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Tech Reviewer Recommends Toshiba Chromebook 2 for Classrooms

The power of education technology is growing as designers, experts, companies and manufacturers find a way to bring new and improved products. One such product is looking to make an impact, as the Toshiba Chromebook 2 gets a stellar review from Buzz Garwood of EdTechMagazine.

“In testing, the Chromebook 2 booted up in seven seconds and woke from sleep in less than three,” according to Garwood.

“HD videos played clearly, and web pages loaded quickly, thanks to Intel HD Graphics and a 2.58-gigahertz Intel Celeron processor. Toshiba says that the Chromebook 2’s three-cell, 44Wh battery can last up to nine hours, but in my testing I got closer to eight — not bad, considering the amount of HD video content I played. Students using the Chromebook 2 to edit documents, conduct research or visit their learning management system will probably get closer to nine hours.”

Chromebooks have been surpassing tablets in the classroom and each tech company has their own specifications that come with their respective products. With the introduction of the Chromebook and almost all digital devices for that matter, the need for physical textbooks and lesson handouts seem unnecessary. With tools like the Chromebook parents, teachers and even students are able to take a deeper dive into the undeniably technologically advanced future. In terms of Toshiba’s product, Garwood says that it’s a “viable, do-it-all notebook.”

“The Chromebook 2 comes configured with 4 gigabytes of DDR3L 1,600- megahertz memory, which, although not user-replaceable, should be adequate for most classroom tasks,” according to the report.

“I could edit a picture, stream music and update a Google presentation with 10 tabs open, all without a hitch. As storage goes, 16GB of solid-state flash memory may seem small. But considering Chrome’s emphasis on cloud file storage — and Google’s accompanying offer of 100GB Google Drive storage, free for two years — it should be plenty.”

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is one of the many options available to educators and administrators and seems to have won the confidence of Garwood.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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