Review Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 03/17/2014

For grandpa. Not interested in Windows? Chrome OS is the alternative offered on this laptop. No complicated hardware settings; just open it up and start surfing. Does Toshiba do a good job with this non-Windows concept?

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102: When Windows is too complicated. The ideal notebook for grandpa to surf the Internet?
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102: When Windows is too complicated. The ideal notebook for grandpa to surf the Internet?

For the original German review, see here.

Chromebooks are computers with Google's operating system, Chrome OS (GNU/Linux). There are no official versions, as there are with Windows or Android (ex. Windows Vista, 7, 8.1, Android 4.3, etc.). Like the web browser on the Windows computer, the browser-based OS updates continually -- Build 4028 is the latest build.

The computer does not bother its users with such trivialities. Who wants to know what hardware and which OS version are running under the hood? What matters is that it works. Turn it on, create a Google account or log into an existing one and we're off. There is not even a physical button for shutting down the system -- the Chrome user can simply close the notebook and open it again later.

Samsung started it all with their Chromebook Series 5 in 2011. Since then, HP, Acer and Google have released their own Chromebook versions. We will compare the Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 with these other devices in this short review (tables, graphics). Besides the high-end Chromebook Pixel, the Chromebooks all have one thing in common -- a low price. Acer starts the bidding at 230 Euros (~$320) and uses the same Intel platform as our Toshiba device. Is the Toshiba CB30 still the better laptop for surfing the Internet?

Case & Connectivity

CB30-102 front
CB30-102 front
CB30-102 lid
CB30-102 lid

The base and lid are made of silver-coated plastic. We fear that with time, the color may get scuffed off of the corners and places where the notebook is scratched, leaving the notebook looking worn. The construction is only moderately stable; the base in particular can be twisted substantially, producing a cracking sound. The low weight of under 1.5 kilograms (~3.3 pounds) is praiseworthy, especially considering the fact that the notebook's good battery life points to a relatively high battery capacity. High capacity batteries always weigh something.

The lid can be twisted slightly. If you push on the backside of the display while carrying or handling the notebook, it takes little force to generate temporary pressure marks on the screen. The Toshiba CB30 does not have a maintenance hatch.

The Toshiba device has two USB 3.0 ports, as well as an HDMI port for connecting an external monitor. USB 3.0 is available on other current Chromebooks too, for example the Acer C720. But there are also devices with just USB 2.0, for instance the HP Pavilion 14-c010us.

Besides the power supply, there are no other accessories included in the Chromebook's packaging. Toshiba outfits their Chromebook with a short 12-month bring-in warranty.

Right: audio, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI
Right: audio, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI
Left: Kensington lock, power socket, power-on LED, card reader
Left: Kensington lock, power socket, power-on LED, card reader

Input Devices

The chiclet keys are spaced widely and have the typical Chromebook layout. At the top of the keyboard, rather than the usual F-keys or combination function keys (Fn+F2 etc.), Toshiba equipped their notebook with keys that control the browser (Forward/Back/Full Screen/Tab) or the hardware (Brightness/Volume/Mute). The various Chromebook manufacturers certainly make different choices here; the Pavilion 14-c010us has double-assigned F-keys.

You can type quickly on the keyboard, but the feedback leaves something to be desired. The slightly spongy feel, short travel length and soft click point all contribute to the problem. The clickpad does its job somewhat better, mostly due to its clear travel length and distinct click point. The large surface is sensitive to input all the way to its edges.

Keyboard: spongy feel, short travel length, soft click point
Keyboard: spongy feel, short travel length, soft click point
ClickPad: 11.8 cm diagonal, clear travel length, soft feel
ClickPad: 11.8 cm diagonal, clear travel length, soft feel
ClickPad: relatively raw surface, accurate and fast control
ClickPad: relatively raw surface, accurate and fast control

Display

The quality of the glossy TN panel is as mediocre as most displays found in low-cost laptops. 1366x768 pixels on a 13.3-inch screen produce an image that looks coarse even to the naked eye. At the highest brightness setting, the black value is relatively high, which means black areas appear more like dark gray. The contrast is correspondingly low. Most of the competitors do not do much better here. Due to its high price, the Chromebook Pixel cannot really be considered comparable competition.

