Toshiba Chromebook 2, Full HD 13.3" IPS screen CB30-B-104 Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Silver, £241.93 @ DABS
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Toshiba Chromebook 2, Full HD 13.3" IPS screen CB30-B-104 Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Silver, £241.93 @ DABS

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Found 12th Feb 2015
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 was released in the UK last month. There are two models. This one has a 1920 x 1080 IPS screen, which gets excellent reviews. There is also one with a 1366 x 768 TN screen, which is ~ £50 cheaper, but not as nice a screen and only has 2GB of memory.

The price started out at £255.93 but dropped to £251.93 including delivery overnight.LUCKY10 is a £10 discount voucher, so it ends up at £241.93

There is a chance of 2% cashback via Quidco.

The full HD model is out of stock in most places at the moment, including DABS. Amazon and John Lewis aren't taking orders. DABS are.

A Chromebook is not for everyone - certainly not if you want to play 3D games, or use powerful software. For basic stuff - WWW browsing, email, music and video, they should be fast enough, and you get the benefit of a fast boot time, and no Windows Updates or virus scans. If you buy a Chromebook at the moment, you get 1TB of storage on Google Drive for 2 years. That offer is certainly through to the end of February, but it has been running for a few months now, with a number of extensions.

This is the cheapest laptop I have found which has a full HD IPS screen, a decent keyboard and 5-8 hour battery life. Its not the fastest CPU, but the operating system is pretty efficient, and this means you get a long battery life.

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Original Poster

hotukdeals.com/dea…723 is a discussion of the same model for £269.95 at John Lewis

Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-Chromebook-CB30-B-104-13-3-Inch-Celeron/dp/B00RK7LFEG

theverge.com/vid…ted is a review of various Chromebooks

I would like a Chromebook with a full HD screen, so there is enough space to have two windows open, side by side. The font size does end up a bit small for the menus, unless you decrease the display resolution, which loses a lot of the point of having a high resolution screen in the first place.

toshiba.co.uk/lap…-2/ is the Toshiba UK site

This model has been available in the US since September, and gets pretty good reviews at Amazon amazon.com/Tos…k+2
Edited by: "ahenry" 12th Feb 2015

I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money.
they really are only useful for browsing the web. you begin to get frustrated at the lack of things they do. even listing items on eBay can be a pain compared to a laptop. they won't play footage of gopro cameras for example due to a disagreement somewhere between company's from what I gather.
wish I had originally just bought another laptop. which is what I'm looking for now. not totally dissing them but they can be useless to some people.

MRGRINGO

I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money. they … I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money. they really are only useful for browsing the web. you begin to get frustrated at the lack of things they do. even listing items on eBay can be a pain compared to a laptop. they won't play footage of gopro cameras for example due to a disagreement somewhere between company's from what I gather. wish I had originally just bought another laptop. which is what I'm looking for now. not totally dissing them but they can be useless to some people.



Yes I can see where you would think that. I know some people with very limited needs will be fine with one, but I'm with you. I think for this price you may as well go Windows.

sam5959

Yes I can see where you would think that. I know some people with very … Yes I can see where you would think that. I know some people with very limited needs will be fine with one, but I'm with you. I think for this price you may as well go Windows.



I just think that as most people own a smart phone and possibly a pad of sorts, then these don't really bring anything else to the table.

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sam5959

Yes I can see where you would think that. I know some people with very … Yes I can see where you would think that. I know some people with very limited needs will be fine with one, but I'm with you. I think for this price you may as well go Windows.



My daughter is at 6th form, and it would be good for her to be able to have a laptop with her documents anywhere with internet access (which is most places she would use it). Windows Updates are a pain if you do them manually, and if you set them to do automatically, you are likely to find it has rebooted the computer without saving everything. That is before spyware checks, antivirus, Java updates etc. A Chromebook would be a bit limiting as an only computer, but as a tool for bashing out essays with music and Facebook in the background, I think it should be fine.

These are absolutely superb computers. Had one in the household since Christmas and it blows away the other laptop. Everything from screen clarity, portability, speed, style and general usability is just spot on. Can't recommend highly enough. Battery lasts around 8 hours too, which is pretty good when combined with its fanless design.

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MRGRINGO

I just think that as most people own a smart phone and possibly a pad of … I just think that as most people own a smart phone and possibly a pad of sorts, then these don't really bring anything else to the table.



A keyboard?

