Toshiba is the latest company to bring a Chromebook to market and it might be just right. The $279 Chromebook was announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and is expected to launch in mid-February. While other Chrome OS devices have settled on 11.6- and 14-inch sizes, Toshiba opted for a 13-inch panel.
I think that’s a smart move because the smaller Chromebooks can be a bit cramped for some users. Likewise, a 14-inch laptop seems like too much of a step up. The display uses the typical 1366 x 768 resolution found on most other Chromebooks at this time. Inside is standard fare also: a fourth-generation Intel Celeron chip, 2 GB of memory, 16 GB of local storage, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI jack and memory card reader.
With the new Haswell-based processor inside, Toshiba says the new Chromebook should run for around 9 hours on a single charge. There’s no mobile broadband option, just Wi-Fi, so you’ll either need to be near a hotspot or create your own from a phone or a tablet. Aside from the screen size, there’s little to differentiate the device from other Chromebooks, but that might be just enough to make Toshiba’s effort worthwhile.