245
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 261 cd/m²
Average: 249.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 256 cd/m²
Black: 0.56 cd/m²
Contrast: 457:1
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
Intel Celeron 847, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 16 GB SSD
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB SSD
Microsoft Surface 2
Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Google Chromebook Pixel
Intel Core i5-3427U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 32 GB SSD
Illumination
-12%
-11%
-8%
45%
76%
Brightness Center256214.9
-16%
251.5
-2%
233.8
-9%
357
39%
376
47%
Black *0.56.668
-19%
.712
-27%
0.624
-11%
0.51
9%
.34
39%
Contrast457322
-30%
353
-23%
375
-18%
700
53%
1106
142%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *11.289.31
17%
10.49
7%
10.66
5%
2.4
79%
Gamma *2.672.262.42.342.46
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *9.4810.339.973.86

* ... smaller is better

At 256 cd/m², the brightness level is satisfactory, and its full power is still available in battery mode. The Chromebook does not have a brightness sensor and therefore cannot automatically adjust its brightness level to suit the notebook's surroundings.

CalMAN: Grayscale - obvious blue cast
CalMAN: Grayscale - obvious blue cast
CalMAN: Saturation - strong deviation towards the blue
CalMAN: Saturation - strong deviation towards the blue

The CB30's colors are definitely a weak spot: Our CalMAN measurements reveal that the display has a conspicuous blue cast. Compared to the sRGB reference, all the colors tend strongly towards the blue/cold. The colors deviate far enough from the ideal values for the naked eye to recognize the problem (see the Saturation graphic).

Outdoors: substantial reflections, good brightness.
Outdoors: substantial reflections, good brightness.
The brightness remains the same in battery mode.
The brightness remains the same in battery mode.
Pressure marks appear on the screen while handling the TFT.
Pressure marks appear on the screen while handling the TFT.

Performance

Chrome OS runs on X86 systems and on ARM platforms (Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US). Like Toshiba, most manufacturers select an Intel chip, in our case the Intel Celeron 2955U from the current Haswell generation (the Acer C720-2800 runs on the same processor).  The Celeron 2955U has a clock frequency of 1.4 GHz (dual-core without turbo) and consumes 15 Watts under full load (TDP). We took a closer look at this low-cost processor with integrated HD Graphics in the Acer Aspire E1-532 Windows laptop. As is typical for a Chromebook, the notebook has to make do with just 16 GB eMMC flash. This is possible, however, as the OS conserves more space than Windows, and users save their data in the cloud (Google Drive).

Processor

We tested the notebook's computational performance under Chrome OS using the appropriate JavaScript benchmarks. The following charts reveal: The Intel platform usually attains the highest scores and needs the shortest time to make its calculations. The Core i5-3427U in the Chromebook Pixel is considerably stronger (and more expensive). Still, the i5 only does about 30% better in Peacekeeper and Octane V1. ARM (Mali-T604) falls behind by a substantial margin in some benchmarks (Peacekeeper, SunSpider; HP Chromebook 11 & Samsung Chromebook XE303C12: -55 to -64%).

Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
455.3 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
736.8 ms * ∼18% -62%
HP Chromebook 11
704 ms * ∼17% -55%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
551.8 ms * ∼14% -21%
Microsoft Surface 2
384.5 ms * ∼10% +16%
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
345.1 ms * ∼9% +24%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
2765 Points ∼45%
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
1005 Points ∼16% -64%
HP Chromebook 11
1069 Points ∼17% -61%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
1474 Points ∼24% -47%
Microsoft Surface 2
791 Points ∼13% -71%
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
2871 Points ∼46% +4%
Google Chromebook Pixel
3613 Points ∼58% +31%
Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
9942 Points ∼47%
HP Chromebook 11
5323 Points ∼25% -46%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
5444 Points ∼26% -45%
Microsoft Surface 2
3317 Points ∼16% -67%
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
10661 Points ∼51% +7%
Google Chromebook Pixel
13171 Points ∼63% +32%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
8758 Points ∼37%
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
4943 Points ∼21% -44%
Microsoft Surface 2
3368 Points ∼14% -62%

