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conclusion:We like it

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With plenty of affordable Chromebooks on the market right now from companies like Samsung and Acer, it's easy to overlook something like Toshiba's first Chromebook, which bumps up the display size to 13 inches and gives you solid performance while still maintaining a lower price.

You normally don't expect a lot of design pizzazz from a laptop costing less than $300, but TechRadar says that Toshiba's model "stands out among the largely drab" lineup of Chromebooks. The downside is the plastic construction that CNET says may "suffer from occasional creakiness." The use of plastic does make it very light though, and PC World says it's "very easy to tote."

The 13-inch display comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and while Laptop Magazine says it offers "crisp and colorful images," viewing angles are an issue and Computer Shopper finds them "fair." Performance-wise it's decent, with PC Advisor saying it "feels responsive ... with less pauses and checkboarding when opening image-heavy sites than on some other models." And it has the battery life to match, with GigaOm saying it "excels" in that department.

If you've been wanting a Chromebook with a bigger display, look no further than Toshiba's first effort. That sub-$300 price does mean a few trade-offs in build and display resolution, but if you just need a secondary laptop to browse the web you really can't go wrong here.

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8.0
PC Mag Feb 14, 2014

The Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook is a good choice for the general user who wants to give Chrome OS a try. If you have constant Internet access, the system can replace an aging Windows or Mac laptop easily. Its larger screen may be easier on the eyes than an 11-inch Chromebook, for the same price.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Mar 13, 2014

Those seeking the simplicity of a Chromebook paired with a big enough screen to be your primary laptop will be very pleased with the Toshiba Chromebook.

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8.0
GigaOM Mar 4, 2014

Would the plastic feel stop me from buying the Chromebook 13? Probably not, especially if I wanted a larger display and this one hits the sweet spot for me. For now then, the king of 13.3-inch Chromebooks is Toshiba.

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7.0
PC World Feb 14, 2014

The Toshiba CB35-A3120 Chromebook is one of the few Chromebooks worth recommending. It hits a sweet spot with its good-sized display, long battery life, and compact design.

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7.0
CNET Feb 25, 2014

Toshiba enters the growing Chromebook market with the first 13-inch model. It's a great size for switching between travel and home/office use and feels comfortable to type on, but other Chromebooks offer more features for the same price.

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8.0
PC Advisor Feb 21, 2014

The usual caveat of ‘Chromebooks aren't for everyone' of course applies, but the Toshiba CB30 is a very useable and capable laptop for anyone who spends the majority of their computing time online using Google services.

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7.0
NotebookReview Apr 9, 2014

Finding another 13-inch laptop with an ease of use comparable to this one’s would be difficult, and if you’re looking for a budget ChromeOS experience (possibly for a student) that features a larger screen than the Acer C720, we would recommend giving the A3120 a look.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Feb 24, 2014

If you're rarely away from Wi-Fi, it's a tempting alternative to both an entry-level Windows laptop and a tablet that lacks a keyboard for writing e-mails, business reports, and school papers.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 13, 2014

Looking for an incredibly affordable mobile computer that does, well, what you do most on the computer? This Chromebook is a wise choice.

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PC Mag Jan 6, 2014

Even with variations from one model to the next, Chrome provides a consistent experience across devices, and the 13-inch design will be a welcome addition to the budget-friendly collection.

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TrustedReviews Jan 6, 2014

If you are thinking of swapping Mac and PC for Chrome, Toshiba's Chromebook is shaping up to be one the better alternatives.

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TechRadar Jan 8, 2014

Unlike just about every other notebook announced this CES, the Toshiba Chromebook doesn't have a Full HD display, instead opting for 1,366 x 768. This doesn't exactly whet our appetites, but then most Chromebooks are designed to hit a price point.

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Digital Trends Jan 7, 2014

Toshiba hasn’t filled us with desire for its first Chromebook, but it has addressed a popular display size that other manufacturers have mysteriously ignored.

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