As promised in January during CES 2014, Toshiba has launched its very first Chromebook, costing either $279.99 or $299.99, depending on where you look. This Chrome OS laptop, which is the first in this category to provide a 13.3-inch screen, can now be purchased from Amazon (opens in new tab), Adorama (opens in new tab), or directly from Toshiba.
"We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We believe that bringing a more versatile 13-inch model to market will help drive the entire category forward."
The specs reveal a 13.3-inch TrueBrite LED-lit display with a native 1366 x 768 resolution. This screen is backed by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, 2 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and a battery promising up to nine hours on a single charge. Storage is provided by a 16 GB SSD, a microSD card slot, and 100 GB of Google Drive storage free for two years.
Toshiba's new Chromebook also includes two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a security lock slot, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a full-size Chrome optimized keyboard. The "Sunray Silver" Chrome OS laptop measures just 0.8 inches thin and weighs a very light 3.3 pounds.
As a comparison, over on Google Play the HP Chromebook 11 shares the same $279 USD price tag. The device sports an 11.6-inch 300 nit screen with 178 degree viewing angles, backed by a Samsung Exynos 5250 SoC, 2 GB of DDR3L memory, and a 30 Wh li-Polymer battery promising up to 6 hours on a single charge. Other features include 16 GB of internal storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a VGA webcam and more.
For another comparison, HP also has the Chromebook 14 (opens in new tab), which costs $299. This Chrome OS laptop has a 14 inch BrightView screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Celeron 2955U "Haswell" processor, 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR3L memory, 32 GB of internal storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a 4-cell 51 Whr battery promising up to 9.5 hours on a single charge. This Chromebook also has an HP TrueVision HD webcam and an island-style Chrome OS keyboard.
For more information about Toshiba's Chromebook that's now available, head here.