Toshiba Chromebook 2 Review

toshiba chromebook 2 review

The Chromebooks are just getting better and better. The time of windows powered laptops dominating the market is over. They are not just cheap machines running the Google OS anymore. And the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the perfect example of it. It features a stunning 13 inch full HD 1080p IPS display, a stylish light frame and decent speakers, and all of these only for only $329 ($249 without the HD screen). So, if you like the simplicity of the Chrome OS, but want some premium features as well, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the perfect choice for you. Read More

Toshiba L50 Intel Core i7 Haswell Laptop for $499 after Coupon

imageIf all you care about is processing power then the Toshiba L50 that comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-4700mq Quad Core processor for $499.99 is probably as low as you’re going to get for a laptop with such a processor.  Here’s how to get the deal, go to and add the Toshiba L50-ABT3N22 to your cart and then at checkout use coupon code SH12DAYS to knock $50 off the price, bringing the total to $499.99.  This particular Toshiba model has the following specs:

  • Intel Core i7-4700mq Quad Core
  • Screen: 15.6” 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 500GB
  • Wireless: 802.11n
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Optical Drive: DVD Burner

Yes, it’s true that the 15.6” screen with 1366 x 768 resolution is very poor for a desktop replacement style laptop, but if you can get past that and just care about the raw power of a Core i7 Haswell processor then look no further than this deal!  The $50 off coupon is good today only (12/7) so there’s not much time before this deal passes.

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Toshiba KIRABook Reviews Trickle Onto the Web, the Conclusion? Overpriced.

KIRA-Ultrabook-600-01Toshiba recently announced the KIRABook, a premium Windows 8 UltraBook with Ultra HD display, and now the verdict on this notebook from a few major publishers have been appearing on the web.  Unfortunately we don’t have the same $2,000 machine on hand other reviews have received to give you our own verdict (waves to Toshiba) but a summary of the best reviews to have been published so far can give you a good idea of what you do and don’t get for such a steep starting price of $1,599:

The Verge“Finally, a flagship Windows 8 laptop”

The title of The Verge’s review is somewhat misleading and you’d think the review would be 100% glowing, but in fact it is not.  The reviewer takes issue with the fact that, despite having a gorgeous display, many of the applications look horribly blurred or have tiny controls because Windows software developers did not design their software with a 2560 x 1440 resolution display in mind.  For instance, the Chrome Browser displays text so blurry it’s almost impossible to use.  The hardware is ahead of the software in this case.

Another complaint comes due to the lid having horrible flex.  Though Toshiba touts the KIRABook’s Mag-Alloy material as being stronger than the aluminum on the MacBook Pro, it apparently is layered so thinly in the lid area that it flexes like a trampoline.

Battery life was found to be quite good, at around five hours.  Performance was decent with fast bootup of 7 seconds, but sometimes multi-tasking slowed the machine down, likely a symptom of the high-resolution display and extra pixel pushing that requires.

AnandTech“It’s a good product that has a questionable price and poor timing, and that’s ultimately where things go south.”

Dustin over at Anandtech is a great reviewer and really knows his stuff.  He makes the very valid point that the timing of the KIRABook release just two months ahead of Intel’s Haswell release is somewhat tragic.  Who wants to pay nearly $2K for a notebook that you know will be out of date and outperformed in just two months?  Now is not a good time to be spending a huge chunk of change on a laptop, for those buying budget machines it doesn’t matter so much, but we’d advise against spending more than a week’s worth of salary for something that will depreciate a few hundred bucks the moment Toshiba releases an Intel Haswell equipped version of the KIRABook.

Dustin also took issue with the cheap Intel wireless chip used inside the KIRABook as it is not WiFi 5GHz capable, a head scratching design decision on a premium machine when even budget friendly notebooks often have this feature.  Either Toshiba design engineers had to find a way to save $5 – $10 on parts or something about a 5GHz capable wireless chip caused concern.  The unsettling lid flex was also noted in the review.

