ASUS Chromebook Flip review: A high-quality hybrid with great battery life

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Introducing Toshiba’s cheap Chromebook 2 with free cloud storage.

Toshiba’s Chromebook 2s are now more versatile than ever before, thanks to a refresh which sees them fitted with Broadwell CPUs from Intel’s recently released line up.The Toshiba Digital Products Division, part of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., unveiled on Tuesday two new refreshed versions of its Chromebook 2.

Toshiba has this week announced they will be launching a new Toshiba Chromebook 2 laptop next month running Google Chrome OS with prices starting from just $330. Toshiba says it will offer up to 4GB of RAM in these laptops. (Toshiba currently sells a $250 Chromebook with 2GB of memory and a 1366×768 display; it’s unclear if this model is sticking around.) Other specs include front-facing speakers (tuned by headphone maker Skullcandy), 8.5 hours of battery life, a full-sized SD card slot, HDMI output and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. That’s at least partly due to the move from the low-power Intel Celeron Bay Trail processors in the 2014 models to the more powerful Broadwell chips in the 2015 Chromebook 2 models. Buyers also get 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years. (There’s no word on internal storage, but presumably it’s the same 16 GB as current models.) Unfortunately, Toshiba hasn’t followed Google’s lead in adding USB-C support to its Chromebook, instead opting for one USB 2.0 port, and another USB 3.0 port. Obviously this laptop isn’t a performance powerhouse, but compared with the last generation Celeron chip, a bump to a Core i3 would be certainly noticeable and should make this generation’s Chromebook 2 that bit quicker at performing certain tasks.

While it’s still early days for USB-C, the number of USB-C peripherals is growing, and it’s nice being able to charge, connect accessories, and power an external monitor all from a single cable. Display wise, the Chromebook 2 comes with a 13.3-inch, 1080P IPS panel, though as TechReport points out this is bundled inside a 12 inch notebook chassis. Toshiba explains more : Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 is a refreshingly different type of computer, designed to help you get things done faster, and be entertained from anywhere. Why this matters: While some other Chromebooks are getting much bigger screens, convertible touch displays, and unbelievably low prices, Toshiba is playing it safe with its new browser-based laptops. It’s not too big, not too small, and lacking in gimmicks, so it could be just the right fit for accessing the web through Google’s Chrome browser.

There you have it, Toshiba has revealed their new Chromebooks, it’s up to other OEMs to follow soon, if I’m note mistaken Lenovo is expected to unveil something soon as well, stay tuned. For those that like to have video conferences or chats with friends and loved ones, there’s also a built in HD webcam and a dual microphone array, so you don’t necessarily need to put a headset on every time you want to talk to someone.

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