Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35-C3300

Editor rating

4/5 on July 11, 2016

User's rating

PROS

  • Fast processor
  • Portable and sleek
  • Great sound and display quality
  • Great keyboard design

CONS

  • Slightly expensive
  • Unreliable screen quality
  • Sometimes freezes

VERDICT

A more expensive Chromebook, but with features to match the price.

This Chromebook model is built with a 13.3-inch full HD display in an Intel Celeron processor. Slightly more expensive than others in the Toshiba Chromebook series, this unit is built with an amazing LED-backlit keyboard. You can combine high-quality video and simple user interface with this unit. Its glossy look make it all the more desirable to purchase.

Features

  • 7 GHz Intel Celeron 3215U processor with Mobile Intel HD graphics coprocessor
  • 3-inch screen with 1080p resolution
  • 4GB Random Access Memory (RAM) with 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • Equipped with an LED-Backlit Keyboard which gives illumination during the night
  • Operating Software (OS): Chrome
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Color: Ice Silver
  • Battery Life: 8 hours and 30 minutes
  • Built-in Skullcandy speakers for great sound quality
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ready
  • Built-in webcam

Pros

  • Fast processor

As compared to its Chromebook predecessors, this 2015 model has a faster processor speed. This makes web browsing faster and multitasking tasks easier. Given its price, the quality of the processor is above average. Now, you can run applications fast and easily.

  • Portable and sleek

This unit is portable due to the long battery life it provides, which is around 8 hours and 30 minutes. You can go as far from your home without depending too much on power outlets. The sleek and slim design of this unit makes it easy to carry around to any place. At 2.9 pounds, you barely notice that it’s there in your bag, plus it doesn’t burden your legs if you put this on your lap. The glossy ice silver finish of this unit makes it sleek.

  • Great sound and display quality

The Skullcandy speakers contribute to the great sound quality of this Chromebook. As compared to normal speakers, the speakers of this unit is way better. It can produce a high bass sound which is ideal in watching action movies and listening to high-quality music. In terms of display quality, the full HD or 1080p resolution of this unit can produce finely detailed images and videos. Now, you can watch videos in high contrast colors.

  • Great keyboard design

Unlike its preceding Chromebook models, this specific unit offers a great keyboard design which feels good to the touch. If you are working under poor lighting conditions, you can turn on the light of the keyboard because it has an LED-backlit design. This makes typing possible even in dark areas.

Cons

  • Slightly expensive

Some customers noted that this new 2015 model is slightly pricey as compared to its predecessors. This can be justified by its faster processor speed and an additional backlit keyboard design. However, if you can’t trade-off these benefits with the price, you can settle for less expensive Toshiba Chromebook versions, like the CB35-B3330 and CB35-B3340.

  • Unreliable screen quality

Like all other Toshiba Chromebook series, this model is not an exception when it comes to faulty screens. A few customers have reported that they randomly started to have display issues after only a few months use. This is a letdown if you need to use the unit for your work. Because this unit has a fragile screen construction, slight physical damage can cause the whole screen to malfunction. Therefore, you need to be extra careful and gentle when handling this unit. Avoid opening the unit roughly.

  • Constantly freezes

Some customers reported that they faced repeated freezes on the screens when they try to open multiple tabs. If this happens to you, you need to hold the power button until it closes. After it shuts down, you can turn it back on.

Verdict

If you want a better Chromebook with a faster processor, then this specific model is for you. Designed with an LED-backlit keyboard, you can always be assured you will be able to accomplish your work even when you are caught in the middle of an electric blackout. Though this may be slightly more expensive than its predecessors, this is a great investment for quality and better features.

Comparison with other products

As compared to the Toshiba CB35-B3330 Chromebook, the 2015 Edition CB35-C3300 is slightly pricier. However, it has a faster processor speed than the other model. It also has a backlit keyboard for more ease in use which is not offered by the other model. However, the 2015 edition has a lesser battery life of 8 hours and 30 minutes than the other model, which offers 11 hours maximum.

Both the Toshiba CB35-B3340 and CB35-C3300 have the same 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, and 13-inch full HD screen. However, the CB35-C3300 has double the speed of its processor as compared to the other model. Although the CB35-C3300 may have a higher price than, it is justified with the addition of a backlit keyboard for better user interface.

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