Negatives aside, AnandTech felt the 2560 x 1440 Ultra HD screen was everything Toshiba had promised it to be, with a bright display and vibrant and true colors.  The keyboard and mouse input were very good by Ultrabook standards and battery life of around 5 hours under light usage conditions was right where you’d expect it to be.  Premium offerings such as the touchscreen and faster Core i7 are nice to see, but way overpriced in the reviewer’s opinion.

CNET “High end specs, and a price to match”

CNET Editor Dan Ackerman seems to like the Toshiba KIRABook, but can’t understand the pricing of $1,999 for the system reviewed and believes that the design falls short given the price.  CNET likes the keyboard, mouse and display – all very important aspects of laptop usability.  However, the reviewer keeps coming back to the point that the system doesn’t feel all that more special than other notebooks that are half the price, including Toshiba’s own Satellite U845T Ultrabook that retails for $800 and gets well reviewed.  Bottom line, nice machine, but not worth the price.


The common theme amongst all of these reviews are that it was a nice effort on Toshiba’s part and the high quality display is appreciated, but given some software incompatibilities with the display the hardware may be a bit ahead of its time for the Windows platform.  Toshiba has priced the KIRABook system above that of the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display that starts at $1,499, and it’s hard to swallow paying more for a Windows machine with very similar hardware to a Mac OS X machine when people expect Windows machines to not have the “Apple tax” (extra margin Apple can charge simply due to their branding).  Still, good luck to Toshiba with at least trying this more premium approach.  Ironically Sony, the other company willing to make premium products and charge more, just ended offering their $1,500+ VAIO Z line and is focusing more on laptops under $1,000 so Toshiba may end up learning the same lesson Sony just got the message on, extremely high priced Windows machines don’t sell all that well.

Toshiba Unveils new KIRABook, an Ultrabook with Ultra Hi-Res Screen

Taking a cue (or two) from Apple Toshiba yesterday unveiled a new member in its notebook lineup dubbed the KIRABook.  This is no low end Satellite plastic constructed notebook, rather this is a premium Ultrabook style machine designed to take on the likes of the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display.  The KIRABook has a 13.3” display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, which will make it the highest resolution Windows based laptop on the market when it’s released May 12th and put it in the same league for pixel density as the Google ChromeBook Pixel and MacBook Pro 13” with Retina display.  Toshiba is emphasizing the quality of the screen by promising that it will be calibrated for color manually at the factory and then have the settings stored to the BIOS so they can be recovered at any point.


The base level processor on the KIRABook will be an Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM.  Higher end configurations with a touch screen and Intel Core i7 will also be available, if you’re willing to over and above the $1,599 start price that is of course.    The KIRABook will weigh in at a light 2.6lbs and be 0.7-inches thick thanks to its tough but lightweight magnesium case.  The design is much like a MacBook Pro in that it’s a wedge shape, silver colored and has the same overall dimensions, but the rounded edges do set it apart.

Other notable features include the fact the KIRABook comes with a free copy of Adobe PhotoShop Elements and Premier Elements.   A two year warranty is standard with 24 hour phone support for the duration of the warranty.  It has a claimed six hours of battery life and ports include three USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card reader and headphone / microphone jack.  Looks like the perfect machine right?  Well, there are two notable downsides.  The screen is glossy and suffers from a lot of reflection (why Toshiba, why?)  and the HDMI output can only drive up to 1920 x 1080 resolution to a larger display and cannot match the resolution of the 13” it comes with.

Toshiba Portege Z930 Business Ultrabook now Available, Starts at $1,149

Toshiba has announced and started selling its Portege Z930 13.3” screen Ultrabook, an update to the Z835 we reviewed last year, essentially it’s just a minor refresh and Toshiba is now pushing this more as a business oriented Ultrabook as they now have a consumer level Satellite Ultrabook 845 that costs around $700.  Toshiba has slapped a $1,149 price tag on this model out of the gate, which is rather extreme considering we bought the Portege Z835 at a bargain price of around $699 last year at Best Buy during a sale around the holidays – we’re hoping to see cheaper models of the Z930 soon.  So what justifies the higher price?  You of course now get the latest Intel Ivy Bridge lineup of processors to choose from and HD 4000 graphics, right now the processor choices include Intel Core i5-3427U Processor and i7-3667U.  Quite importantly, there is now a matte screen finish on this model instead of the rather horrible glossy (reflective) screen seen on the Z835, that’s a pretty important update for business users.

