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Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: Impressive Chromebook for the cost

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Performance and battery life

It doesn't take much to run Chrome OS, something else that helps keep Chromebooks inexpensive. For the Chromebook 2, you get a newer, better-than-Atom dual-core 2.58GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor, 4GB of memory (2GB if you go with the lower-resolution version) and 16GB of flash storage (100GB of Google Drive cloud storage is included as well).

The 4GB of memory does appear to have some benefit, seen both in our benchmarks and anecdotal use. Video playback -- streamed and stored locally -- was smoother than I've experienced on models with 2GB of memory and managing multiple windows with several tabs open didn't result in a sluggish experience.

Simple photo editing using Pixlr Touch Up or Polarr or playing a quick game of Cut the Rope weren't issues, either. Still, this is no gaming system and if you think you'll need better graphics performance, consider the Acer Chromebook 13 . Otherwise, the Intel HD graphics are good enough for most Chromebook activities.

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As for battery life, Toshiba claims up to 11.5 hours of battery life on the 1,366x768-resolution model and up to 9 hours on the 1,920x1,080-resolution model we tested. Those times are based on results from Google's power-testing procedures.

Using our continuous wireless video-streaming test with sound and screen brightness set to 50 percent, we hit 5 hours and 57 minutes, which is a big gap. However, with more typical everyday use of it, I had no problem breaking the 7-hour mark before feeling the need to plug in.

Conclusion

If you're looking for an all-around solid Chrome OS experience -- with one of the best screens we've seen on a Chromebook -- the Toshiba Chromebook 2 should be your starting point. One look at its price tag basically eliminated any issues we had with it.

Futuremark Peacekeeper

Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook
1293
Lenovo N20p Chromebook
1334
Acer Chromebook 13
1399
HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
1455
Samsung Chromebook XE500C12
1614
Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2
1694

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance


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Samsung Chromebook XE500C12
589
Acer Chromebook 13
574
Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook
566
HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
518
Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2
514
Lenovo N20p Chromebook
513

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance


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HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
1000
Lenovo N20p Chromebook
1260
Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2
1360
Samsung Chromebook XE500C12
1380
Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook
1420
Acer Chromebook 13
3820

Note:

Longer bars indicates better performance

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HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
177
Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook
336
Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2
357
Samsung Chromebook XE500C12
426
Acer Chromebook 13
483
Lenovo N20p Chromebook
499

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

System configurations

Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2
Chrome OS; 2.58GHz Intel Celeron N2840; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz; 16GB SSD

Lenovo Yoga 11e
Chrome OS; 1.83GHz Intel Celeron N2930; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 16GB SSD

HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
Chrome OS; 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 16GB SSD

Acer Chromebook 13
Chrome OS; 2.10GHz Nvidia Tegra K1; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 16GB SSD

Lenovo N20p
Chrome OS; 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 16GB SSD

Samsung Chromebook XE500C12
Chrome OS; 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830; 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 16GB SSD

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