Toshiba 13.3" Chromebook - £199.95 @ JohnLewis.com
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Toshiba 13.3" Chromebook - £199.95 @ JohnLewis.com

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Found 6th Sep 2014
09/09/14 @ 21:00hrs - out of stock again.

Lowest ever price I've seen this new, a great Chromebook offering a 13.3" form factor.

Next cheapest I can see is currently £219 at Amazon. From memory it's twice appeared there at £199.99, but obviously not right now.

yam1 - John Lewis sell this with a 2 year guarantee included in the price.

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Original Poster

A bit of info on this Chromebook and Google ChromeOS:

Plus points:

* Near instant boot
* Long battery life - up to 6hrs
* Still fairly light weight for the form factor - 1.5kg
* Ability to work offline in Google Apps and with Gmail Offline App. Local video and music playback also fine.
* Do more than you probably think you can - FTP, SSH
* On this model, HDMI out, SD Card slot, 2 x USB 3.0 ports
* 100GB of Google Drive space to claim for 2 yrs - see Goodies here.


Points to be aware of:

* You're pretty much 'just' running Chrome browser. Try using it on your PC first, check the Chrome Web Store too.
* No Skype - use Google Hangouts app instead.
* You can't install Windows, or Windows programs, e.g. MS Office. You can however use Google Apps, MS Office Online in your browser.


Why Wouldn't I just buy/use a tablet or cheap Windows laptop instead?

My personal opinion - when I want a full website, not just the mobile version, on a decent sized screen, want to be able to turn my device on and be 'productive' in ~10 seconds and have a decent physical keyboard integrated into the device, my Chromebook wins out over my Windows laptop, desktop, Android mobile and tablet.

Original Poster

Cold votes - available cheaper else where?

John Lewis sell this with a 2 year guarantee included in the price.

i like my two chromebooks but not a full pc replacement machine.

it's this versus the Acer 720 for me. This has bigger screen (though at same resolution) but is heavier.

There's a Toshiba CB 2 on the way so expect these to drop in price.

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longbowassassin

i like my two chromebooks but not a full pc replacement machine.



Agree, just for 90% of what I do (and I'd think a lot of people), the Chromebook does it better and is more useful that my other devices most of the time.

I've recently been looking for a bigger screen Chromebook than the normal 11" and this is a brilliant price. Heat.

From Expert Reviews
expertreviews.co.uk/lap…0/1

The Toshiba CB30-102 ranks among the best-value mid-size laptops on the … The Toshiba CB30-102 ranks among the best-value mid-size laptops on the market. It’s more powerful and cheaper than the 14-inch HP Pavilion Chromebook while offering much better battery life. Things are less clear-cut when compared with the benchmark-setting Acer C720, though. The Acer C720 is cheaper and has marginally better performance, but the CB30-102 has a larger screen. If you want a great value Chromebook with a fairly large screen, the Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 is the one to buy.

More details are at the top of an earlier deal I posted on this hotukdeals.com/dea…911

It's also worth looking at the HP 14" Chromebook with the same processor which is what I picked up in the end from the Argos Outlet.
I'm very pleased with the HP nice build quality no fan and runs pretty cool.

They still have refurbs of both models
HP 14" ebay.eu/1te…rtT
Toshiba 13" ebay.eu/1lI…IOE
Edited by: "pants" 7th Sep 2014

What I don't understand is how this model has two USB 3.0 ports yet the new model due out soon only has one USB 3.0 port

jrussd

What I don't understand is how this model has two USB 3.0 ports yet the … What I don't understand is how this model has two USB 3.0 ports yet the new model due out soon only has one USB 3.0 port



Possibly because after research they found out or decided that two USB 3.0 ports are almost never used simultaneously or even necessary.

I'm selling my haswell i7 laptop to get a Chromebook, I'm waiting for 1080p models to come out, the two I'm looking at are >

Toshiba Chromebook 2

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/toshibas-chromebook-2-will-give-you-a-13-1080p-ips-display-for-330/

and Acer Chromebook 13

arstechnica.com/gad…ay/

Skype could well come to Chrome OS, it's technically possible. Please everyone vote for Skype here >

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10mlIGJq2ENubhkvTJYk11ujckA8t-RYx06qr61EPI_g/viewform

then paste in this link and click submit >

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.raider

Then hopefully via Android app integration we'll have Skype on Chrome OS

As I've mentioned in another thread, unless you have a Google print or cloud print printer or a printer connected to another computer that is turned on, you will not be able to print from the chromebook.