Toshiba Z930

Other than that, things are pretty much exactly the same between the Z930 and Z830 models.  That’s not all bad though.  You get a nice selection of ports — USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, SD card reader, headphone and microphone jack, and HDMI.  The looks is the same, it has a brush metal grey finish and is 0.63” thick and weighs 2.4lbs, which is incredibly thin and light and beats out the MacBook Air.  That said, we found the Z835 model somewhat flimsy due to the extreme thinness and since the design hasn’t changed it’s unlikely that has either.  The Z930 will be configurable with up to a 512GB SSD and 12GB of RAM, the standard size storage drive is a 128GB SSD.  There is no regular HD option.  The Z930 is up on the Toshiba website now where you can build your own Z930-BT9300 starting at $1,149 or buy pre-configured models for faster ship starting at $1,479.

Toshiba Z930 keyboard

Toshiba Satellite P800 and S800 Series Announced

Toshiba has also announced the latest line of its entertainment-optimized Satellite P800 Series and Satellite S800 laptops, which are designed for greater everyday computing power with sleek, yet extremely durable, premium aluminum casings in Champagne Silver.

As with the other recently announced Satellite C800 and L800 Toshiba laptops, the Satellite P800 Series will be available with 3rd Generation Intel Core processors and select configurations will feature NVIDIA’s GeForce 630M discrete graphics with battery-saving Optimus technology.

Toshiba Satellite P800

Here’s what to expect of the P800 Series:

  • Raised tile keyboards with available LED backlighting, a new larger and easier-to-use Click Pad
  • Multiple USB 3.0 ports.
  • Harman/kardon stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D sound enhancements
  • Hard drive impact sensor
  • HD Webcam
  • HDMI port
  • Toshiba’s exclusive Resolution+ video upconversion technology, which adjusts color, brightness, and contrast for a more HD look and feel.
  • USB Sleep & Charge and Toshiba Sleep & Music, which give users the ability to power their devices while the laptops are powered down.
  • Select configurations are equipped with the latest connectivity technologies and entertainment features, including Intel Wireless Display and a Blu-ray Disc player.
  • HD TruBrite LED Backlit displays in three screen sizes: 14-inch diagonal widescreen, 15.6-inch diagonal and 17.3-inch diagonal widescreen.

The all new Satellite S800 Series is designed for entertainment enthusiasts and is a more affordable, middle-ground model compared to the higher-end P series. The S800 Series also comes equipped with 3rd Generation Intel Core processors in addition to the latest multi-core Accelerated Processing Units from AMD with optional discrete ATI graphics.

Toshiba S800

With its durable brushed aluminum Ice Blue casing (though not on the bottom), the S800 Series offers a spacious trackpad and a raised tile keyboard for portability and comfort. The S800 laptops will also feature the latest smart Toshiba technologies, including USB Sleep & Charge as well as Toshiba’s Media Controller software for content sharing. Toshiba’s PC Health Monitor and eco Utility enable laptop longevity and are designed to protect vital components and conserve power. Certain configurations will also include a Blu-Ray Disc player and will be available with an HD TruBrite LED Backlit in three screen sizes: the Satellite S845 with a 14-inch diagonal widescreen display, the Satellite S855 with a 15.6-inch diagonal display and the Satellite S875 with a 17.3-inch diagonal widescreen display.

The Satellite P845 and Satellite P855 will start at $799.99 MSRP while the Satellite P875 pricing begins at $849.99 MSRP. The P800 Series will be available for purchase in early Q3 2012 exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide, on, and

The Satellite S800 Series will start at $699.99 MSRP and will be available for purchase in early Q3 2012 at major retail outlets, online stores, and beginning on June 24, 2012.

