Exploring My New Toshiba Chromebook



As a blogger, it is imperative for me to always be connected to the internet. I can’t tell you how anxious I get during times when I couldn’t access my blog or my email or Facebook or Twitter. This is one of the reasons why my smartphone can be such a lifesaver. If I ever need to make changes to my posts or if a post that shouldn’t have been published yet got published, I can quickly do it.

Thing is, I prefer going on the internet using a laptop than a smartphone or tablet. I don’t know but the mobile interface somehow makes me feel claustrophobic, so I always set my phone/tablet to load desktop sites instead of mobile versions.

So I always just use my 2-year old MacBook Pro. I lug it around almost everywhere I go. It’s heavy, yes. It’s been running slow, yes. But I need a real browser on a laptop, not on a mobile phone or tablet.

Enter the Toshiba Chromebook.

It’s heaven-sent! (Well technically it was Toshiba-sent but you know what I mean.)

Exploring The Toshiba Chromebook

The Toshiba Chromebook is ultraportable. It features Google’s Chrome operating system, has a 13.3-inch HD Display, the latest Intel processor, 16GB storage space and a 9 hour battery life.

This device is perfect for any on-the-go mom like me! And since I’ll be attending BlogHer starting tomorrow, this is the perfect companion for me so I can still write posts while at the conference!

Toshiba Chromebook Sides

The Toshiba Chromebook has a security lock and a SD Card slot on the left side, and 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI® output and an audio jack on the right side. Here are the detailed specs:

  • Intel® Celeron® Processor 2955U
  • Chrome OS™
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • 2GB DDR3L 1600MHz (max 2GB)
  • 116GB total hard drive: 16GB Solid State Drive + 100GB Google Drive (free for 2 years)
  • 13.3″ widescreen display
  • HD TruBrite® LED Backlit display
  • 1366×768 (HD) display resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, Supports 720p content
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • HD Webcam and Microphone for Chromebook
  • Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11a/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® V4.0
  • AC adapter: 45W (19V 2.37A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input
  • Li-Ion (52Wh, 4-Cell) battery — not user replaceable
  • Up to 9 hours battery life
  • SD Memory Card Reader
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI® output port
  • No RGB port
  • Energy Star Qualified, RoHS Compatible, EPEAT™ Gold
  • 1 Year Standard Limited Warranty
  • Chrome Keyboard (black)
  • Starts at 3.3 lbs.
  • Color: Sunray Silver

I’m currently transitioning from my MacBook Pro to the Toshiba Chromebook and I love that I can tweak some settings so that adjusting to the Chromebook wouldn’t be so hard. Let’s take the track pad for example.

On my MacBook, swiping 2 fingers up will make the browser scroll down. The opposite is true for the Chromebook. I’ve been scrolling the MacBook way for 2 years now so it won’t be easy to get used to the scrolling the opposite way, but I need not worry because I can simply go to the Keyboard Settings and set the track pad to scroll the way the MacBook does.

I think what’s really amazing about the Chromebook is that it only takes me 12-15 seconds from powering it up to the time I can actually start browsing the internet — that already included me typing in my account password! Compare that to my MacBook Pro which took 1 minute and 12 seconds — and I don’t even have a password on that! Check out this quick video I posted on Instagram!

The Chromebook will not in any way try to replace your full-featured laptop because you can’t install any programs on it. It’s basically a laptop that runs only the Google Chrome browser. It’s great for those of us who are always on the internet doing stuff — updating social networks, blogging, checking/sending email, researching, and even using basic Office applications (you can use Google Docs, Sheets or Slides for that)!

And if you’re like me, already using Google Chrome as your main browser, the transition will be a lot easier because you’ll have all your bookmarks and extensions synced with the Chromebook!

Check back here next time and I’ll show you the Chromebook in action!

Looking at the specs above, what feature of the Toshiba Chromebook do you like most? Let me know in the comments!

And guess what?! I’ll be doing a giveaway for one Toshiba 13″ Chromebook! The giveaway will be open to US and Canada residents and will start tomorrow morning! Be sure to be back here tomorrow so you can enter and have a chance to win it!

 


I wrote this post using my new 13″ Toshiba Chromebook which I received for purposes of evaluation. It’s perfect for an on-the-go blogging mom like me and for anyone who’s always on the internet!
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  2. i really want a chromebook. i have heard great things about them and how easy they are to use and run super fast.

