Toshiba Chromebook

Higher-end price gets you a solid machine with the proper specs and 9 hours of battery

Following up on an initial announcement at CES 2014, Toshiba has put its first Chromebook offering up for sale at its online store. Coming in at $299 it's more expensive than the $279 price point we were told back in January, but isn't far out of the realm of what Chromebooks being sold at currently.

For that price you're getting a relatively run-of-the-mill looking laptop with a silver plastic frame, 13.3-inch 1366x768 display, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, USB 3.0 and SDcard ports and all other standard appointments you expect for this class of device. Packing a larger screen than many of its competitors the Toshiba CB30-A3120 (great name) comes in at 3.3 lbs, which is a bit hefty but also gives it an expected 9 hours of battery life.

If you're interested in checking out one of these new Toshiba Chromebooks — we certainly thought it was a pretty nice machine back at CES — you can do so direct from Toshiba at the link below. You'll even get free shipping.

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Toshiba Chromebook

Toshiba Chromebook

 
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Jay Holm says:

I hope these things are being sold at Best Buy right next to Windows PCs that are twice the price! I don't think Google is being aggressive enough marketing with these Chromebooks.

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wxrusss8 says:

Why? They don't even compare. Windows machines are meant for things that Chromebooks are not capable of. I'm not putting down Chrome OS because I love the idea. It's just not apples to apples between the two. At least that's how I see it.

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Jay Holm says:

I get what your saying. I think the average consumer would get by just fine with a Chromebook.

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blazer236ix says:

A chromebook is good until you need to do real work. That's when you need Windows.

jwyche007 says:

90% of consumers DO NOT need to do "real work". Besides I have a feeling a lot of the people who say stuff like this have no idea what Google Docs is. (Or that it's completely free)

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Jay Holm says:

"Real work"? What's that?

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Muzta says:

Yeah there are basically two excellent use cases

1. People who use their computer primarily for Facebook and Youtube

2. People like me that use their desktop for software and games but a cheap cloud based laptop is perfect for. Seriously, I'm never going to want to use inventor on the couch.

I do "real work" on a Mac. I have tried on a Windows machine... Feels like I am writing with the wrong hand.

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s2weden2000 says:

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TurboFool says:

That's how us Windows users feel on a Mac.

eahinrichsen says:

Yeah, I could not replace my work PC with a Chromebook.

But this $2,000 MacBook Pro I use as my personal computer? Yeah, I could probably replace this with a $300 Chromebook and not actually miss any functionality. Whoops.

yankeesusa says:

That is sort of true. I thought the same thing. Then I got a Mac and I haven't touched Windows in over 5 years. Only time I use it is at work. The other time I use my android device. A chromebook at this time would be my number one computer and when I need to do real work I will use my Mac.

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wxrusss8 says:

I think they would too. And you know, maybe they should be put next to Windows notebooks so people can see them and realize that Chrome OS would be enough to get by on.

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jwyche007 says:

I agree completely. The average consumer really doesn't need stuff like Microsoft office and stuff like that.

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NoNexus says:

I couldnt disagree more.

I am not going to disagree with you because you cannot change the spots on a leopard, but your sorta wrong.

Here is one of the biggest reasons they need MS Office. People go with what they know and use at work. They are not going to take the time to learn something new, no matter how similar it is.

Not to mention, it depends on the work.

But a vast amount of people will never even use Microsoft Word or any of those programs.

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thatguy97 says:

But people who want to get work done like me will and that's the problem

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jmg1975 says:

So don't buy it ....I don't get the big, passionate Chromebook debate and the hatred people are expressing towards something they most likely don't own. I replaced my old windows based computer with a Chromebook and it works for me....cheap, easy ...perfect solution. I only use my tablet now for games and reading. My wife has been able to do "real work" on it ...spreadsheets, documents ....I've moved toward the cloud and I'm happy with it ....I can log in anywhere ....on anything and have access to my stuff.....
If a Chromebook works for you then buy it ...it's cheap ...fast ....easy ...virtually maintenance free...if it doesn't ...stick with Windows or Mac or whatever ...the debate is pointless ....there is no debate ...buy it or don't ....people are acting like Chromebooks have no right existing ....don't use it...don't buy it ....don't recommend it ...problem solved....

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NoNexus says:

85% of companies use MS office.

for the last 10 years that my kids have been going through HS, they have had to submit things in Word, excel and Powerpoint. I am sure this is not an isolated case.

In some school "aptitude" tests, basic business courses are required, they are all MS centric.

Yes, most people do touch it, or will need to know how to use it at the very least.

The cloud is in its infancy and has a long way to go to catch up.

Justin Stepp says:

Yeah that's why google drive let's you save everything in a Microsoft file format right? People need to stop bashing chrome os until they actually use it and learn everything it can do.

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NoNexus says:

Not once did I bash Chrome

Google drive is a cloud service, I covered that they are not ready to be the end all as of yet

Who cares about format anyway, we are talking about the tools to get to that format.