Legend

 
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HP Chromebook 11 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 16 GB SSD
 
HP Pavilion 14-c010us Intel Celeron 847, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 16 GB SSD
 
Microsoft Surface 2 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB SSD
 
Google Chromebook Pixel Intel Core i5-3427U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 32 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

As long as the Internet connection is good, the Chromebook reacts very quickly. There are hardly any delays when switching between tabs and numerous windows can be active without the computer needing to take a breather. Upon opening the notebook, it only takes a blink of an eye before the last open browser window is already visible. There is no login screen or tile-based user interface to get on your nerves. The following screenshots show the sub-scores for the Java benchmarks mentioned above.

Octane V1
Octane V1
Octane V2
Octane V2
SunSpider 1.0.2
SunSpider 1.0.2

Graphics Card

On the Windows PC we reviewed (Aspire E1-532) the HD Graphics (Haswell) was unable to provide the performance gamers seek. Just a few light titles from 2011 to 2013 ran fluidly at the lowest settings (Dead Space 3, Tomb Raider, GRID 2). Browser games, on the other hand, do not make the HD Graphics break into a sweat. We could not assess whether the GPU uses its turbo to the maximum capacity. But during the 3D rendering portion of the Peacekeeper test, we noticed that the notebook's energy consumption rate rose to an unusually high 18 to 19 Watts. While Octane V2 and H264-Clip (1080p) ran simultaneously, the computer only needed 15 Watts. This is an indication that the HD Graphics does take advantage of its turbo. According to Toshiba's specifications, the HD Graphics runs at 200-1000 MHz.

Emissions

System Noise

Noise emissions are not really a problem with the CB30. Although there is an active fan, it is barely audible and usually off. Since the Chromebook lacks a hard drive, the notebook is almost silent. Even under stress, the system only generates 30.1 dB(A). Other Chromebooks are louder under load, as the following table shows.

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB eMMC Flash
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
Intel Celeron 847, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 16 GB SSD
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB SSD
Google Chromebook Pixel
Intel Core i5-3427U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 32 GB SSD
Loudness
-7%
-7%
-6%
Idle Minimum *29.629.4
1%
30.3
-2%
27.8
6%
Idle Average *29.629.5
-0%
30.4
-3%
28.1
5%
Idle Maximum *29.729.6
-0%
30.5
-3%
28.2
5%
Load Average *30.135.1
-17%
32.1
-7%
33.2
-10%
Load Maximum *30.135.1
-17%
36.7
-22%
40.7
-35%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle 29.6 / 29.6 / 29.7 dB(A)
Load 30.1 / 30.1 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Whether under load or in idle mode, Toshiba's Chromebook remains not only quieter, but cooler too. We measured almost identical surface temperatures in both states. Many of the CB30's competitors do worse here -- that is to say, they grow considerably warmer both in idle mode and under load.

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB eMMC Flash
HP Chromebook 11
Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 16 GB SSD
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
Intel Celeron 847, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 16 GB SSD
Google Chromebook Pixel
Intel Core i5-3427U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 32 GB SSD
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB SSD
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Surface 2
Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Heat
-35%
-30%
-27%
-14%
-4%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *32.945.6
-39%
38.8
-18%
44.6
-36%
36.4
-11%
37.4
-14%
34.6
-5%
Maximum Lower Side *32.548.8
-50%
46.6
-43%
42.8
-32%
47
-45%
40
-23%
35.3
-9%
Idle Upper Side *31.138
-22%
36.4
-17%
38.6
-24%
29
7%
26.6
14%
28.3
9%
Idle Lower Side *30.238.4
-27%
42.2
-40%
35.4
-17%
31.8
-5%
27.6
9%
26.9
11%