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Toshiba Satellite L800 and Satellite C800 Series Budget Laptops Announced

Toshiba laptop announcements continue with the unveiling of its new affordable and portable Satellite L800 and Satellite C800 Series laptops, which are available in a variety of configurations, screen sizes, and colors.

Satellite L800 Series laptops are ideal for customers looking for a reliable and a generally good all-around system for a reasonable price. Though the new L-Series laptops are thinner than its previous generation, it still maintains its durability and generous screen size and will sport Toshiba’s Fusion II finish with a new cross line pattern in a range of colors such as: Mercury Silver, Tuxedo Black, Pearl White, Corsa Red and Cobalt Blue. They will also include full-sized raised tile keyboards with 10-key number pads on the larger models. Additionally, the new L800 laptops will now include a larger multi-touch control trackpad to maximize usability and minimize incidental contact.

Satellite C800

Some of the featured specifications of the new L800-Series include:

  • Select configurations will be equipped with 3rd Generation Intel Core processors (Ivy Bridge) or the latest multi-core Accelerated Processing Units from AMD, for multitasking, productivity, and light gaming.
  • The HD TruBrite display is available in three screen sizes: 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch.
  • Toshiba smart technologies, including PC Health Monitor, eco Utility and USB Sleep & Charge, allowing users to charge their devices when their laptops are powered off.
  • SRS Premium Sound HD.
  • Select configurations of the Satellite L800 Series come equipped with a Blu-ray player, HD webcam, and HDMI port.

For an even more casual option, the Satellite C800 Series laptops deliver basic productivity for consumers on a budget. With its fingerprint-resistant Trax Texture finish in Satin Black or Fusion I finish in Mercury Silver, the C800 laptops feature next-generation processors from Intel and AMD with up to 500GB in hard drive space and variety of connectivity options that include USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, a Media Card Reader, and an HDMI port. Additionally, the laptops will include a webcam with face recognition technology, a DVD drive, and a full-sized keyboard. Like its L800 brethren, they are available with HD TruBrite widescreen display in sizes of 14, 15.6- and 17.3-inch diagonal display models.

The Toshiba Satellite L845, L855, and L875Series laptops start at $449.99, $499.99 MSRP, and $599.99 MSRP respectively, while the C800 Series start at $399.99 MSRP.

All of the laptops will be available for purchase in early Q3 2012 at major retailers, online stores, and direct from Toshiba on

Toshiba Qosmio X875 and X875 3D High-Performance Laptops Announced

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has unveiled two new high-performance laptops, the Qosmio X875 and Qosmio X875 3D. Designed for gaming and media enthusiasts, the laptops are equipped with 3rd Generation Intel Core processors (Ivy Bridge) and with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics processor, which boasts 3GB of GDDR5 discrete graphics memory providing users with the power needed to seamlessly take on the most demanding graphics-intensive applications and the latest 3D games.

Toshiba Qosmio X875

The X875 and X875 3D sport Toshiba’s new Black Widow design, which features a diamond-textured aluminum body and a glowing red LED Qosmio logo on the cover as well as a raised tile LED-backlit keyboard and 10 key.

Here’s a run-down of the key features:

  • A high-resolution 17.3-inch diagonal HD+ (1600×900) TruBrite display or a full 1080p HD with 3D-ready screen, which includes NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 Kit with Lightboost
  • Built-in harman/kardon quad speakers with Slipstream technology for superior audio and SRS Premium Sound 3D that enhances the surround sound experience.
  • Blu-ray Disc player
  • HDMI port that delivers 1080p output to an HDTV
  • Toshiba Media Controller software, enabling users to easily share and stream content with other DLNA-compatible devices within a home network.
  • Toshiba Sleep & Music, which allows users to listen to music while the laptop is powered down.
  • Dual USB Sleep & Charge ports that allow users to charge their USB-powered devices while the system is sleeping or powered down
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Equipped with speedy hybrid hard-drives and dual hard-drive combinations in configurations with up to 2TB of on-board storage, including up to four slots (two user accessible) for 1600MHz memory.
  • High-speed connectivity with Gigabit Ethernet and wireless capabilities for faster upload/download and LAN gaming.