"Everything that it can do" is not a very long list in a lot of ways.

It is a great netbook, it is fantastic for the casual user. You still need a PC or a Mac in the house to do actual work.

MrBucket85 says:

Then don't replace your primary computer with a Chromebook. Problem solved.

NoNexus says:

Correct that does solve the problem.

It also solves the problem to spend an extra $100 on a low cost PC laptop instead of $400 on a laptop and $300 on a chromebook when one size will fit all....

I can't watch flv files on chrome book :-(

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flychinook says:

Last time I was at Best Buy, the Chromebooks were about 2 aisles away from the rest of the computers, on a nicely-designed Google display. I have mixed feelings about this. On the bad side, keeping them separate from the Windows/Mac computers will only perpetuate the sentiment that they "aren't real computers". Also, somebody who's computer shopping is likely to head straight for the big area with all the computers, completely bypassing the Google/chromebook display.
On the bright side, it may have the opposite effect, keeping Chromebooks from getting "lost" in the sea of other computers. Walmart, for example, carries the Samsung series 3 chromebook. Every single Walmart I've been to pushes it into the corner. There are no bright promotional materials. There aren't even any product features listed on the price placard. Just a laptop, rarely even powered on, with a $249.99 price tag.
It will be interesting to see how BestBuy and other electronics retailers will handle the upcoming crop of Chromebooks. There are simply too many new models in the pipeline to fit them on to the Google display. The retailers will either have to select just a few models to carry in store, or let them intermingle with the Windows machines.

Looks like something my sister would be interested in for college. Long battery, stylish design, at an affordable cost.

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HarisA1 says:

Surface 2 > chromebooks IMHO
they can do A LOT more

Well of course they can. They're laptop's. Chromebooks aren't laptop's. Chromebooks are Chromebooks. They aren't meant to do anything a laptop can do. Other than browse the web that is Haha They're so different that you can't even compare them.

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HarisA1 says:

No I'm talking about the surface running Windows RT not the pro with full Windows 8.1.

jwyche007 says:

Even then those are still almost twice as expensive.

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HarisA1 says:

Surface RT original sells for 200 the new one is 449 but offers almost everything a full pc does

flychinook says:

You mean it comes with all the bloat of Windows AND the visual cacophony of the Metro interface? AND a fussy keyboard that makes it difficult to use on my lap?

Sounds like a heaping helping of NOPE.

moosc says:

Are there any convertible Chrome books with a touch screen and large ssd drive?

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jtc276 says:

Nope. The new Lenovo Chrombooks are the closest to what you're looking for, but their SSD is still small (which is expected in any Chromebook).

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13.x inch 1366x768 screen? I'll just keep using my tablet, tyvm. If it's going to convince me to pry my hands off my Nexus 7, it needs to offer more screen real estate and a high resolution. Like the Pixel. But at a reasonable price, unlike the Pixel. Give me a 17" 1080p screen to browse on, and that's a start. Or better yet, a 17" 2048x1536 4:3 screen. The rest of the specs are fine.

jtc276 says:

It's $300. What do you expect?

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jwyche007 says:

That's not what a chrome book is supposed to be.

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erstam says:

I feel the same way. I really like the idea of a Chromebook, but I need a larger screen and higher res. My 5 in phone has a higher res :/. Once this happens I am going to grab one right away.

MidMoMonkey says:

I'm not sure how I feel about a 17" screen, but I couldn't handle such a low resolution on a 13" screen.

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rvirga says:

This pixel density race has got to stop. We're sacrificing speed and battery life for a feature that our eyes can barely perceive (and in some cases, they can't perceive it at all). It's stupid.

jtc276 says:

I'm looking very closely at this one. I'm probably about a week away from making my final decision on which Chromebook I'll be buying (C720, HP 14, or this one). I love the looks of the Toshiba, but I've been hearing things about a mediocre trackpad. If so, I'll go with the 14 which I've heard has a brilliant trackpad. Tack on the extra 2gb of ram, slightly larger screen, and 200mb of free data every month, and you're looking at a very justifiable $50 leap.

I would really like if someone from Android Central who spent a few minutes with this model can weigh in on this. Is the trackpad decent? Would you purchase it over any current models. I would really appreciate it and I'm sure others would too. Thanks!

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jmg1975 says:

I have had the 14 for a few months. I think it's a great device for the money.... The screen is mediocre but the keyboard and track pad are both good. The added mobile data functionality is worth the 50 bucks to me. If I could change anything about it I would make the screen 13 inches.... It would be a bit more compact and look a bit better. Other than that I live it and three of my relatives liked it so much they bought it too.

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If I could run fastboot and adb commands with a chromebook, I would buy one. I have seen on XDA that there is a way, so I may give it a try. I have had a Toshiba laptop for 6 years and that sucker still runs like new.

