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Introduced at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Toshiba Chromebook 13 is now available with a $299 starting price. Here’s a first look at the device, which I’ll be using full-time for the next few days as a real world test.

Toshiba Chromebook side angle

I got just a few short minutes to use the Toshiba Chromebook 13 at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, noting that it was the only Chromebook on the market with a 13.3-inch display. That’s still the case and I have a review unit in hand to get a closer look at this device, which retails for $299.

I’ll be using the Chromebook 13 as my full-time computing device for a few days and will follow up with more detailed thoughts, but for now, here’s a quick overview of the Chromebook, some size comparisons to other notebooks and a few benchmark tests to check basic performance. Note that I mis-spoke in the video as this particular model has 2 GB of memory, not 4 GB.

The Chromebook 13 actually processes JavaScript nearly as fast as my Chromebook Pixel; a device that costs $1,000 more than Toshiba’s Chrome OS laptop. Of course, the display isn’t as nice and the keys aren’t backlit, but when you can save a grand for comparable performance, that’s pretty compelling.

I’m most interested in how long the battery lasts on a single charge as the Pixel uses a last-generation Intel chip and tops out at 5 hours of run time. Toshiba says you can expect nearly double that — 9 hours — on one charge with the Chromebook 13. I’ll definitely be testing that claim, so stay tuned!

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  1. You should use YouTube’s video stabilizer.

    1. Ooh! Great idea; thanks! :)

  2. I’d hate to say this, but if Samsung’s 13″ offering has 4GB of RAM at a similar price, it’ll destroy this one… assuming it also has Haswell.

    1. Yeah but from some reports Samsung will begin pricing at $399 for the larger one.

  3. I just bought a 13.3″ Toshiba Chromebook and love it. It’s got a good display, keyboard, touchpad, USB 3.0 Super Speed ports, good connectivity options, great looks and value for my $.

    The case has no flex and it’s just a little bit heavier than 11.6″ models. Toshiba is the first to come out with a 13.3″ Chromebook and they deserve the recognition for this.

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