A touch screen might be fine for typing an email or something on a WWW page, but a proper keyboard is much better if you need to write more.

ahenry

My daughter is at 6th form, and it would be good for her to be able to … My daughter is at 6th form, and it would be good for her to be able to have a laptop with her documents anywhere with internet access (which is most places she would use it). Windows Updates are a pain if you do them manually, and if you set them to do automatically, you are likely to find it has rebooted the computer without saving everything. That is before spyware checks, antivirus, Java updates etc. A Chromebook would be a bit limiting as an only computer, but as a tool for bashing out essays with music and Facebook in the background, I think it should be fine.



your probably right as you have looked into what suits you.
its vice versa for us as my young daughter is now at the age where school home work is suggesting presenting things on power point etc etc and the Chromebook is useless for this as far as I can see. I like chrome and Google and gmail etc etc and since I bought a Motorola g 4g its all tied in nicely and gdrive cloud thing. I think its more that it lacks Microsoft packages like excel , word etc and I'm not used to their alternative.
but brilliant for fast booting and quick operating etc.

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MRGRINGO

your probably right as you have looked into what suits you. its vice … your probably right as you have looked into what suits you. its vice versa for us as my young daughter is now at the age where school home work is suggesting presenting things on power point etc etc and the Chromebook is useless for this as far as I can see. I like chrome and Google and gmail etc etc and since I bought a Motorola g 4g its all tied in nicely and gdrive cloud thing. I think its more that it lacks Microsoft packages like excel , word etc and I'm not used to their alternative. but brilliant for fast booting and quick operating etc.



Office Online works on a Chromebook, and is free. https://support.office.microsoft.com/en-gb/article/Get-started-at-Officecom-91a4ec74-67fe-4a84-a268-f6bdf3da1804?CorrelationId=af6a799f-da95-4497-8c41-386b9a46b2db&ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB

If using Office is important, then it would be worth checking that this does what you need it to do, before you take the plunge.

Printing from a Chromebook is another area where you might want to check that things will work beforehand. With some printers you can will print directly. Others might need to have the printer plugged into another PC, and use Google cloud print. google.co.uk/clo…rn/

ahenry

A keyboard?A touch screen might be fine for typing an email or something … A keyboard?A touch screen might be fine for typing an email or something on a WWW page, but a proper keyboard is much better if you need to write more.


BT Apple looky-likey kb £15 from B&M, works with Phone or tablet...sorted!

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This is a hot deal because its the cheapest price in the UK and a fantastic product

MRGRINGO

I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money. they … I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money. they really are only useful for browsing the web. you begin to get frustrated at the lack of things they do. even listing items on eBay can be a pain compared to a laptop. they won't play footage of gopro cameras for example due to a disagreement somewhere between company's from what I gather. wish I had originally just bought another laptop. which is what I'm looking for now. not totally dissing them but they can be useless to some people.



did you try the user agent switcher extension in the chrome web store?
It mimics browser strings of Firefox/safari/I.E etc so you can use eBay to sell easily, it's what I do on mine and not had any issues.

As for anyone else wondering
There's no locally installed software on a Chromebook but if you can find a web app that will be successful then, great! (Pixlr is my fave FREE PHOTOSHOP haha) Things like mass storage devices are fine, but printers you can't plug in as it needs software, it won't work. A lot of websites (have) are moving away from Java and using HTML5 which is what one of the issues with certain sites are, similar to apple I guess.
ahh I'm gonna shut up as I worked with Chromebooks/android for two years so I'm just gonna shut up before I bore anyone and ramble.

These things are great and can do more than what you think but it isn't for everyone!

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Sandpapersparkle

did you try the user agent switcher extension in the chrome web store? It … did you try the user agent switcher extension in the chrome web store? It mimics browser strings of Firefox/safari/I.E etc so you can use eBay to sell easily, it's what I do on mine and not had any issues.As for anyone else wondering There's no locally installed software on a Chromebook but if you can find a web app that will be successful then, great! (Pixlr is my fave FREE PHOTOSHOP haha) Things like mass storage devices are fine, but printers you can't plug in as it needs software, it won't work. A lot of websites (have) are moving away from Java and using HTML5 which is what one of the issues with certain sites are, similar to apple I guess.ahh I'm gonna shut up as I worked with Chromebooks/android for two years so I'm just gonna shut up before I bore anyone and ramble. These things are great and can do more than what you think but it isn't for everyone!



OK, I've got a printer at home...can I print using said printer? It's a wireless printer...does that make a difference? Its a HP envy 4500
Edited by: "jihadijulz" 13th Feb 2015

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ahenry

My daughter is at 6th form, and it would be good for her to be able to … My daughter is at 6th form, and it would be good for her to be able to have a laptop with her documents anywhere with internet access (which is most places she would use it). Windows Updates are a pain if you do them manually, and if you set them to do automatically, you are likely to find it has rebooted the computer without saving everything. That is before spyware checks, antivirus, Java updates etc. A Chromebook would be a bit limiting as an only computer, but as a tool for bashing out essays with music and Facebook in the background, I think it should be fine.



