Toshiba's airy new Chromebook 2 looks suspiciously familiar

Not the usual load of old tosh at IFA

toshiba chromebook 2

Toshiba is proud to unveil its new Chromebook 2 models, at IFA in Berlin. There's a cheap one and a really cheap one.

Amazingly, the cheap one looks much better than the usual Chromebook dross. It has a 1080p IPS screen, 4GB RAM, long battery life, is fanless, and doesn't look half bad.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers might actually buy one (but probably not the "really cheap" one.

curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Michael Brown waxes colorful:

Toshiba has one of the better Chromebooks...and now the manufacturer is promising to improve...with one new Chromebook 2 model, and to cost-reduce it with another.

[They] have a 13.3-inch display squeezed into a thin-and-light, 12-inch chassis; and both are powered by Intel [Bay Trail] Celeron processors. ... 802.11ac Wi-Fi...one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. ... But the $330 model comes with 4GB of memory and an IPS display [at] 1920x1080, while the $250 model is outfitted with 2GB of memory and a TN panel [at] 1366x768.

Intel’s Bay Trail-class CPUs...are not only more efficient, but run cool enough that...engineers were able to dispense with cooling fans. [Toshiba] said the lower-resolution model should deliver battery life of 11.5 hours, while the higher-resolution model should last 9 hours.  

And Andrew Cunningham directs our attention:

Most Chromebook hardware can be described as "only OK." [The have] only OK processors, or only OK keyboards, or only OK screens. ... The $329.99 [Toshiba] bumps your RAM to 4GB and uses a good-looking 1080p IPS display, increasing your pixel density and your panel quality drastically

The only downside is that Toshiba's Chromebook 2 doesn't use one of Intel's Haswell chips [but] a dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip, the Celeron N2840, which should be adequate for most basic tasks but includes a weaker GPU and can execute fewer instructions-per-clock.

[The] streamlined chassis that weighs 2.95 pounds and is 0.76 inches thick. In person, it looks a lot like a plastic version of the high-end Kirabook. ... It comes in three colors ("Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose"), and goes on sale October 5.  

Yes, Trent Archer—who confesses to being "a little OCD"—agrees:

If I were you, I’d wait a little longer.

[It's] running Bay Trail. ... But Broadwell is coming soon, which should offer fanless designs as well, but with better performance and around 12 hours battery life.  

But HeroOfTomorrow has a star foresees legal problems in Toshiba's future:

That...picture is a joke, right? That's a MacBook Air.  MORE


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