Toshiba Chromebook 2: Performance

January 13, 2015 by Diana Hwang Reads (19,955)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 3
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 features an Intel Celeron N2480 processor running at 2.16 GHz (burst clock speed up to 2.58 GHz), 4 GB of DDR3L RAM, 16 GB of solid state storage, built-in webcam and dual antennae 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth. Toshiba also offers 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free for two years, nearly a $50 value.

The Chromebook was fast enough for most web browsing and streaming applications. Based on an Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz processor, performance should suit consumers who need to accomplish basic productivity tasks, browse the web, or run common applications.

The Celeron processor and 4GB of system memory make the Chromebook 2 better at multitasking than cheaper Chromebooks that use Intel’s Atom processors and only 2GB (or less) of system memory … something to keep in mind if you want to have several windows open on the screen at the same time.

 

Toshiba Chromebook 2 backThe technical specifications for the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (CM35-B3340) are as follows:

  • Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core processor (2.16 GHz base clock speed, 1MB cache, burst speed up to 2.58 GHz)
  • Chrome OS
  • 4GB DDR3 1600MHz (Not upgradeable)
  • Intel Integrated Graphics
  • 16GB solid state flash memory (eMMC) + optional 100GB Google Drive included (free for 2 years)
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 with Bluetooth V4.0
  • Touch pad pointing device with multi touch control
  • Chrome Keyboard (black)
  • 3-cell Lithium Polymer battery (44Wh, Not user replaceable)
  • 1x USB 2.0 port
  • 1x USB 3.0 port
  • MSRP: $329.99

 

Toshiba Chromebook 2 bottomHeat & Noise

Because Toshiba used a fanless design for the Chromebook 2, it was practically silent at all times and got slightly warm near the hinge. We experienced no discomfort as the device sat in our lap for extended periods.

 

Battery Life

Although Toshiba promises 9 hours of battery life, we found that the Chromebook 2 falls a bit short of this claim if you set the display at maximum brightness to compensate for the glossy screen. While streaming video with the brightness set at its highest level, we only got 7 hours out of the Chromebook 2. For the most part, anyone who uses the device regularly, but not continuously, will likely only need a single charge to get through the day.

As of this writing, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is available from Toshiba starting at $249.99, and also from Amazon for $229.


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