Toshiba’s new Qosmio X875 and Qosmio X875 3D laptops will be available for purchase in early Q3 2012 at major retailers, online stores, and direct from Toshiba at Pricing ranges from $1,299 MSRP to $2,499 MSRP.

Toshiba Satellite P850, P855, P875 and P870 Announced

More Intel Ivy Bridge processor based laptops are on their way soon.  Toshiba has unveiled its new Satellite P series, comprising of premium multimedia laptops built for high performance. The new P series features the “latest” hardware from Intel and “next-gen graphics from NVIDIA,” which likely means of course means it will be equipped with the new Intel Ivy Bridge processor family and Nvidia “Kepler” graphics–the newest graphics platform from Nvidia.

The Satellite P series consist of four models: two 15.6″ laptops, the Satellite P850 and P855, which feature a glasses-free 3D option using a lenticular screen, and two 17.3″ models, the Satellite P875 and P870, which give plenty of power and a lot of real estate for viewing. The P series will also offer Blu-ray drive and hybrid hard-drive (8GB solid, 750GB spinning) options. As for the design (the odd placement of the track pad and the overall look), well, you be the judge:

Toshiba Satellite P850

Here’s a full rundown of the specs:

  • Latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors
  • Next generation NVIDIA Kepler Graphics GPUs
  • Glasses-free 3D screen (selected Satellite P855 models only)
  • Up to 1TB hard drive or 750GB/8GB hybrid drive
  • DVD SuperMulti, Blu-rayTM ROM drives
  • 4x USB 3.0 including 2x Sleep-and-Charge USB
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Intel Wireless Display
  • Dedicated headphone port & microphone port with Sleep-and-Music
  • Full HD web camera with Face Recognition
  • Backlit tiled keyboard
  • Harman Kardon speakers with Slip Stream technology, SRS Premium Sound 3D Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

There’s no official word on pricing yet, but it will likely start around $940.00 USD range. The new Satellites will ship sometime in the next quarter, since the release date of the Acer Aspire V3 and Lenovo Y480 / Y580 have been leaked as April 29th, we’re guessing it’s the same 2012 release date for the P850 and P870 as well.

Toshiba Announces Qosmio X870 Gaming Laptop Specs

Toshiba has just unveiled a new handsome looking gaming laptop, the Qosmio X870, which will likely be equipped with the new Intel Ivy Bridge processor platform. The X870 will also have NVIDIA 3GB GPU and a generous 17.3 inch Full HD 3D screen, capable of playing games in stereoscopic 3D using NVIDIA’s 3D Vision technology. Additionally, the screen will have a speedy response time of 5ms giving an improved visual gaming experience. Toshiba’s new gaming rig will also have up to 2TB of storage or a hybrid SSD option, the latter of which is vital for speedy load times. HDMI connectivity, four USB 3.0 ports, and Harmon Kardon premium speakers will also headline the laptop’s features.

Qosmio X870 (2)-thumb-640x480-101222As far as the design goes, the X870 seems to be quite different compared to previous Toshiba gaming laptops we have seen in the past with its red backlit keys and black chassis build; it’s very sleek looking!

Here’s a full rundown of the specs for the Qosmio X870:

  • Processor: Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7· Latest Intel® processors
  • Graphics: · Next generation NVIDIA® GPUs
  • Screen: 17.3″ TruBrite Full HD screen with LED backlighting (1920x1080p resolution)
  • Storage: Up to 2TB hard drive or hybrid drive SSD option
  • Optical Drive: · Optional Blu-ray ROM or DVD SuperMulti drives
  • Ports:  4x USB 3.0 including 2x Sleep-and-Charge USB, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, headphone port, microphone port
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Features: Full HD web camera with Face Recognition, Red backlit tiled keyboard, Large clickpad with multi-touch control, Harman Kardon stereo speakers with Slip Stream technology, SRS Premium Sound 3D

There’s no information on pricing or a solid release date yet; however, Toshiba has indicated that the Qosmio X870 will be ready for a Q2 launch.

Source: Tech Digest

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