Toshiba Chromebook 2 reduced from £199.99 to £149.99 at PC World/Currys/John Lewis and Amazon with free 100GB Google Drive account upgrade
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Toshiba Chromebook 2 reduced from £199.99 to £149.99 at PC World/Currys/John Lewis and Amazon with free 100GB Google Drive account upgrade

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Found 12th Dec 2015
Product features

Chrome OS
Intel® Celeron® Processor N2840
Memory: 2 GB
Storage: 16 GB eMMC
Up to 11.5 hours battery life
HD, but not full HD.
With free 100GB Google Drive account upgrade

Very highly rated by professional reviewers and purchasers of product. See reviews at trustedreviews.com/tos…iew

Just over 1 per cent extra off through Topcashback. www.topcashback/pcworld

Link to purhcasing it through Currys: currys.co.uk/gbu…tml?gclid=CJbFlouh1skCFSQYwwodKCgK8g&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&s_kwcid=AL!3391!3!75233807659!!!g!110894324420!&ef_id=VlmScgAAAJh8HD0g:20151212115201:s

Topcashback link: topcashback.co.uk/cur…ys/

Link to purchasing through John Lewis, with free two year guarantee: johnlewis.com/tos…=73

PC World/Currys:

Thanks to nnj10: You can also use O2 priority to knock off another £10,j ust need to find an item costing 1p to qualify though.

Link to O2 priority moments: priority.o2.co.uk/off…ore

Link to purchasing it for £149 from Amazon:

amazon.co.uk/gp/…-21

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Can also use O2 priority to knock off another £10,just need to find an item costing 1p to qualify though.

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nnj10

Can also use O2 priority to knock off another £10,just need to find an … Can also use O2 priority to knock off another £10,just need to find an item costing 1p to qualify though.



Thanks for the tip! Any links at all to this?

Is this a good Chromebook and what's the difference between this and laptop?

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beaniebowen

Is this a good Chromebook and what's the difference between this and … Is this a good Chromebook and what's the difference between this and laptop?



According to reviews, it is meant to be the best sub-£200 Chromebook out there. The difference is that Chromebooks use the Google operating system, and are mainly used for surfing the web- the applications and your files tend to be saved into a cloud. Laptops generally use a Windows operating system- be warned sub £200 laptops generally are poorly built with cheap parts used.

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A bit more information for you on the differences: http//ww…ows

Does this have a cd drive ?

Original Poster

Hi jonicholls as is common with other Chromebooks, this does not have an optical drive.

Chromebooks are amazing pieces of kit!! if all you do is surf the net,back up photos,bank,emails etc etc Chromebooks are the fastest and easiest way to do so!! most people only require a chromebook but think they need a massive desktop!

I've got a Toshiba Chromebook and its great. But you'd be advised to get one with 4gb ram. 2gb will struggle with multiple applications.

Zoso touched on this above, I'm really keen on getting a chromecast for WordPress development, as it's primarily done online, would 2gb be sufficient for say, 3 chrome tabs and Google music and notepad++?

Resolution 1366 x 768

(benjamin)

The 4gb ram version looks worth the extra money. It has a full HD screen vs the 1366x768 on this one. It's the version most of the reviews are done with.

Just FYI. These are not the refreshed Toshiba chromebook 2's with Intel cpu and back-lit keyboard. A great price however and a hot deal, but I'm going to wait for the refreshed version. (Although rumour has it that the UK might not get it?)

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Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of these but just want to check....

I understand switching between accounts is very easy on chrome, but will the mrs and myself be able to access our own email, youtube, banking accounts etc. easily? What I mean is that will it save our individual website bookmarks, usernames, passwords etc for each individual user? My info/settings won't be accessible on her account and vice versa? Hope that makes sense!!

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Toshbia? Is this a Toshiba knockoff?

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snack_attack

Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of … Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of these but just want to check....I understand switching between accounts is very easy on chrome, but will the mrs and myself be able to access our own email, youtube, banking accounts etc. easily? What I mean is that will it save our individual website bookmarks, usernames, passwords etc for each individual user? My info/settings won't be accessible on her account and vice versa? Hope that makes sense!!



https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/6088201?hl=en

you can have multiple accounts. I'm using the tosh cbook2 HD version but only have one account attached to it. As long as you have sync active then bookmarks etc will update automatically from other devices using Google chrome

snack_attack

Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of … Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of these but just want to check....I understand switching between accounts is very easy on chrome, but will the mrs and myself be able to access our own email, youtube, banking accounts etc. easily? What I mean is that will it save our individual website bookmarks, usernames, passwords etc for each individual user? My info/settings won't be accessible on her account and vice versa? Hope that makes sense!!


