Toshiba was one of the first company’s to offer a 13-inch Chromebook that could compete directly with Apple’s MacBook lineup. Today there are plenty of solid models out there if you’re looking for a Chrome OS machine with a 13.3-inch display, but Toshiba thinks it can still with the lighter and sleeker Chromebook 2.
The company’s latest Chromebook crams a 13.3-inch display into a 12-inch body, and when you put the new laptop next to its predecessor the difference is obvious. Not only is the Chromebook 2 smaller, it’s also sleeker and nicer to look at. For $329 you can grab a Full HD 1080p model that comes equipped with an Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB of memory, 16GB of storage, a built-in webcam, a 9-hour battery, and ports for HDMI, headphone/microphone, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. There’s also a cheaper regular HD model with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels slightly weaker specs for $249. Both options also come with built-in speakers from Skull Candy.
Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 looks like a fine device, though it’s tough to say if it’s the right choice compared to Acer’s new NVIDIA-powered Chrome OS laptop. If you’re looking for a Full HD model Acer has the better price at just $299, though Toshiba actually offers the better deal if you’re okay with a slightly lower resolution. The Tegra K1 is probably the better computer chip, so power users might prefer Acer’s Chromebook, though personally we kind of like Toshiba’s metallic design even if it looks a bit too much like a MacBook.
At the end of the day these are both solid options at great prices though, which is really what makes buying a Chromebook so great in the first place.