For ms office users you can also use office online.

Thought I'd let you know in case you weren't sure.
my laptop now only gets used if we have to print something or for when I'm using lightroom.

cymru1978

As I've mentioned in another thread, unless you have a Google print or … As I've mentioned in another thread, unless you have a Google print or cloud print printer or a printer connected to another computer that is turned on, you will not be able to print from the chromebook.For ms office users you can also use office online. Thought I'd let you know in case you weren't sure. my laptop now only gets used if we have to print something or for when I'm using lightroom.


Actually if you have an Android phone you can print via that instead of a PC linked to a printer. As most people are likely to have their mobile phone on this means very little hassle.
Additionally one can run Linux on these machines concurrently (I run the latest Ubuntu 14:04), that is one can switch between the two OSs with one key stroke. So for the very few times I need Skype I can switch straight away. I prefer Google Docs but also have Libre Office on Ubuntu in case of need.

have had this version of chromebook since release. only use my laptop now days for syncing my iphone and dowloading stuff (once a week). Great piece of tech. open and is on ready for use. Never crashed on me. Cool features. There is always a firmware update with some improvement. can't fault really!

Chrome is dead .... Wait u will get cheaper laptop with good battery life .. New just released.... Otherwise happy learning and just depend on cloud

kuberhot

Chrome is dead .... Wait u will get cheaper laptop with good battery life … Chrome is dead .... Wait u will get cheaper laptop with good battery life .. New just released.... Otherwise happy learning and just depend on cloud



Nonsense, Chrome is far from dead and Android integration is coming.

Unfortunately for myself I've never managed to link my phone Galaxy S3 to my printer but maybe I'm missing something.
I understand what you are saying about Linux (something I've never really used) but I don't think this is a great option for those without the knowledge.

JohnBUK

Actually if you have an Android phone you can print via that instead of a … Actually if you have an Android phone you can print via that instead of a PC linked to a printer. As most people are likely to have their mobile phone on this means very little hassle. Additionally one can run Linux on these machines concurrently (I run the latest Ubuntu 14:04), that is one can switch between the two OSs with one key stroke. So for the very few times I need Skype I can switch straight away. I prefer Google Docs but also have Libre Office on Ubuntu in case of need.

fishmaster

Nonsense, Chrome is far from dead and Android integration is coming.



I heard that, but so far it doesn't seem very good engadget.com/201…ew/ or are there better examples about?

The two new Chromebooks mentioned earlier are interesting, one is ARM based and one Atom based, is their performance better than the Intel Haswell (Celeron) in this Toshiba (and my HP 14) which rarely ever has performance issues, maybe on Bing maps once or something like that?

A friend had the Acer C7 which was exynos (ARM) powered and performance was really mediocre, are the latest generation of these processors up to scratch now?





Edited by: "pants" 7th Sep 2014

Does anyone know when the Samsung Chromebook 2 13 inch, and Toshiba Chromebook 2 will be available in the UK?

pants

I heard that, but so far it doesn't seem very good … I heard that, but so far it doesn't seem very good http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/21/hp-slatebook-14-review/ or are there better examples about?The two new Chromebooks mentioned earlier are interesting, one is ARM based and one Atom based, is their performance better than the Intel Haswell (Celeron) in this Toshiba (and my HP 14) which rarely ever has performance issues, maybe on Bing maps once or something like that? A friend had the Acer C7 which was exynos (ARM) powered and performance was really mediocre, are the latest generation of these processors up to scratch now?