That’s a very interesting point, and is one of the most significant disadvantages of some of the other devices available today, such as the iPad. This is something that needs addressing quite rapidly, as with Apple TV and Android TV taking hold, a television is hardly a single-user device. Surely we’re not seriously expected to each get a separate telly, tablet, or in this case, laptop? What next? Personal fridges, irons and light switches, as the Internet of Things pervades our future?

I bought the 4GB version with the full HD display a few months back and it's great. Currently that one costs £220 on John Lewis and I'd highly recommend buying it over the 2GB. Chromebooks are popular for all age groups from me (20) to people in their 60s.

Toshiba should number their revisions better. Lots of versions now all with similar names. AFAIK, it goes

-Toshiba Chromebook

-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2014) - 2gb + non full-HD screen
-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2014) - 4gb + Full HD screen

-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) - Celeron processor + backlit keyboard (4gb, skullcandy speakers)
-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) - i3 processor + backlit keyboard (4gb, skullcandy speakers)


I still have the original one, which I find to be excellent.
Edited by: "Sunni" 12th Dec 2015

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jonicholls

Does this have a cd drive ?




Afraid not, no chromebooks do as far as I'm aware

beaniebowen

Is this a good Chromebook and what's the difference between this and … Is this a good Chromebook and what's the difference between this and laptop?



Don't think of it as a laptop more a more user friendly tablet

Sunni

Toshiba should number their revisions better. Lots of versions now all … Toshiba should number their revisions better. Lots of versions now all with similar names. AFAIK, it goes-Toshiba Chromebook-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2014) - 2gb + non full-HD screen-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2014) - 4gb + Full HD screen-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) - Celeron processor + backlit keyboard (4gb, skullcandy speakers)-Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) - i3 processor + backlit keyboard (4gb, skullcandy speakers)I still have the original one, which I find to be excellent.



Quite. It's unnecessarily confusing.

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jihadijulz

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/6088201?hl=enyou can have … https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/6088201?hl=enyou can have multiple accounts. I'm using the tosh cbook2 HD version but only have one account attached to it. As long as you have sync active then bookmarks etc will update automatically from other devices using Google chrome



Hi thanks for the link and information. I'd noticed that whilst doing research on the chrome os. What I'd like to know is slightly different...I'll use an example.

At the moment, we've got 2 different users on our laptop, myself and the mrs. When I log in to my hotmail account via my web browser, my username and password are already stored/displayed and I just click on 'log in'. If I switch user on our laptop, my mrs's info. comes up before logging in to her hotmail account. The same can be said for online banking, amazon, youtube accounts etc.

What I'd like to know is would the same happen on the chromebook when we switch between chromebook users? thanks.

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and sorry if it seems like a silly question, i think the same applies when switching accounts on a chromebook, just need reassurance i guess.

Can the O2 priority code be used online, or is it instore only ?

chromebook is still my choice at home. can't be arsed messing around waiting for Windows when I need to check emails, or browse.
It's the future

snack_attack

Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of … Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of these but just want to check....I understand switching between accounts is very easy on chrome, but will the mrs and myself be able to access our own email, youtube, banking accounts etc. easily? What I mean is that will it save our individual website bookmarks, usernames, passwords etc for each individual user? My info/settings won't be accessible on her account and vice versa? Hope that makes sense!!



Will be fine, i have this one and have 2 profiles on it, my personal one and one that i use for work, can log in and out between the two and all my book marks are saved on the relevant profile. paid £200 for mine, sometimes if you have too many tabs open it slows down so if you can afford it would recommend the 4gb one. The screen is fine but if you wanted to watch films a lot go for the HD one

It's a fair price but Google apps are so buggy and I like watching films on iTunes so not for everyone

Chromebooks - No Skype, No iTunes. I get this all the time, people buy these and moan. Awesome machines for web browsing and not getting loads of malware though.

Heat from me. For a few Chrome tabs, using Google Docs (offline as well!) etc and watching Netflix, Chromecasting and so on this is great.

This Toshiba has excellent battery life, great build quality and is very light. The keyboard and trackpad are also superb, far better than any Windows laptops in this price range (or much more, to be honest).

