Chromebook 2 (13-inch)by Toshiba

  • Chromebook 2 (13-inch)
  • Chromebook 2 (13-inch)
  • Chromebook 2 (13-inch)
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The 13.3-inch version of Toshiba's Chromebook 2 has a gorgeous full HD display with good viewing angles that make movie-watching on it a pleasure.
  • Thanks to the internal 802.11ac wireless card, the network connection is fast and has no trouble keeping up with streaming music or videos.
  • The Skullcandy-tuned speakers sound great and get loud. These might be the best speakers you've heard on any laptop.

CONS

  • Battery life, while not terrible, is worse than the first Toshiba Chromebook. Most other 1080p Chromebooks have better battery life.
  • The shallow keys on the Chromebook 2 don't provide the best typing experience.
  • Performance is acceptable for casual use, but heavy app usage or running dozens of open tabs cause it to hang intermittently.
Toshiba’s second iteration of the low-cost Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron N2840 processor and has a full HD 13.3-inch IPS display at a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. The Chromebook 2 includes 16GB of flash storage and 4GB of memory. It also includes an HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual band wireless AC. Ports include one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, and HDMI output. Its battery is rated at nine hours and is not user replaceable. The exterior finish is textured and comes in only silver.
NameChromebook 2 (13-inch)Stream (11-inch)EeeBook X205TA-US01-BLChromebook 11Aspire One Cloudbook 11
ManufacturerToshibaHPAsusHPAcer
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90%

The speakers are loud and deliver a really crisp sound, making the Chromebook 2 great for listening to music and watching TV on.

The speakers are loud and deliver a really crisp sound, making the Chromebook 2 great for listening to music and watching TV on.

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82%

...while the Chromebook 2's battery life is fairly normal compared to most competing devices, it's significantly short relative to other 108…

...while the Chromebook 2's battery life is fairly normal compared to most competing devices, it's significantly short relative to other 1080p Chromebooks, specifically.

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81%

Luckily, Toshiba pairs the great display with at least adequate companion parts across the board.

Luckily, Toshiba pairs the great display with at least adequate companion parts across the board.

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80%

Truth be told, the more often I use Chromebooks, the more I find myself wishing for some of these same intuitive controls in Windows.

Truth be told, the more often I use Chromebooks, the more I find myself wishing for some of these same intuitive controls in Windows.

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80%

Our review model had the 1080p IPS display, which is truly lovely, with bold colors, sharp details and great viewing angles.

Our review model had the 1080p IPS display, which is truly lovely, with bold colors, sharp details and great viewing angles.

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80%

...if someone handed me the case with all logos removed, I never would have guessed it was a Chromebook. It has the look and feel of a much …

...if someone handed me the case with all logos removed, I never would have guessed it was a Chromebook. It has the look and feel of a much higher-end laptop.

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80%

The laptop ran swimmingly with a dozen and half web browser tabs open and Google Music streaming in the background. It also churned through …

The laptop ran swimmingly with a dozen and half web browser tabs open and Google Music streaming in the background. It also churned through 1080p video without any stuttering or streaming hiccups.

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70%

Toshiba shaving down the size of the notebook is pretty great, but the look and feel of the Chromebook 2 overall isn't anything special.

Toshiba shaving down the size of the notebook is pretty great, but the look and feel of the Chromebook 2 overall isn't anything special.

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I've universally panned every Chromebook out there for its cheap and terrible-looking display, and with the Chromebook 2 I don't have to do …

I've universally panned every Chromebook out there for its cheap and terrible-looking display, and with the Chromebook 2 I don't have to do that.

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One of my favorite features of the Chromebook 2 is the internet specific keyboard.

One of my favorite features of the Chromebook 2 is the internet specific keyboard.

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Of course, because the Chromebook 2 is practically made for streaming video, it has a better Wi-Fi 802.11ac chip that has better range and s…

Of course, because the Chromebook 2 is practically made for streaming video, it has a better Wi-Fi 802.11ac chip that has better range and speed than any other Chromebook — and most laptops, too.

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The Chromebook 2 actually takes a step backward in performance and battery life compared to the system it's replacing, a compromise that mor…

The Chromebook 2 actually takes a step backward in performance and battery life compared to the system it's replacing, a compromise that more than one laptop has made in the name of going fanless.

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