Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook Review

Toshiba CB35-A3120 review

Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook Specifications

Display: 13.3″ 1366×768, 117.8 PPI, 210 cd/m², Glossy finish
Battery: 3990mAh 9 hours
Dimensions: 32.77 x 22.61 x 2.03 cm (12.9 x 8.9 x 0.8 in)
Weight: 1.44 kg (3.17 lb)
CPU: Intel Celeron 2955U  Haswell dual core @ 1.4GHz
Storage: 16GB SSD
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n dual band and Bluetooth 4.0
Connectivity: 0.9MP WebcamMicrophone
3.5mm Headset JackHDMI

USB 3.0 x 2

COMPLETE FIT AND FINISH: The outside and inside are definitely the most fingerprint actually showing no indications of regular everyday management. Contrast that to the HP 11 which looks to get fingerprinted the worst upwards. There’s almost no flex within the body. I’d rate the HP 11 in rigidity followed this Toshiba by the Acer C720, and the Samsung. Keep in mind to never lift ANY notebook by the display/lid. All the seam borders feel great on this Chromebook. The Acers are most likely the worst in this region while the HP 11 is the greatest, as well as Samsung and the Toshiba fall comfortably. Overall, it is put together computer. The bottom/rear has exhaust and port slots for the fan to circulate air, but it is as closed as the Acers. HP 11 and the Samsung have no observable port slots. The HP 11 additionally has no observable screws holding the case together, though they’re there under the coloured plastic bits in the underside. The Toshiba additionally uses fine speaker grilles instead of simply slots in the underside. Samsung and the HP 11 can get quite warm when you are shoving them, while considerably cooler run thanks to the fan (provided that you do not obstruct the ports). And before I wrap up this section I’d also like to urge the Amazonbasics 13.3″ notebook sleeve. It will not save it from a high drop, when you transport it, but it’ll protect the computer from scratches and the components.

DISPLAY: I haven’t ever been entirely satisfied with the screen on my Acer C720, although I’ve taken it. I was instantly impressed with the display as soon as I fired up the Toshiba. The tone was not cool and reminded me of the display on the Samsung, but with more vibrant colours. The default background picture revealed extremely fine reds, yellows, and oranges; colours that don’t so bad on the Acers. The brightness is not bad, and right on par together with all our Chromebooks. The display does not have the viewing angles of the HP 11 or the quality, but it isn’t almost as trendy in tone as the Acers. The Acer seems blue when you truly look at them using a field of white in the display. Having the same resolution in this bigger panel (when in comparison with the 11.6″ versions) does not actually appear to be an issue at all. It actually works in this situation, although a fan of glossy panels normally not me. I’d rate the display a good second to the HP 11 and I’m rather pleased with it (both in size and picture) . Utilizing the single colour backgrounds I discovered no issues and did a kind of quasi pixel evaluation. The sole awful pixel we’ve got on some of the Chromebooks is on my C720 and it’s not actually a black spot or a trapped colour as much as simply the appearance of a tiny smudge in the display (and I never actually see it in regular use). The lid/casing itself is sturdy enough (not as flimsy as is felt by the HP 11) but I’d urge, as with any notebook, that it is manipulated by you from the centre or concurrently from both corners.

The computer keyboard undoubtedly has an alternative feel to it when in comparison with the other Chromebooks. The HP 11 has the very best keyboard of the group by a large margin. As other reviewers have mentioned, the computer keyboard is a (tiny) little stiff. I’d imagine that I will fix to it (which I’m even as I type this review), but nonetheless, it simply does not appear to have the snapshot of the other machines. The Toshiba computer keyboard is silent and fine, yet, if that’s a concern for you (particularly compared to the Acers, which is often somewhat noisy). I enjoy the feel of the touchpad of the Toshiba and it’s been reacting nicely for me. The HP 11 is all the Chromebooks’ most sensitive touchpad and it works for me when it is set below the utmost rate to one click. I’d rate the Toshiba’s touchpad as my favorite. I definitely like it better in relation to the pad to the Acer that I use as a result of the bigger size as well as the surface texture. Do not be overly quick to judge the touchpad functionality of any Chromebook. Especially when you have lots of Chrome programs or if you’re coming from a distinct Chromebook. This was the fault of the pad, but instead an effect of all of the programs installed and being downloaded.

OPERATION: This Chromebook is and I have done everything with it that I have done with all our Chromebooks looks just as quick as my 4GB C720. From being shut down to showing the logon display takes the Haswells perhaps from slumber to logon, and 5 seconds maximum is around as quick as you can open the lid. Web pages load fast and scroll quite easily. Utilizing the example of on the Haswells the page loads fast and the scrolling smooths out immediately as well, Facebook, Samsung and the HP 11 take more time to load and also the page does not scroll as easily. The Haswell machines are outstanding performers in comparison to the ARM machines such as HP 11 and the Samsung which get the task done, but are undoubtedly in need of a performance upgrade (that I consider is right around the corner). You need to see development as pages you see are cached, as the system gets broken in, and operation could additionally improve. I added my C720 4GB which works amazing and a 128GB SSD, and I am expecting to do the same with this Toshiba. I would just like to wait until I can locate more details regarding the internals. In case it uses the exact same kind SSD drive as the Acers it would have been an easy upgrade that is worthy and likely (though it would invalidate my warranty).

INTERFACES: Both USB 3 interfaces appear to be working just fine, although they fit a bit tighter compared to the interfaces in the other Chromebooks. It billed, but I could not browse it or transfer any files. And needing to dismount and remove your card each time you needed to case your computer may be a real pain.

As other reviewers have mentioned problems with the sound I’ve been running a continuous flow of Google Play Music of music off or playing sound from videos for the whole time I’ve been using this computer. I’m happy to report I have not had any problems as of yet. I haven’t ever had sound problems of some of our Chromebooks I can report. The loudspeakers are in the base in the front and they are able to play loud. Never have I used a headset/mic with some of the Chromebooks so I actually could not remark on how nicely that works. I utilized the webcam and it worked. In the event you do lots of video calls on Hangouts or you also like to play a webcam I’d suggest getting a better one. Based on the help files, USB webcams can be supported by Chrome OS (only not the software they come with). I’d indicate some research before buying a webcam to see whether it is not incompatible.

The Toshiba charger was mentioned by me in an earlier section, but I also needed to elaborate in the differences in the Chromebooks charge as well as the way in which they drain. As I mentioned earlier, brick and the twines for this particular Toshiba add as much as a total span of 12 feet! That is fine should you not travel a lot with your Chromebook, if you need to carry that mess around with you, but it is an issue. In the positive side, the charger carries a velcro strap that’s more than enough span to wind the wires into a a package that is manageable. The cords to the Acer add up to 9 feet. It’s going to take around 8 hours to finish a total charge, should you make an effort to charge it using an average phone charger. The actual icing on the cake is that unless you’re charging it with the Google charger it is not going to charge while it is being used by you. It won’t as fast, but it won’t charge. All the other Chromebooks we’ve in approximately 2 hours completely charge with their huge old bricks (the Toshiba only charged to complete in 1:40) from 3%. The Chromebooks usually runs at about 70 percent brightness; occasionally lower whether the room is dimmer. With that in your mind, I’ve found the HP 11 to possess the shortest battery life (likely because of the screen appearing so great when you turn it up). As far as I can tell, the Toshiba as well as the Acers appear to get pretty much the same battery life, with a potential border visiting the Toshiba. If you’d like a machine that can run all day I’d urge the Toshiba or the Acers. I’m not going to state time in hours since there are simply too many variables which affect battery life. My evaluations are based on finding the typical battery life, and using the Chromebooks the method I use them. If you truly need to hypermile the battery on a Chromebook you must turn the brightness down and dump the streaming. I’ve gotten off of Toshiba over 10 hours when the screen dimmed and did not stream video.


Toshiba CB35-A3120 Review
  • 8.8/10
    Performance - 8.8/10
  • 8.9/10
    Design and Features - 8.9/10
  • 8.7/10
    Battery - 8.7/10
  • 8.6/10
    Screen - 8.6/10
User Review
4.33 (3 votes)


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