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Zig261 says:

Once you're away from an internet connection. The Chromebook becomes useless.

And as long as you purchase it knowing full well that this is the case, its not a big deal.

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When are you away from an Internet connection?

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BosFolz says:

This is not true!

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ottscay says:

For most people a Windows or Apple laptop are equally useless away from the internet - for most people using a computer means email, PMing, Facebook status updates, YouTube, maybe checking in on sports or local news, possibly watching something on Hulu or Netflix, or video chatting with a friend or relative. None of these things work on any device without the internet.

So sure, Photoshop and serious video-gaming don't work on the Chromebook (even when connected to the net), but that's not what they're for, is it?

dchawk81 says:

Nah that's phones.

flychinook says:

Yeah, except for playing music, watching videos, basic photo editiing, word processing, spreadsheets, email, and offline-capable games and other applications. Yup, useless.

ACADM says:

Yet another incorrect statement from you on this subject.

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eramos31 says:

I find it funny when people with traditional laptops or tablets think they already beat a Chromebook in functionality so it's not even an option. Compared to laptops, they don't require a lot of power or much maintenance, are affordable, lightweight, boot up fast and are ready to go in seconds(no programs loading in the background), and have exceptional battery life. Compared to tablets, they have more ports, have more efficient multitasking, full keyboard, and web browse any website with no flash/jankyness issues that you sometimes get in a mobile browser. I'm not saying they're better than the others but they're not directly comparable to the other two. Some of the offline capabilities also leads me to believe you can run some pretty strong "programs" without having to install them like usual. One example of this is some offline 3d games, this could very well improve in the future. Pixlr is another really powerful online software that works pretty great for more than basic photo editing. I am positive chrome OS is going to bridge the gap with normal desktop OS's and become a competitive option soon.

VDub2174 says:

I really want to get a Chromebook since I don't use my laptop for anything extreme. Although I do need a PC laptop for rooting needs.

Are RAM and SSD upgradeable?

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TheMimic12 says:

Haven't seen anything. Not a clue. these usually aren't upgradeable like your typical laptop.

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kinster02 says:

I don't know about this Toshiba but the hp 14 and Acer C720 SSD's have been upgraded with the C720 being the easier of the two but the RAM is soldered in. Although soldered in, some on the CB forums have manage somehow to upgrade the RAM to 6gb.

kinster02 says:

I love my Chromebooks and I will receive my new hp 14 tomorrow. It funny when you here some say that without a internet connection a Chromebook is useless but I can't remember the last time I or anybody I know that used a computer without an internet connection. It fact, isn't that one of the first things your new computer looks for in order you to register or download updates? I also recall MS internet security essential going red when ever I disconnected.

sonnyg85 says:

I been looking at chromebooks for a bit and really want the pixel just because I like it a real lot. I wonder it Google going to make a 2nd generating of the pixel i already have a HP probook for my company which I only use a couple applications like Peachtree etc.... besides that I use chrome browser and all the apps on chrome also Google docs is awesome. What I love is Google docs always saves after every edit so if I gotta go out I can always continue on my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

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Chrome books are good for playing around on the Internet. But disconnect it from your wireless signal and its a large fancy door stopper.

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eahinrichsen says:

True, but as someone says every time we have a Chromebook thread, how often do you (or the vast majority of laptop users, rather) use a laptop in a place where wifi isn't available?

eramos31 says:

Exactly, most people wouldn't even use they're laptops if they had no internet connection. By the way I can play any offline games/apps when I'm not connected and open a good amount of file formats through the built-in media player/photo app on my chromebook :)

ACADM says:

That's absolute bollocks.

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saltyzip says:

Not quite correct, you need to read this. https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en-GB

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LeroyRJR says:

The more manufacturers that start offering these, the more consumers purchase, will send the message to Google to really start working on more functionality and more available applications

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What I need is a Nexus 10 to bridge the gap between Nexus5 and galaxy tab3. What do I need to look for in a replacement of my Dell dual core pos?

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Knightedpawn says:

You could get a net book for 300 and do 10 more than a chrome book

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MrBucket85 says:

You could but I have and I wouldn't.

MrBucket85 says:

If a Chromebook doesn't do everything you need your primary computer to do, DON'T REPLACE YOUR PRIMARY COMPUTER WITH A CHROMEBOOK!

It's that simple.

Buy a Chromebook to replace the cheapo laptop you use while watching TV or to replace the 15 year old paperweight sitting on your desk. If you need something with a full desktop and higher specs stop looking at the less powerful options in the $300 range - you're probably not going to be happy with what you get no matter what it is.

dchawk81 says:

My phone is the cheapo laptop I use while watching TV...

dchawk81 says:

You can make a list of the things you normally do and the Chromebook will do them.

But then there's that one thing...

saltyzip says:

Higher resolution screens please

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I'm looking to upgrade from the series 3 but none of the manufacturers are offering a machine with at least 1920x1080 resolution.

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