* ... smaller is better

 27.6 °C31.1 °C29.6 °C 
 26.3 °C28.8 °C29.2 °C 
 25 °C24.4 °C26.3 °C 
Maximum: 31.1 °C
Average: 27.6 °C
29.5 °C30.2 °C28 °C
26.1 °C24.8 °C24.7 °C
24.7 °C24.3 °C24.6 °C
Maximum: 30.2 °C
Average: 26.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  30.5 °C | Room Temperature 23.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Speakers on the underside of the notebook
Speakers on the underside of the notebook

The speakers are located on the underside of the base near the front of the notebook. Rather than streaming into the open air, their sound hits the table underneath the device and can be blocked by the user's hands when the laptop is being carried. The two speakers overemphasize mid-tones (no bass). Music can be turned up loud, but the clanging and monotonous sound the speakers generate at high volume is far from a delight to the ears. Headphones or external speakers can be connected via the 3.5 mm jack.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The CB30's energy consumption level is below that of similarly equipped competitors, like the HP Pavilion 14-c010us (Celeron, 14-inches). In idle mode (5.6 to 8.8 Watts), the two devices need the same amount of energy, but under load the Toshiba notebook is more frugal. The HP Pavilion 14 consumes up to 25 Watts, whereas the CB30 is usually content with 15 Watts (19 Watts when the GPU is under load). The Acer Aspire E1-532 is outfitted with the same platform and needs 25 to 26.5 Watts, though it is a 15-inch Windows machine with a hard drive (our test device has energy-saving flash memory).

Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
5.6 Watt * ∼6%
Microsoft Surface 2
1.8 Watt * ∼2%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
7.1 Watt * ∼7%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
8.6 Watt * ∼9%
Microsoft Surface 2
3.3 Watt * ∼3%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
9.4 Watt * ∼9%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
8.8 Watt * ∼9%
Microsoft Surface 2
4.1 Watt * ∼4%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
9.6 Watt * ∼10%
Load Average (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
12.3 Watt * ∼4%
Microsoft Surface 2
7.2 Watt * ∼2%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
20.4 Watt * ∼6%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
18 Watt * ∼5%
Microsoft Surface 2
15.8 Watt * ∼5%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
25.7 Watt * ∼7%

Legend

 
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102 Intel Celeron 2955U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Surface 2 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HP Pavilion 14-c010us Intel Celeron 847, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 16 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 5.6 / 8.6 / 8.8 Watt
Load 12.3 / 18 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Life

We used our WLAN test to assess the notebook's battery life. In this test, a script automatically loads a new website every 40 seconds, and the brightness is set to about 150 cd/m² (level 4 with the function key). With a run time of 7:07 hours, the Toshiba does very well here. Only Acer's C720 (45 Wh) and Microsoft's Surface 2 achieve better results. We do not have any information about the built-in battery's capacity. The manufacturer claims the computer has an 8.5-hour battery life.

Battery Runtime - WLAN (sort by value)
Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
427 min ∼16%
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US
240 min ∼9%
HP Pavilion 14-c010us
254 min ∼9%
HP Chromebook 11
308 min ∼11%
Google Chromebook Pixel
289 min ∼11%
Microsoft Surface 2
481 min ∼18%
Acer C720-2800 Chromebook
544 min ∼20%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
7h 07min

Verdict

Cheaper than a high-end smartphone: Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
Cheaper than a high-end smartphone: Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102

The Toshiba CB30-102 adds to the list of inexpensive Chromebooks. The browser OS seems to have matured. If you are ready to use your Google account instead of local storage, Windows software and complicated hardware settings, you can get a simple, stripped-down notebook and operating system. The CB30-102 fulfills the purpose for which it was created: It is a user-friendly device for accessing web applications, e-mail, photos, films and web-based office tools. All of this is available for 300 Euros (~$420) without the disadvantages of true Windows machines: complexity, storage space, and susceptibility to viruses and malware. For these reasons, we consider the CB30 a viable choice for those who have never used a computer before or are looking for nothing more than a device for surfing the Internet.