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  4. I’ve never gotten used to smartphone or tablet browsing either. It seems so inefficient. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I prefer a pc to a mac, they are so much more user friendly in my opinion. My daughter would definitely beg to differ. I know what you mean about feeling “claustrophobic” on mobiles when trying to access the internet.

  6. I agree that it’s much easier to use your PC then your cellphone to go online. This sounds like a great system. We have talked about getting a Chromebook especially for the kids. Maybe Santa will get them one.

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  12. Love the fash boot up time and the long battery life… this is a plus when taking it outside of range for plug in power.

  13. I love that it has 16GB storage space and a 9 hour battery life. I also really like that it has a webcam. The laptop I have now does not, so I have to plug one in and that uses a usb port that I could use for something else.

  14. I like this Chrome book because it uses Google Chrome. Also I think a notebook would be very handy. I’ve never had one , only a desktop…and it’s slowly dying.

  15. I love Chrome and would love to try out their operating system. The fact that it’s on a laptop which can do so many things is a plus!

  16. Wow! This baby has just about everything listed that it has, what a great lap-top this would be to own. There are so many great features to it, I really like this one;116GB total hard drive: 16GB Solid State Drive + 100GB Google Drive (free for 2 years)

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  18. I really would love to own a chromebook,have heard some wonderful things about them like how easy they are operate and they are super super fast.My laptop is my lifeline,because of my disability I dont get out much.

  19. I honestly didn’t know what a chromebbok was before I read your review. Yes, I am that out of it as far as technology goes.It sounds like a good product.

  20. For starters, I love the slim design. My work laptop is so heavy compared to what they are making now. I also love the 9 hour battery life! I’m also loving the 116GB total hard drive storage space.

  21. I am not a Techie ,it all sounds super great and super fast. The battery lasting 9 hours is a big plus, but anything would be a big plus to me than this old desktop!

  22. I LOVE that it is thin, light and has great programs on it….. It would certainly get what ever job you have done… 🙂

  23. I love everything about the Toshiba Chromebook lap top! You can use the best operating system out there Chrome! I use Google Chrome for everything and love the fact that it will start up quickly and ready to use in seconds!

  24. I really like Toshiba based on my daughter’s experience with her laptop. She is so happy with it and after reading this review and the benefits of Chromebook (GoogleChrome is all I need), this would fit perfectly into my life!

  25. There Really are No Words to describe to you how much I Need & How Much I could Desperately Use this Toshiba Chromebook! I do Not even Own a Cell Phone Much Less a Computer! I have to Use my Mother’s Computer Any Time I Need to Get Online! I am 33 years Old and Living at Home with My Parents! I am not One of those Lazy Mooches who Lives on the Coat tail’s of My Parents! I am an Honest, Considerate, Caring, Compassionate, and Christian Woman! I had to Move back home b/c I was in a Motorcycle Wreck and I have had numerous Problems Ever Since! I Love My Parents and I Thank God for them Everyday b/c I Don’t know what I would do without them! They Work hard and Have to Pay My Doctor’s Bills Since I don’t have Insurance! We just can’t Afford Luxuries at the Moment! I Hate Feeling Like a Burden and I Hate Not Having My Independence! I miss Working and I Miss Having My Own Income! I Just Want to be Happy, Healthy, & Pain Free so I can lead a Normal Life! I am a Licensed Esthetician & I Absolutely Loved My Job! I want to Own a Spa One day and this Would Definitely Help Me with the Business End of Things! I know there are So Many People Like Me who Just Need Some Help Every Now & Then, So I hope this Toshiba Chrome Goes to someone who Really Needs It & Who would be Very Grateful for It! Good Luck to All of Those People & God Bless! Jana Williams

  26. I love everything about this chromebook and would love to own it, all I have now is just my desktop and you can’t travel with that..lol

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  28. I love that this has nine hours of battery life and that it’s light a major plus not to mention the affordable price.

  29. WOW there are sure a ton of great features packed into such a tiny laptop! I love the finger scroll options on the touchpad, that is something that my ancient laptop is currently lacking on, I actually use a wireless mouse instead of my touchpad cause I dont have a scroll option on the touchpad!

  30. I agree with you I prefer going on the internet using a laptop than a smartphone or tablet as well. This has a lot of very user friendly features that my boyfriend will love. I will definately give this to him if I win. Thanks.

