Asus isn’t the only company launching a portable Windows notebook with the kind of specs you’d expect from a Chromebook.
The Toshiba Satellite CL10-B is an 11.6 inch notebook with an 11.6 inch display, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC solid state storage. The notebook weighs 2.4 pounds, measures about 0.8 inches thick, and should sell for around €260 in Europe.
There aren’t currently any plans to offer this laptop in the United States.
Toshiba’s new laptop features a 1366 x 768 pixel display, Windows 8.1 with Bing software, and an Intel Celeronor Pentium Bay Trail processor with Intel HD graphics.
It also has a touchscreen, which may help explain why it’s a bit more expensive than the Asus EeeBook X205.
The Toshiba Satellite CL10-B has HDMI output, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Toshiba plans to bring the notebook to market during the 4th quarter of 2014.
Blogger Steve Pain got to spend some time the CL10-B at the IFA show in Berlin and reports that the display has poor viewing angles, but that the notebook could be an interesting option given its low price tag.
via CNET and
Man, if they could just make something like this in the 12.5″ to 13.3″ range…
I was at Best Buy on Labor Day and bought a Acer notebook (slightly bigger than a netbook) with Win 8.1 with Bing for $179.99. I was told that it was below cost. It seemed like a good deal.
I bought the same via online. It’s an Aspire E3-111 (or E 11). This Toshiba looks identical to it in specs & appearance, aside from that the Acer has a 320GB HDD rather than the tiny eMMC. I think all these are from the same Intel reference design, subsidized by both Intel & MS to combat Chromebook incursion.
Two problems I experienced: The “with Bing” OEM license can’t be activated if you clean-install using existing Win8.1 OEM ISO. That means you’re stuck with the factory install. The second is that I can’t get Ubuntu/Mint ISOs to install. It does boot, once you switch to legacy boot (which means re-installing Windows), but hangs right before it gets to the GUI screen. I’ve seen reports of the problem online, and am guessing it’s something about Intel’s new chipset that isn’t recognized by current Ubu builds.
Otherwise, it’s a solid value for the money. The trackpad is excellent, much more precise than those on my other laptops. OTOH, the keyboard feel is pretty bad, but I suppose one can get used to it.
As Brad Linder has covered, the Acer can be opened to upgrade the storage and/or RAM. It takes DDR3L, which means 1.35V DDR3 and not the 1.5V variety (I had a spare module and it doesn’t boot)
I have the same laptop as you, I downloaded the Windows with Bing single language (English) iso from here: https://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/52611-DISCUSSION-Windows-8-1-Spring-2014-Update-RTM/page28 (just scroll down to post #278) You don’t need to input your product key because it is embedded to your laptop.
2nd, you must assign a supervisor password in your bios and JUST disable secureboot and leave uefi mode on, I tested it with lubuntu 14.04 and it works but I have acpi related problems. In my opinion Windows 8 is really designed for this machines and it works better.
Yeah it only accepts up to 8 gb ddrl (1.35v) but you can upgrade to ssd but it will only run on sata II
If your installing that Windows ISO, you must turn off secureboot. To turn secureboot on after installing, you must choose in bios the option “Select an UEFI file as trusted for executing” select hdd1>boot and select the bootx64.efi and now you can boot to windows with secureboot on, note that you must assign a supervisor password to unlock those secureboot option.
George, I much appreciate the info to the Bing ISO and its installation. I noticed that it is pre-RTM (of Update 1); did the Bing RTM ever appeared? I did search on MDL, but didn’t find anything.
My workaround was to use the standard ISO, then use KMS to activate. As for UEFI, I simply disable it and use legacy for everything. These cheap Atom boxes are going to be pretty popular, and hopefully will be common enough to pick up Linux support for its chipset.
In any case, Win8.x will be supplanted by Win9 pretty soon, so that’s another thing I’ll look forward to trying on it.
That’s the Windows Bing build I found that is close to the one pre-installed, but it totally works fine for me aside from a specific windows update that keeps bricking my boot. Oddly, Lubuntu(installed and live cd) freezes on shutdown and restart on legacy mode but works fine on UEFI. They are selling this laptop (e3-111) in south/southeast asia with Linpus Linux pre-installed but yeah I hope it will be better supported in Linux soon specifically the netbook/lightweight distros.
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