Toshiba Chromebook 2 with Full HD Screen. Hands-On at IFA.

Posted on 03 September 2014, Last updated on 17 June 2018 by

Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB30-B (8)

Toshiba were showing off the new Chromebook 2 (CB30-B) at IFA in Berlin so I took some time to get acquainted. At an estimated 400 Euros it’s not a cheap Chromebook but it’s an interesting offering because you’ve got a Full HD 13.3-inch screen in just 1300 grams (2.9 pounds.) Like the Lenovo N20p it’s offering something a little bit different and after spending time with it I’m quite impressed. There’s a hands-on video below.

The screen really is punchy and sharp and is going to make video viewing (remember that Chrome OS on Baytrail-M is a good, efficient combination for that)  a real pleasure. It’s fanless too and there’s some great SkullCandy speakers. (Put some headphones on and listen to the video below.)

Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB30-B - Copy

 

As for the keyboard and mouse it’s also good news. The touchpad is huge and the keyboard, although not backlit, has a very good mechanism. Of course we’d need to spend a lot more time to really make a final judgement but first impressions are good.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB30-B

If you don’t want the Full HD screen there’s an HD screen available with a matt finish (above image, left.) This could make sense for those thinking about more serious usage scenarios with the Toshiba Chromebook 2

The price seems fair with the HD screen version (with 2GB) coming in under 350 Euro and the full HD version (with 4GB) at 400 Euro, or thereabouts. Have a look at the video below and let us know what you think.

Extra: All the live images have been uploaded to a gallery at UMPCPortal.

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