  31. I love the 9 hours battery life with the screen that is a good size for a laptop! I like that it is slim and easy to take with me!

  32. I Love how the Toshiba Chromebook boots up in seconds and there is nothing complicated to learn,that’s what I love about technology,when it’s fast and simple.

  33. Great review. This chrome book sounds perfect for someone who only uses their laptop for internet and I only use google chrome on mine. I love how its fast and easy to use and 9 hour battery life is amazing.

  34. I’m on the lookout for a new laptop, and the Chromebook looks great. Thank you for this review, maybe I’ll give the Chromebook a try.

  35. I really love the 9 hour battery , that feature is amazing for me as I am always charging my laptop because I use it to much

  36. Wow, what’s not to love? Fast, 9 hours of battery life (that part boggles the mind!), light, and easy to carry around. Sounds like a winner to me!

  37. Definitely has all the bells and whistles – would be a huge asset to this middle aged woman re-entering the workforce. Great review…certainly organize pressing schedule work/school commitments, church, family….

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  38. I like how the chrome book is very portable and has a pretty long battery life, which is a plus for many college students like myself.

  39. The 9hr battery life sounds wonderful since my laptop has a very short battery like of 2hrs or less and seems I am always plugging it in.

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  41. I’ve heard so many good things about the Chromebook! I’ve heard that it’s really fast and I love that! And I like that it has built in updates and security, too!

  42. Wow!! After reading this review I really would love to win this great Toshiba Chromebook!! Great features and very light weight which would be perfect for me because I have MS and it would make life a whole lot easier!! Thank you gor this great review!!

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  44. Thank you for providing this review; I’ve been contemplating purchasing a Chromebook for some time and really like how lightweight and portable they’ve become especially with the Toshiba having a 13.3-inch diagonal HD screen which will allow me to start my own blog site about my new Runaway Camper and the adventures of being a mother of a graduating college student/obstacle racer/ultramarathoner.

  45. I love the fact that the chromebook has up to 9 hours of battery life when you are on the go and love how much space there is on the hard drive. Which means I can put extra things on the hard drive. That is awesome!!

  46. Well, reading everything written on the review of the chromebook, the first thing that caught my eye was that The Toshiba Chromebook is ultraportable. It features Google’s Chrome operating system, has a 13.3-inch HD Display, the latest Intel processor, 16GB storage space and a 9 hour battery life.

  47. This Is a TOSHIBA Chromebook, what’s not to like about it, TOSHIBA is one of the best products, and the sweet price of only $299.99

  48. I love that it’s so sleek but it still has great battery life! Also, thanks for including a video! I’m in awe.. it loads so fast… especially in comparison to my HP laptop right now.. lol

  49. I love the 9 hour battery life and the large amount of storage. Those are two big things I need. Also, the fact it isn’t heavy and easy to carry is awesome.

  50. wow…….love all the features except that we cannot replace the battery…sucks…but the rest of the features are great, plus i use google chrome for years and to have all that extra storage is a bonus!! plus really could use a laptop 🙂

  51. You are so Lucky to have a Toshiba Chromebook! I would Love to have such a Nice Computer! I don’t have a Computer or a Cell Phone; I just Borrow my Mothers when I need to get Online! I Love the Toshiba Chromebook; it has such Great Picture Quality and it does so many things that my Mom’s Computer doesn’t! I cant believe how long of a Battery Life it has and how Light Weight it is! I hope I can get a Nice Computer sometime in the Near Future!I Could Really Use this for when I Start Working Again! I am Glad you Like it and I can Definitely See Why! Have a Great Day & God Bless! Jana

  52. I love the security features on this laptop. I love Chrome and I think that it fits more my needs, because I use my computer mostly for chatting, email, and browsing. It’s not too much on computing.

  53. I like the 9 hour battery life. I’m out and about a lot so this would really come in handy. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Your review was awesome! The battery life is a huge thing for me and im so happy this one has a very long life, its essential when youre always on the go.

  55. I love this laptop so much! I don’t own one not in the budget so I am online on a iPhone 4 which is a 3G. It takes so long to enter contest leave comments well, you get it. I want to start a blog so I’m saving. This chrome book will be mine!!! Iove your blog

  56. I love that it has 9 hours of battery life and I love the price that they are selling it for for such a great computer. Thanks for sharing about this.

