Toshiba announces a refreshed Chromebook 2, one of its most powerful units yet

toshiba-chromebook-2

Toshiba today unveiled the all-new Chromebook 2, bringing with it a lot of updates that make it the optimal laptop for anyone on the go. The most notable changes being 5th generation Intel i3 processor support and a backlit keyboard to keep the work flowing during the wee hours of the night.

It also sports a 13.3-inch 1080p HD display, Skullycandy speaker, a whopping eight and a half hours of battery life, built-in dual array microphones (perfect for Hangout video sessions), and the standard ports–audio jack, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, and HDMI port, and the power plug-in.

As for the processing unit, you can choose between two Chromebook 2 variants–the Celeron or Intel i3 model. Both come with the backlit keyboard and 4GB of RAM, giving you optimal processing power no matter which model you choose. However, the Intel i3 CPU will no doubt give you that extra boost.

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 isn’t available just yet, as it’s slated for an October 2015 release. Not too far way, but still a bit of wait for those that want to get their hands on this new Chromebook from Toshiba. Pricing for the new Chromebook 2 starts at $329.99 at participating retailers, and of course, Toshiba’s own online store.

Anyone plan on picking one up?

IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 22, 2015 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the successor to its award-winning Chromebook 2. Now available with a 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 or Celeron™ processor and up to 4GB of RAM[i], these two new models deliver better performance for loading content-rich webpages quickly, providing brilliant video playback and effortless multitasking. Both models come with an all-new LED backlit keyboard for a more seamless experience when web browsing, watching movies, listening to music and getting work done, even in low light environments.

“As more people use Chromebooks for productivity and rely more often on the web for content creation and entertainment, devices need to be better equipped for these higher processing demands and built with hardware features that optimize Chrome OS,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “With the launch of our latest Chromebook 2 models, Toshiba delivers brilliant performance for an outstanding experience on and off the web with entertainment-inspired hardware features that make the most of Chrome OS and enable customers to get things done faster wherever their Chromebook 2 takes them.”

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 features a brilliant 13.3-inch diagonal Full HD (1920 x 1080) display[ii] with IPS technology that delivers sharpened color reproduction and accuracy, plus wider, more accurate viewing capabilities. Engineered to fit a 13.3-inch display in a 12-inch body and lightweight at just 2.9 pounds, the new Chromebook 2 comes packed with features without sacrificing portability or design. In addition, the device delivers a superior entertainment experience with strategically placed front-facing stereo speakers tuned to bring quality and attitude by the audio experts at Skullcandy®, a leading audio headphone provider and lifestyle brand. On-board dual array microphones and an HD webcam are also included to enable rich video chats.

With an 8.5-hour battery life rating[iii] on both models, customers will be able to do more multitasking throughout the day, whether they are in the classroom, at the office or at home. These devices also come equipped with ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi® and a range of ports, including one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI® output, SD Card slot and a security lock slot. Plus, customers can enjoy 100GB of Google Drive™ Storage[iv], 90-days of free unlimited music streaming on Google Play™, 12 in-air passes for Gogo® Internet and more – all included with the device.

Pricing and Availability

The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 will be available for purchase starting in October 2015 at major retailers, e-tailers and on toshiba.com/us, for $329.99 MSRP[v] for Intel Celeron model and $429.99 MSRP for the Intel Core i3 model.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.