Toshiba is the latest big name manufacturer to jump on the Chromebook bandwagon with their simply named Toshiba Chromebook, a 13.3", 3.3 pound laptop. Chromebooks are the new netbooks, and it seems that a small and portable laptop under $300 is hard to resist. Unlike netbooks running Windows, the Chromebook runs Chrome OS, Google's creation where the lines between OS and the Chrome web browser blur. In fact, you're pretty much doing everything inside the browser with a Chromebook, but that experience is made richer with browser plugins. You'll work on Office compatible documents; edit photos, play casual games and social network in the browser. There are no traditional programs or apps to install here, and Google expects you'll store most of your files and media in the cloud (100 gigs of Google cloud storage is included).
At CES 2014 we had a chance to play with the Toshiba Chromebook, and soon you'll be able to as well: it goes on sale Feb. 16th in the US, for $279. That price nets you a better looking than average Chromebook (we'll admit the HP Chromebook 11 is snazzy looking too). For the price you get a plastic casing, but Toshiba does a reasonably good job of making it look like aluminum. Inside, there's a 13.3", 1366 x 768 display that has better viewing angles and is less washed out than some competing Acer and Samsung Chromebooks. It runs on a 4th generation Celeron CPU with 2 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of solid-state storage, which are standard fare for current Chromebooks.
The little laptop has two USB ports, an SD card slot, full size HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It has dual band WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth. We can't wait to bring you a full review!
Here's our Toshiba Chromebook first look at CES 2014 video: