Toshiba CB35-B3340

The insanely popular Chromebook from Toshiba, the CB35-B3340 is one of the best deals out there in terms of value for money. Starting out with a list price of just $329, you can easily find it nowadays for $279 or even less if you search hard enough. This laptop will remain a favorite in many people’s hearts for years to come thanks to its main ingredients: quality materials, simple and ergonomic design, very good battery life and great specs considering the price it’s listed at.

This sleek laptop comes with all the goodies provided by Google and although the technical specs are anything but top tier, the aid from the search giant makes the small Toshiba (and any Chromebook for that matter) a highly portable and versatile machine. Take the storage capacity for example: although it comes equipped with a fast SSD, it can only hold 16GB of data, but with Google Drive integrated from the start, you can save up to 100GB of data for free on the cloud. So, essentially you’d have 116GB of storage space available.

However, this laptop really shines when it comes to portability: it delivers up to 9 hours of battery life and weighs just under 3 pounds. The smallish screen size of 13.3 inches is lavished with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, revealing a magnificent display with great pixel density and clarity. It also comes equipped with the new, faster 802.11ac wireless card and is guaranteed to start in seconds thanks to the SSD, the Intel Celeron processor and those 4GB of memory. The only thing I have against it is the lack of a fan dissipating heat from inside the casing. On hot days it may tend to overheat a bit.

Technical Specifications



Product Toshiba CB35-B3340
Details Click to learn more and check prices
Processor Name Intel Celeron N2840
Processor Type Dual Core, 22nm litho
Processor Technology 2.16 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache
Installed / Max Memory 4 GB / unspecified
Memory Technology DDR3L SDRAM @ 1600 MHz
Total Memory Slots Unspecified
Storage Capacity 16 GB
Storage Type SSD eMMC
Display Technology IPS
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
Graphic Processor Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Video RAM Shared
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Audio Technology Skullcandy tuned speakers
Speakers 2 x speakers
Connectivity 802.11ac Wireless Card
Bluetooth 4.0
Interface 1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Headphone/Microphone combo jack
Built-in Devices 720p Webcam
Card Reader
Other Features None
Operating System Chrome OS
Battery Type 3-Cell Li-Polymer Built-In
Battery Capacity 45 Whr
Maximum Battery Life Up to 9 hours
Dimensions (W x D x H) 12.6″ x 8.4″ x 0.7″
Weight 2.9 lbs.
Warranty 1-Year Parts & Labor

Scores


65% Complete
95% Complete
95% Complete

Although I gave it 65 points for performance, the Toshiba will do its job just fine if you use it to browse the internet, write emails, watch videos, edit spreadsheets and other daily tasks. Should I have taken those points into consideration, I would’ve probably given it 85 points. The fine tuned audio from Skullcandy is a nice touch: you’ll listen to rich and natural sounds using it. Also, the design is really on point. From the sleek lines, the glacial silver, the perfectly positioned touch pad to the laid-back lower case font they used for the keyboard, everything concerning the Toshiba CB35-B3340 screams quality. It’s a great, portable device to carry around wherever you go.

The pros:

  • Great battery life
  • Fast startup
  • Fantastic design
  • Lightweight
  • Decent specs for everyday use
  • Cheap, but not cheaply made

The cons:

  • Fanless (tends to heat up)
  • A better processor would have vastly improved the spec sheet

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