We all love Chromebook. Okay, perhaps not all of us do, but certainly a lot of us do and want to see more options in terms of design, hardware and price point. And that’s why every time a new manufacturer jumps the ship of Google’s Chrome OS arena, we begin to expect something more.
This time, it’s Toshiba. And reportedly the company is preparing a 13.3-inch Chromebook, a screen size no other Chromebook has as of now, along with Intel Celeron (Haswell) processor and 2 GB RAM.
Now before we go further down into details, you might be wondering where this is coming from. Interestingly, we got to know it by chance. PCMag scheduled an article to go online on January 6th, next year, which has mistakenly appeared online for a short period of time. That is our source for this new Toshiba Chromebook.
Here’s the details we know so far about Toshiba Chromebook from the PCMag review:
- 13.3-inch display at a resolution of 1366×768 with no touch input
- Intel Celeron 2955U, 1.4 GHz dual-core, Haswell
- 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD
- USB 3.0, full-HDMI output
As you can see from both the tiny shot and press rendering, the Toshiba Chromebook apparently has a textured design. It doesn’t offer a high-end display, but it does open up a new area of Chromebooks where 13.3-inch displays are a choice. I’m personally a fan of 13.3-inch displays and a lot of other people love it too. It’s not too small at 11-inch neither too big at 14-inch. Just perfect for everyday (or long periods of) online browsing, typing documents, movies, etc.
Toshiba Chromebook’s Intel HD graphics is definitely a plus point that a lot of buyers will be attracted to. Two USB 3.0 ports and a full-sized HDMI output is a definitive plus, not to mention the 2 GB of RAM. Built-in flash storage is, as with the other Chromebooks, a little small; so you’ll have to connect an SD card to store your other media and files unless you want to keep everything on the cloud, which is — however — pretty much the point of Chromebooks.
Toshiba Chromebook is going to go on sale for $279. And you should look forward to CES 2014 for more information on this beauty.
Chrome OS has come a long way since the original CR-48. The offline capability has improved, a new desktop has been introduced along with taskbar, file manager, and packaged apps that come with Chrome browser and works like a separate application — some of which don’t need a connection to work. Google has its 100% effort to make it your go-to computer for your basic to intermediate needs. And seeing how Acer, HP and now Toshiba is helping Google with the design and hardware, it’s safe to say that Chromebooks do have a bright future ahead.
What’s your first impression on Toshiba’s effort at Chromebook?