The Full HD version has more RAM and a much better screen for £70 extra, but the improved screen comes at a cost - Chrome OS isn't well optimised for high DPI displays and you end up with tiny icons. It's not a deal breaker as the screen is far better (as good as any decent IPS panel and much better than the Macbook Air's TN panel) but bear the UI limitations in mind.

Also, for those of you who use Sky Go or NOW TV - you cannot use these on Chromebooks as Sky have disabled them in the Chrome browser (grrr).

snack_attack

What I'd like to know is would the same happen on the chromebook when we … What I'd like to know is would the same happen on the chromebook when we switch between chromebook users? thanks.


You can have multiple users and only their browser settings, bookmarks, plugins, apps, shortcuts, passwords etc appear under that profile.

In short, yes, things are kept completely separate.

fishmaster

Chromebooks - No Skype


Not any more: https://web.skype.com/en/

These machines are surprisingly versatile. You can even run some Android apps (using Arc Welder in the Chrome Store) and dual-boot these with Linux...

My wife even uses the Remote Desktop app on her HP Chromebook to connect to her Windows desktop PC. She can then use Photoshop on the Chromebook screen. Works flawlessly.

OK for surfing the web - but a tablet is smaller, lighter , often cheaper and easier to use on the go.
Where these things really fall on their face though is the lack of on-board memory. Cloud services are useless if you are travelling and have a dodgy (or no) internet connection - you can't even watch a film on a wet evening in your room.
Give me a Windows laptop any day of the week. Even a modest one wil have plenty of room for music and movies and you can actually do stuff with them.

snack_attack

Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of … Hope someone will be able to answer my question...about to buy one of these but just want to check....I understand switching between accounts is very easy on chrome, but will the mrs and myself be able to access our own email, youtube, banking accounts etc. easily? What I mean is that will it save our individual website bookmarks, usernames, passwords etc for each individual user? My info/settings won't be accessible on her account and vice versa? Hope that makes sense!!



​yes to all the above. There are 3 accounts on our household chrome book.

fishmaster

Chromebooks - No Skype, No iTunes. I get this all the time, people buy … Chromebooks - No Skype, No iTunes. I get this all the time, people buy these and moan. Awesome machines for web browsing and not getting loads of malware though.



​actually, there is a way to use Skype by using the browser

Baldieman64

OK for surfing the web - but a tablet is smaller, lighter , often cheaper … OK for surfing the web - but a tablet is smaller, lighter , often cheaper and easier to use on the go.


Tablets don't have built-in, full-size keyboards. Most also don't have trackpads. It's all about what you need to use it for.

Baldieman64

Where these things really fall on their face though is the lack of … Where these things really fall on their face though is the lack of on-board memory. Cloud services are useless if you are travelling and have a dodgy (or no) internet connection - you can't even watch a film on a wet evening in your room.


Chromebooks have USB 3.0 ports and SD card slots - load one or two cards or thumb drives (or even a portable HDD) up with movies and/or music for your flight/hotel. The built-in player works offline and plays pretty much anything. You don't need masses of on-board memory as you aren't using a huge OS and bloated software.

Baldieman64

Give me a Windows laptop any day of the week. Even a modest one wil have … Give me a Windows laptop any day of the week. Even a modest one wil have plenty of room for music and movies and you can actually do stuff with them.


Good luck finding a Windows laptop with 9-10 hours battery life that can "do stuff" beyond the abilities of this Chromebook for under £150. The best bet would be a tablet/keyboard combo like the Linx 1010B with a smaller screen and the same performance/storage restrictions you describe.

It's a shame you can only sideload apps otherwise would be better than a tablet.

Fantastic device.

Excellent devices, easy to use and fast. Does what most people need to do, but sadly most dont understand the concept.

snack_attack

What I'd like to know is would the same happen on the chromebook when we … What I'd like to know is would the same happen on the chromebook when we switch between chromebook users? thanks.

fishmaster

Chromebooks - No Skype



The camera doesn't work with web skype, and people want the camera to work, and they also want iTunes. It essentially means they didn't research the product before buying. Chromebooks are good for web browsing, that's their forte.

Edited by: "fishmaster" 12th Dec 2015

Facebook Messenger works well with camera, which I now use instead of skype.
Never used itunes on a PC. Not sure why we would need to. The other half is into Apple and has the phone, the watch, ipad and ipad pro and says they do not need to be connected to a PC.
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