icons are lined up at the bottom left. By clicking on the magnifying glass, you get to see the frequently used icons and the Google Now cards. Towards the bottom right, you will find indicators for Wi-Fi, volume, battery life, connectivity and your user avatar. This area also has an up-arrow by clicking which a menu of settings pops up. The latest version of Chrome OS comes with voice control. So, when you say “OK, Google” with the Launcher or Chrome tab open, the voice assistant shows up.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 lets you surf the Internet and benefit from Google’s apps. At its low price point $436, it offers a bright display, a user-friendly keyboard and a battery that is sufficient for a day’s work.