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Toshiba Refreshes Chromebook 2 with Broadwell and Backlit Keyboard

by Maximum PC | September 26, 2015September 26, 2015 6:00 am PDT

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Don’t call it Chromebook 3

Toshiba is adding new hardware to its Chromebook 2 laptop, though not so much that it would warrant calling it Chromebook 3. More specifically, the Chromebook 2 is getting 5th Generation Intel Core i3 and Celeron processor options, otherwise known as Broadwell, and an all-new LED backlit keyboard.

The Chromebook 2 wields a 13.3-inch Full HD 1080p (1920×1080) IPS display that Toshiba squeezed into a 12-inch chassis for added portability points. Towards that end, it checks in at just 2.9 pounds and can last up to 8.5 hours on a single charge, according to Toshiba.

Chromebook 2 models will come with up to 4GB of RAM (not user upgradeable), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity (one each), HDMI output, a SD card slot, and a security lock slot. Customers will also receive 100GB of Google Drive storage, 90 days of unlimited music streaming on Google Play, 12 in-air passes for Gogo Internet, and other goodies yet to be announced.

It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to new Chromebook models now that Windows-based laptops have come down in price. Chromebooks have never been able to penetrate the general home consumer market and instead have found some success in education. The emergence of sub $300 and $200 Windows laptops could steal back some of that market share.

Toshiba’s refreshed Chromebook 2 models will be available in October priced at $330 for the Celeron system and $430 for the Core i3 version.

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