Toshiba throws its hat in the ring with 13.3-inch Haswell Chromebook

Toshiba’s new 13.3-inch Chromebook.
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Today at CES, Toshiba became the next PC OEM to put out a system powered by Google’s Chrome OS. Its new 13-inch Chromebook was first teased a couple of months ago alongside a few other Haswell-powered Chromebooks, but now we know all the details about the $279 laptop.

On the inside, the laptop’s dual-core Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB SSD put it on the same level as the other Haswell Chromebooks—perhaps a little less desirable than some of the 4GB models, but Chrome OS isn’t as RAM-hungry as a more complex desktop operating system. The laptop also uses solid-state storage, includes dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, and comes with a decent collection of ports (two USB 3.0, one HDMI, one card reader). Nine hours of battery life is also promised, roughly in line with what we’ve seen from other recent Chromebooks.

Where Toshiba hopes to differentiate itself from the pack is in screen size, which at 13.3 inches is appreciably larger than the 11-inch screens in devices like HP’s Chromebook 11 or Acer’s C720. Though the display uses the same 1366×768 resolution as the smaller Chromebooks, Toshiba believes the larger onscreen elements will be better for productivity. At just over three pounds, it’s also about a pound lighter than HP’s larger Chromebook 14, so it may be a good compromise for those of you looking for something that’s larger while still being relatively light.

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via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/Xlkm1ChsXiM/

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