Toshiba's Chromebook 2 was one of the best bang-for-the-buck laptops for people looking to have a productivity tool that 'just works.' But not only that, Toshiba managed to cram up a super bright full HD display, powerful speakers and faster wireless speeds into a stylish and thinner form factor. Fast forward a couple of months and the Japanese manufacturer decides to revamp the Chromebook 2 to trump the competition of Chrome OS laptops.
For starters, the new Chromebook 2 by Toshiba will be equipped with a 5th-generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i3 or a Celeron processor to deliver more on the performance spectrum. With that said, snappier responses and smoother media playback can be expected from this device.
Additionally, Toshiba is arming their new Chromebook 2 with a backlit LED keyboard -- a feature that has been absent from several Chromebook offerings today. For the people interested on what carries on from its predecessor, Toshiba will still be shipping the new Chromebook 2 with two USB ports (one a piece for 3.0 and 2.0), up to 4GB RAM option, an HD webcam and that stunning 13.3-inch 1080p display that has been its most glorious feature. The design language and form factor would appear to be the same as well.
The battery life, which happened to fall short from the first Chromebook 2, still sticks to the same 9-hour rating. Although, the fresh new processors would more than likely lengthen it further by an hour or two due to its efficiency.
The Toshiba Chrome 2 is pegged for an October 2015 release. The suggested retail price starts at $330 for the basic Celeron version while it sits right at $430 for the Core i3 model.
Chromebooks have been a solid alternative to Windows laptops due to its basic features and lesser resource use, making them a perfect choice for users that require a basic productivity tool for documentation, media playback and web development.