Is a Chromebook right for you?

Chromebooks – PCs designed to run the Google Chrome operating system – offer a unique alternative to traditional Windows® or Mac® laptops. Built for today’s always-connected lifestyle, the Chromebook leverages the nearly ubiquitous wireless connectivity in our homes, schools, and offices along with the power of web apps to deliver a robust PC experience and make you more productive. To decide if a Chromebook is right for you, ask yourself these questions.

What will you use it for?

For most of us, the Internet is an essential part of daily life. If your main uses for a computer involve connecting to the web to access apps, information, and social media, then a Chromebook might be for you – especially if you already prefer the Google Chrome browser. The intuitive features and clean design on the Chrome browser translate directly to the

operation of the Chromebook, so you won’t lose any time familiarizing yourself with the interface.

Chromebooks can work offline, but they’re designed for – and excel at – surfing the web. They’re ideal for research, writing papers or presentations and storing them in the cloud, and online collaboration.

The 13.3-inch HD display on Toshiba's Chromebook makes surfing the web beautiful and easy, with the extra screen space allowing for greater productivity.Use it to connect to your favorite web apps and social networks, keep multiple windows open, and switch instantly between cloud apps for efficient online multitasking.

How do you feel about maintaining your PC?

Chrome OS manages updates and security automatically, so you don't have to worry about downloading and installing upgrades yourself. Each time you start your Chromebook, it will check to see if it’s running the latest Chrome OS, then apply any necessary updates instantly, without bothering you at all. Chrome OS is always up to date, always secured by the latest Google code, and always hassle-free. It’s a whole new way to think about – or not think about – your computer.

If you’re a PC enthusiast who enjoys tinkering with Windows, downloading and installing updates, and running antivirus scans to protect your PC, the Chromebook may not be for you. But if you’d rather boot up and get to work without the need to worry about your computer’s settings, Toshiba’s Chromebook is an amazing experience.

Do you need lots of internal
storage, or can you rely on the cloud?

Because they’re designed for online use, Chromebooks rely primarily on cloud-based storage services, such as Google Drive, to access data. Toshiba’s Chromebook comes with a 16GB internal solid-state drive and 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years*, giving you plenty of capacity to store most personal files in the cloud. If you need more local storage, you can connect an external hard drive to the Chromebook’s two USB 3.0 ports.

What is your budget?

Starting at under $300, Toshiba’s Chromebook is an amazing value. Total cost of ownership for a Chromebook is typically very low, because the device makes excellent use of free web services for most features. The Google Chrome operating system is completely self-updating, so there are no future upgrade fees.

Google Apps

Do you use Google Apps?

Designed by Google, the Chrome operating system thrives in Google’s ecosystem of web-based apps and services. All of Google’s apps work seamlessly across Google devices – from your smartphone to your tablet to your Chromebook – allowing you to easily access and maintain all your files and media. Creating and editing text documents and spreadsheets with Google Docs is easy – and the apps are free. Gmail accounts automatically sync with Google Calendar. Your bookmarks and preferences in the Chrome browser will follow you wherever you choose to log in. Group chats, live video streaming, and video calls are easy with Google Hangouts. And you can add more apps and extensions via the Chrome Web Store.

If you’re already using Google’s apps and services on your Windows or Apple® devices, the move to a Chromebook should be smooth and easy. If you’re accustomed to working in natively installed desktop apps such as Microsoft® Office, the transition to the new interface may take some getting used to, but you will still be able to open, convert, and edit the same files for spreadsheets, word documents, presentations, and more.

How important is mobility to you?

For highly mobile users, Toshiba’s Chromebook offers a lightweight, sleek design that makes it easy to take anywhere. At only 3.3 pounds and a slim 0.8-inch thickness, it compares favorably with most lightweight notebooks. Meanwhile, its 9-hour battery life* gives you the power to stay unplugged longer. And Chrome OS boots almost instantaneously.

Chromebooks are well suited for users who have frequent access to Wi-Fi® hotspots (such as college students and office workers), because connectivity is key for web-based apps. While it’s possible to use a Chromebook offline, users who frequently go long periods without Internet access may prefer a conventional notebook.

How important is mobility to you?

How often will you use your computer offline?

If you always use your computer with an Internet connection at home, school, or work, then a Chromebook may be a great choice. However, if you frequently spend long periods away from a network as part of your daily routine, then a conventional laptop may be a better option for you.

How often will you use your computer offline?

How important is battery
life to you?

With its solid-state drive and power-efficient Intel® Celeron® processor, Toshiba’s Chromebook can last up to 9 hours. Whether you spend your day moving from class to class or conference room to conference room, this Chromebook’s amazing battery life makes it an excellent choice for users who need all-day productivity.

How important is battery life to you?

Are you a gamer?

If you're a hardcore PC gamer, you will prefer a conventional Windows PC to a Chromebook. PC games typically require a significant amount of internal hard drive space, a lot of system memory, discreet graphics cards, and a Windows operating system. The Chromebook's emphasis on web-connected productivity over performance-intensive gaming features makes it less suited to gamers than most conventional laptops.

If, however, you enjoy playing online games in your browser, Toshiba's Chromebook may be an excellent choice. And if you require more screen real estate than the Chromebook's 13.3-inch HD display offers, you can expand your view to an HDTV or external monitor via the built-in HDMI® port.

Do you have an Android phone?

The Chrome OS makes the Chromebook an excellent companion to Android smartphones. With built-in support for the best of Google’s apps, including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, Google Calendar, and more, the Chromebook makes sharing data and online content a seamless experience with Android devices. When you enter a new contact into your Chromebook’s address book, it will automatically appear on your Android phone as well. All the data in your Google Drive account will automatically appear on both devices. And if you have a Chromecast wireless entertainment device, the Chromebook talks to that, too.

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Chromebooks are a great option to keep you productive in any connected environment, leveraging the familiar and reliable suite of Google apps. Toshiba’s Chromebook is designed to maximize your potential with added processing power and expanded screen space. If you think a Chromebook is the right device for you, browse deeper details and in-depth specs of Toshiba’s Chromebook here.

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