  57. I need one of these! I love the smaller size and lighter weight of this compared to my laptop too. The features sound amazing, especially the start up time. I need to start saving up for this immediately!

  58. I Love this Computer but I would be Happy to have any Computer at this Point! I Hate Asking my Mother if I Can Borrow hers every single day! I am 33 years old and I don’t Own any Tech Equipment of My Own, not even a Cell phone! I know times are Hard for so Many People Right Now! I have been Hoping they will have a Giveaway for this Toshiba Chromebook b/c it Literally has ever Feature I can Possibly think of! I hope you Really Enjoy yours! Thanks & God Bless! Jana

  59. I have the same problem with using my cell phone to do things online vs my regular computer. I just prefer my desktop. What I\’ve wanted for a long time is a laptop but seems there is always something else I feel we need more. However, reading the review on the Toshiba Chromebook, I think this could solve my problem. It is affordable and has the capabilities I need for my 12 hour day computer usage and does not have all the extra programs I don\’t use or need.

  60. The More I hear about the Toshiba Chromebook the More I want one! I don’t have my own Computer so I use my Mom’s and it’s So Slow! Lately it has been just Running Super Slow & Freezing Up all the time! I hope I get a New Computer soon b/c I Sure Could Use it! Thanks & God Bless! Jana

  61. Great review! I love how fast it boots up. I’m a busy mom and have to steal minutes throughout the day to get online. The fast booting means that I won’t have to waste electricity keeping the thing plugged in and turned on.

  62. I like that it has all the current standards for input/output making supper convenient no matter what your needs and uses are.

    a SD Card slot and 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI® output and an audio jack

  63. I’ve never owned a laptop.It’s hard for me to sit at my PC for long periods of time due to back and leg pain so I’m praying I win this one.I love the size and HD screen is so cool! I just love everything about it.That is an awesome review by the way so I thank you for all the great info on this wonderful prize 🙂

  64. The fact that there is 16GB of Solid State Drive + 100GB Google Drive included (free for 2 years) IS AMAZING!!!

  65. I would definitely use the HD webcam and microphone in order to Skype my family from my dorm room with this Chromebook! I also like the 16GB + 100GB Google Drive 🙂

  66. I Would love to have a Chromebook; I use my Mom’s Computer & it’s So Incredibly Slow! I have to keep it Constantly on the Charger b/c it has No Battery Life What So Ever! I Really do Need a Good Reliable Computer! Have a Blessed Day! Jana

  67. I REALLY LIKE THE 9 HOUR bATTERY LIFE but freebies are good too so the 116GB: 16GB Solid State Drive + 100GB Google Drive included (free for 2 years) is great too 🙂

  68. I love the 9 hour battery life, the 100GB oF Google Drive. My old notebook was soooo heavy. The mouse quit, then the battery died, and it was too old to replace, it went to the graveyard. I have been looking for one, but financially not able to do it right now. Would love to win this. Especially since it is so easy to use and lightweight. Love that!

  69. I could use another laptop like this for my blogging. Of course, it smaller in size, more portable, and hopefully lighter in the weight! 🙂

  70. I love that it is small enjough to carry around, yet powerful to use for everyday and only weighs 3lbs i would so love this.

  71. Thanks for sharing this info! I didn’t realize that you can’t download programs on the Chromebook. That actually makes me like it even more! It seems like it wouldn’t get bogged down if you can’t download programs on it. Everything I do on my computer is all on the internet anyway.

  72. I’ve been on computers for 18 years. I’d like to try a Chromebook just to see if it will do what I need to do. Sounds like it will might work just fine without all the bloatware we have in a normal laptop.

  73. Ilove Toshiba the make great things. I love how fast it boots up and since I dont do anything thats not on the internet it sounds great to me. I am in and out of hospital a lot and ambulance guys always tease me about how heavy m backpack is because of my netbook…now they wont even know its in there since this is so light. This would help so much with our homeschooling too since its so portable.

  74. I Love the look of it, the versatility, size of the screen,the long battery life, the sd card reader , I love everything about it and would love to have this as I am just starting my own business!! :)♥♡ it

  75. Wow it does load fast! And it comes with a Built in Webcam too! My current Battery last about 40 Minutes so I would really like one that last 9 Hours.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. I love that it starts up quickly. Students have no time to waste, and kids are impatient, so the quick start up is a necessity if they are to use a Chromebook!