Don't think you've used Windows 8? Updates in the background, never disturb me anymore. Only know it's updated when I shutdown myself and it says updating.

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xela333

Don't think you've used Windows 8? Updates in the background, never … Don't think you've used Windows 8? Updates in the background, never disturb me anymore. Only know it's updated when I shutdown myself and it says updating.



Yes I am using Windows 8.

If you have updates set to download automatically, when you get one that needs to reboot the computer, then it will do so on its own.Tough luck if you had anything important running at the time.

I got bitten by this a couple of weeks ago, where I set a calculation off to run over the weekend on a new computer with a fresh Windows installation. I came back to find that it had rebooted itself after a couple of hours to install a Windows Update.

For my work computers I'll install the updates manually. For a computer for my kids, it would be nice to have something which works automatically, but more gracefully. I'm sure a Chromebook will also need to reboot itself every so often, but with the more limited range of applications that run, then it should be able to save and restore the data that was running at the time.
Edited by: "ahenry" 13th Feb 2015

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jihadijulz

OK, I've got a printer at home...can I print using said printer? It's a … OK, I've got a printer at home...can I print using said printer? It's a wireless printer...does that make a difference? Its a HP envy 4500



h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/…268 explains how to set it up

Original Poster

The price started out at £255.93 but dropped to £251.93 including delivery overnight. LUCKY10 is a £10 discount voucher so it drops to £241.93
Edited by: "ahenry" 13th Feb 2015

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jihadijulz

price is now £250.94


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Yes, but postage is 99p and there is a £10 discount code

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ahenry

TYes, but postage is 99p and there is a £10 discount code



i know - thats why i deleted my comment...

i've ordered by the way - thanks for the post

been watching this for a while and was willing to buy from john lewis, but at this price i couldn't resist

Had this model just over a week now & i have no complaints.

Isn't this the standard HD version? Can't see the full HD version on their website?

Where did the OP find the info about DABS taking orders for the Full HD version? Been looking for one for time yet can't seem to find a full HD version anywhere...

I have the Toshiba Chromebook 1 and it's superb. This is tempting.

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kenj1

Isn't this the standard HD version? Can't see the full HD version on … Isn't this the standard HD version? Can't see the full HD version on their website? Where did the OP find the info about DABS taking orders for the Full HD version? Been looking for one for time yet can't seem to find a full HD version anywhere...



The DABS listing says that it has the Celeron N2840 processor (which means its the Chromebook 2) and 4GB RAM (which is only for the full HD model). The specifications are at Toshiba http://www.toshiba.co.uk/laptops/chromebook/chromebook-2/

It says that they don't have stock but they are taking orders.

A few weeks ago Amazon UK were listing delivery as 1-2 months but if you ordered, then they arrived after about a week. I was waiting for some Amazon vouchers to come through from Quidco. By the time that they did, then Amazon were out of stock and not taking orders.

Toshiba had stock of the full HD model for a while if you rang them up at 020 3603 8917, but that was at £269.95.

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Dabs should change the listing on their site to reflect the screen resolution

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ahenry

The DABS listing says that it has the Celeron N2840 processor (which … The DABS listing says that it has the Celeron N2840 processor (which means its the Chromebook 2) and 4GB RAM (which is only for the full HD model). The specifications are at Toshiba http://www.toshiba.co.uk/laptops/chromebook/chromebook-2/It says that they don't have stock but they are taking orders. A few weeks ago Amazon UK were listing delivery as 1-2 months but if you ordered, then they arrived after about a week. I was waiting for some Amazon vouchers to come through from Quidco. By the time that they did, then Amazon were out of stock and not taking orders.Toshiba had stock of the full HD model for a while if you rang them up at 020 3603 8917, but that was at £269.95.



I'd pay the extra £30 for the full HD version, better give Toshiba a call.

I wouldn't recommend the standard version if the 1080p version is only £30 extra.

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jihadijulz

Dabs should change the listing on their site to reflect the screen … Dabs should change the listing on their site to reflect the screen resolution


True...

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kenj1

CommentI'd pay the extra £30 for the full HD version, better give Toshiba … CommentI'd pay the extra £30 for the full HD version, better give Toshiba a call.I wouldn't recommend the standard version if the 1080p version is only £30 extra.