Tegra K1 in the Acer, which is the fastest SOC available with best graphics performance until Apple release their A8 based products

pants

I heard that, but so far it doesn't seem very good … I heard that, but so far it doesn't seem very good http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/21/hp-slatebook-14-review/ or are there better examples about?The two new Chromebooks mentioned earlier are interesting, one is ARM based and one Atom based, is their performance better than the Intel Haswell (Celeron) in this Toshiba (and my HP 14) which rarely ever has performance issues, maybe on Bing maps once or something like that? A friend had the Acer C7 which was exynos (ARM) powered and performance was really mediocre, are the latest generation of these processors up to scratch now?



That's a pure Android based laptop it doesn't relate to Chrome OS / Android integration which isn't yet available.

wowtarzan

Does anyone know when the Samsung Chromebook 2 13 inch, and Toshiba … Does anyone know when the Samsung Chromebook 2 13 inch, and Toshiba Chromebook 2 will be available in the UK?



I don't otherwise I might have pulled the trigger on the Acer 1080p Chromebook 13 as long as the screen is good. The Acer C720 has a terrible terrible terrible poor horrible screen, I think you get the idea I think Tegra K1 will be good enough and much better battery life than the Intel based ones and they're not too shabby. 1080p screen reduces battery life too.

cymru1978

As I've mentioned in another thread, unless you have a Google print or … As I've mentioned in another thread, unless you have a Google print or cloud print printer or a printer connected to another computer that is turned on, you will not be able to print from the chromebook.For ms office users you can also use office online. Thought I'd let you know in case you weren't sure. my laptop now only gets used if we have to print something or for when I'm using lightroom.



You can run a cheap print server like a Raspberry Pi as a Google Cloud print enabler. My next move so my XP box doesn't have to stay running Chrome browser to get the HP 6L working...

Out of Stock.

Are these likely to be re-stocked again?

Original Poster

rod147

Out of Stock. Are these likely to be re-stocked again?



I originally saw them out of stock last week, before they must have restocked/updated systems - that's when I posted. Based on that, it sounds like there could be a chance. Maybe worth checking with your local (if you have one) store/

morgie

I originally saw them out of stock last week, before they must have … I originally saw them out of stock last week, before they must have restocked/updated systems - that's when I posted. Based on that, it sounds like there could be a chance. Maybe worth checking with your local (if you have one) store/



Local store are expecting new stock and have put it on pre-order for me. Thanks.

cymru1978

Unfortunately for myself I've never managed to link my phone Galaxy S3 to … Unfortunately for myself I've never managed to link my phone Galaxy S3 to my printer but maybe I'm missing something.I understand what you are saying about Linux (something I've never really used) but I don't think this is a great option for those without the knowledge.


You can install Linux Mint on these which is remarkably similar to windows and almost as easy to use.

Very tempting. I tried one in Hughes and was very impressed. Hoping to get hands on with the HP 14 before choosing - the extra 2GB RAM in the HP will be helpful. Then there is the Acer new C720 with i3 and the new K1...

Original Poster

Back in stock online X)

morgie

Back in stock online X)


How many were in stock when you posted your message, coz it's out of stock now! Thanks for the update though.

Original Poster

Over The Knee

How many were in stock when you posted your message, coz it's out of … How many were in stock when you posted your message, coz it's out of stock now! Thanks for the update though.



Aghh. Thanks. Not sure it even said how many, apologies if so - I missed it. At a guess...1! Maybe someone cancelled their order.

I'll update the OP ....again oO

Amazon have price matched. Be quick!

Which is the best chromebook? I like the HP as it was micro usb charging facility but don't know enough about them to make an informed decision any help appreciated

Original Poster

Depe

westonborn

Which is the best chromebook? I like the HP as it was micro usb charging … Which is the best chromebook? I like the HP as it was micro usb charging facility but don't know enough about them to make an informed decision any help appreciated



As with all things, will depend what you value. Some thoughts on the main contenders and their main differences:

Acer C720:

~£179
* 11" form factor, HDMI out, SD card slot, great battery life.

HP 11:

~£200 - maybe a bit more at the moment.
* Excellent screen, charge over micro USB (but slowly). No HDMI out, you can buy a slimport adapter, no SD card slot, you could buy a USB card reader.

Toshiba

~£200
* 13" form factor, HDMI out, SD card reader.


I own the Acer and am really pleased with it.
Edited by: "morgie" 25th Sep 2014
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