The CB30's disadvantages are almost purely physical: The keys could have a better feedback, the TFT could be matte (non-touch), and the case could be more stable and higher quality (instead of coated plastic). The webcam could also produce better photos. But these points of criticism are par for the course in this price range. Acer's C720 Chromebook is even cheaper, but its keyboard is worse, and its case and display are just as low-quality.

 

The Toshiba Chromebook is now available on Adorama for $279

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In Review: Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102, courtesy of Toshiba Deutschland
In Review: Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102, courtesy of Toshiba Deutschland
The Toshiba Chromebook is now available on Adorama for $279

Specifications

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102

:: Processor
:: Memory
2048 MB, Onboard, DDR3L RAM 1600 MHz
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: LineOut, Headphone/microphone combination, Card Reader: SD, SDHC up to 32 GB, SDXC up to 64 GB,
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 4.0 + LE Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 329 x 227
:: Weight
1.464 kg Power Supply: 0.219 kg
:: Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Lithium-polymer, 4 cells
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8.5 h
:: Price
299 Euro
:: Operating System
Google Chrome OS
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.9 MP camera (1280 x 720) with microphone, Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty, s

 

Certainly inexpensive -- Toshiba's Chromebook CB30-102 costs 299 Euros (~$420).
Certainly inexpensive -- Toshiba's Chromebook CB30-102 costs 299 Euros (~$420).
In exchange, the notebook's plastic case is not particularly stable.
In exchange, the notebook's plastic case is not particularly stable.
The input devices are alright, but those who write a lot will not enjoy this keyboard.
The input devices are alright, but those who write a lot will not enjoy this keyboard.
Open it up and start surfing, that is the Chromebook motto. A Google account is the only requirement.
Open it up and start surfing, that is the Chromebook motto. A Google account is the only requirement.
The little power supply provides 45 Watts of energy.
The little power supply provides 45 Watts of energy.
Chrome OS has matured. Switching between browser tabs is faster...
Chrome OS has matured. Switching between browser tabs is faster...
...and transferring files on Google Drive or to an external storage medium (SD card, USB stick) is quicker too.
...and transferring files on Google Drive or to an external storage medium (SD card, USB stick) is quicker too.
Those who have never used a computer before will not be confused by a plethora of settings and performance modes. There are fewer settings on this notebook than on the average smartphone.
Those who have never used a computer before will not be confused by a plethora of settings and performance modes. There are fewer settings on this notebook than on the average smartphone.
Webcam, 1280x720 pixels - lots of image noise, poor focus around the edges.
Webcam, 1280x720 pixels - lots of image noise, poor focus around the edges.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Very light
+Excellent battery life
+Good application performance
+Very inexpensive
+Ideal for beginning computer users
 

Cons

-Cheap construction
-TN display with weak viewing angles
-Below-average keyboard
-High-pitched, clanging speakers
-Low webcam quality

Shortcut

What we like

Chrome OS has matured. Surfing, handling files and Google Drive, multimedia -- everything works right from the start.

What we'd like to see

If it is a surfing machine, why not equip it with decent input devices? More feedback would have done the keys a world of good.

What surprises us

There are very few hardware settings -- just brightness and the wireless on/off keys. Those who like things simple will be relieved of the burden of today's complex operating systems.

The competition

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12

HP Pavilion 14-c010us

Acer C720-2800 Chromebook

HP Chromebook 11

Top league:

Google Chromebook Pixel

Windows RT:

Microsoft Surface 2

Rating

Toshiba Chromebook CB30-102
08/14/2014 v4
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
68 / 98 → 69%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
76%
Connectivity
54%
Weight
69 / 78 → 79%
Battery
93%
Display
71%
Games Performance
55 / 85 → 65%
Application Performance
55%
Temperature
93 / 91 → 100%
Noise
98%
Average
73%
78%
Netbook *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2014-03-17 (Update: 2014-07-23)