This one is 4GB, so it should be the full HD 1080p version. The list price for the 2GB HD model is £219.95,

Finally! USA had it for half a year already... Not cool! Got 1st Toshiba chromebook and love it. The browsing speed is better then on my i5 powered laptop. And yes it is a browser only, however there are many extensions and apps to help you do more.

is it good for programing? can I use webstorm?

ahenry

Windows Updates are a pain if you do them manually, and if you set them … Windows Updates are a pain if you do them manually, and if you set them to do automatically, you are likely to find it has rebooted the computer without saving everything.


It's crazy that windows does that by default - it takes 2 minutes to stop it happening though via regedit.

Just called Toshiba... aHenry, your info is bang on the money! The 4gb version is the full HD model.

This is a deal!!!

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QuantumInfo

is it good for programing? can I use webstorm?



You can install Linux via "Crouton" and quickly toggle between ChromeOS and Linux. You can then use webstorm from Linux. linux.com/lea…ton has more. I'm sure there will be some more comments on using Crouton with this model in the 300+ reviews on amazon.com.

There's a few solutions to run Android apps on Chromebooks including Skype. I can't confirm if the latest Skype version works, but it has been working. Have a read of these >

http://www.reddit.com/r/chromeapks/comments/2gy678/open_source_simplelauncher_has_been_made_many/

http://www.omgchrome.com/twerk-chrome-archon-apk-maker-desktop/

chrome.google.com/web…iaf?hl=en

techapple.net/201…me/

Screen is too high res, nothing scales properly, everything is so tiny. If you make the text bigger or scale it up manually it just makes web pages look jumbled and bunched up, gave me a headache.

The trackpad wobbles when you touch it and the casing has this horribly cheap feel to it, especially the underside. It gets really hot just from doing nothing at all as well. Also not that quick, for example Facebook takes a long pause before everything is loaded up.

Looks good playing video though, I have to admit.

Even though it's relatively cheap, I ended up returning mine, too many quibbles to be worth it.
Edited by: "jami3rez" 13th Feb 2015

jami3rez

Screen is too high res, nothing scales properly, everything is so tiny. … Screen is too high res, nothing scales properly, everything is so tiny. If you make the text bigger or scale it up manually it just makes web pages look jumbled and bunched up, gave me a headache.The trackpad wobbles when you touch it and the casing has this horribly cheap feel to it, especially the underside. It gets really hot just from doing nothing at all as well. Also not that quick, for example Facebook takes a long pause before everything is loaded up.Looks good playing video though, I have to admit.Even though it's relatively cheap, I ended up returning mine, too many quibbles to be worth it.



Do you think the screen would be too high res for linux? I want to get something to do development on, on the move, and a chromebook (or a linx 10) seems to be the best answer

Sandpapersparkle

did you try the user agent switcher extension in the chrome web store? It … did you try the user agent switcher extension in the chrome web store? It mimics browser strings of Firefox/safari/I.E etc so you can use eBay to sell easily, it's what I do on mine and not had any issues.



Would you recommend a particular user agent switcher extension?
thanks

Don't understand these when you can get better laptops for flexibility or a tablet with keyboard for better mobility. I could understand chromebooks if they were really cheap but they just sit in the middle ground where they serve little purpose.

appears to have been removed from dabs.com now. Just as I was going to buy one!

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minicale

Don't understand these when you can get better laptops for flexibility or … Don't understand these when you can get better laptops for flexibility or a tablet with keyboard for better mobility. I could understand chromebooks if they were really cheap but they just sit in the middle ground where they serve little purpose.



How much do you have to pay for a Windows laptop with a nice IPS full HD screen, and a battery that lasts at least 5 hours? A Lenovo T440s or T440p fits the bill, and I'm a T440p right now, but is more like £1200.

Tablets are great for some stuff, but they are rubbish for multitasking - writing a document in one window, whilst having a few WWW pages open for reference.

MRGRINGO

I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money. they … I bought a Samsung Chromebook and wish I hadn't wasted my money. they really are only useful for browsing the web. you begin to get frustrated at the lack of things they do. even listing items on eBay can be a pain compared to a laptop. they won't play footage of gopro cameras for example due to a disagreement somewhere between company's from what I gather. wish I had originally just bought another laptop. which is what I'm looking for now. not totally dissing them but they can be useless to some people.



I have trouble with mine on eBay too. I think it's to do with the ARM chip in the Samsung CB's. the website thinks it's a phone so serves up a less functional mobile version of the site. have had the same issue on others sites. there's a chrome extension called user-agent switcher that changes it to fool websites into thinking you're running a different browser. I have found this fixes most issues but not eBay. that's the one thing I have to do on a windows laptop.
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