New Toshiba Chromebook 2 Boasts Faster Broadwell CPU

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Toshiba Chromebook 2 gets an Intel Broadwell refresh.

The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 will be available with 5th-gen (Broadwell) Intel Core i3 or Celeron processors, so it should offer a decent performance boost compared to the previous model.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 new model is better poised to meet the needs of users who are putting their Chromebooks to task – those who use the machines for productivity work and other things more demanding than the original spat of Chromebooks could handle. 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. The cheaper model will be fueled by Intel’s Celeron SoC, and the more powerful device will be powered by Intel’s 5th generation Core i3 processor. 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. The Chromebook 2 also features an HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 ports, an integrated SD slot and audio technology provided by Skullcandy. “Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 is a refreshingly different type of computer, designed to help you get things done faster, and be entertained from anywhere,” the firm boastfully claims on its website. “Nothing complicated to learn. 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. 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. 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.

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. An auditing panel discovered that Toshiba had “massaged” its figures to appear more profitable than it actually was, with $1.22bn having been “exaggerated”. µ

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