  77. I love to take pictures and really enjoy showing them to my family and friends but lugging around a big laptop makes it difficult. I love that the Chromebook offers a SD Card reader option!

  78. That sounds pretty good. I wouldn’t know how to use it. I’m so behind as far as technology goes, it’s ridiculous!

  79. I like that it so light and it doesn’t take all day to boot up, plus the batter life would be great going back and forth to school.

  80. I like that it’s lightweight and the fast boot time. I guess I’m spoiled by technological advances, but my six-year-old MacBook doesn’t seem as portable as it used to because it’s heavy, its battery is dead, and it doesn’t boot super quickly. The Chromebooks sound really nice, as long as you’re willing or able to do your computing exclusively in the cloud.

  81. I love the smooth multitasking. I tend to open too many different applications and windows at a time on our old computer and crash it. It would also help when i am using the computer and then one of the kids need to open a window quick to look something up or print a homework file. I also love the fact that it has a nine hour battery life. Our old laptop has to be plugged in constantly because it cannot hold a charge any more and it would be nice to be able to take this one to PTA, Cub Scout and Girl Scout meetings.

  82. I like that the upgrades and security are built in. It’s really a bummer to have to keep up with virus protection. The automatic updates are a plus. It’s one less thing to remember!

  83. I’m resending this because I got an error message the first time. I love how fast the Toshiba Chromebook loads and how lightweight it is. This would be the perfect laptop for me to start off with.

  84. The previous commenter already said what I was going to say (fast boot time), so the next best thing about this is that you cannot install any programs on it. This would be perfect for me because it would deter others in this household from using it!

  85. Quicker start up times are wonderful. My HP takes about a year to open email and is constantly hanging on opening or shut down. SIGH Looks like maybe I will have to consider a Chromebook. 🙂

  86. I like how quickly it starts up…my computer now I turn it on and go do some errands while I wait…lol

  87. I think the coolest thing is either the fast startup, or the simplicity. I wasn’t sure what a Chromebook was exactly until I read this review, so thanks for all the info!

  88. I love how slim and lightweight it is. I’m not tech savvy enough to comment on all the specs but it sounds perfect for social networking on the go.

  89. I love that the Toshiba Chromebook powers up so quickly, has a nine hour battery life and is SD Card capable.

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  90. I love that this has up to 9 hours battery life. I also love that the start up is so quick. There is nothing worse than wanting a quick answer for something and having to wait for your computer to load.

  91. The feature that I love the most about this laptop is definitely the battery life! Most laptops (including my current one) have such a short battery life, which can be very inconvenient!

  92. Like you said sometimes you just need to use an actual computer instead of your smartphone or tablets. I like that this laptop is really portable and light in weight. Good battery life and just something I could use since my computer went out on me. Thanks for the giveaway of one!!

  93. I am definitely used to using Macs, but recently I’ve wanted to get a Chromebook instead. I already use Cloud data so I wouldn’t need all of my pictures and files on my laptop with me at all moments; it just slows down the computer! The chromebook is just much easier for school and travel and it looks beautiful too!

  94. Your review is awesome. If you ever quit your job you could sell these lol. I like so many of the features you listed. straight to net is awesome with only 12-15 seconds, built in webcam would be perfect for me with my grandchildren living half way across the world. The size is simply perfect

  95. I love the idea of a lightweight and portable laptop, as well as a lightweight and fast operating system. I’ve been hesitant to try the Chromebook because I’m used to being able to install programs. I wonder how I’d do. Your review definitely intrigues me. I’m down two computers and it would be difficult to replace two full-fledged laptops. I’m considering 1-2 Chromebooks, at least for the time being.
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  96. I love everything about this Chromebook, but the battery life is just phenomenal!!! I’m also very tired of Windows and all of the problems that go along with it.

  97. I love the battery life and it’s slim design. right now I’m on a friends big ol dinosaur as my son pee’d on my nice fancy laptop and well, it wasn’t salvageable! This one is very bulky and just big! ive seen chromebooks at the store and i love them.

  98. I love Toshiba products! It has Google’s Chrome operating system, a 13.3-inch HD Display, the latest Intel processor, 16GB storage space and a 9 hour battery life. Plus it is ultra-light & fast… better than my OLD pc!!

  99. My oldest son has a Toshiba Chromebook and loves it — he is encouraging me to get one since my current computer has seen better days and needs replacement. I appreciate the review.

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