IFA 2014 is happening in Berlin. One of the first new devices announced this morning is Toshiba’s Chromebook 2. Updated with a 13.3-inch, 1080p screen and 4GB of RAM, Toshiba is taking aim at Samsung’s Chromebooks. Toshiba partnered with Skullcandy to brand the new Chromebook 2. The speakers are under the keyboard instead of facing down like on the previous Toshiba Chromebook. Both the placement and position of the speakers, and the focus on audio with the Skullcandy branding, means that the Chromebook 2 will have significantly better sound than a lot Chromebooks on the market.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes in two variants. There’s a basic version that retails for $249. It has a 1366 x 768 display, 2GB of RAM, dual-core Celeron N2840 CPU, Wi-Fi a/c, and Bluetooth 4.0. Both models come with 16GB of internal storage, one HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, and an SD card reader that supports up to 2 terabytes of additional storage. You also get 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage when you purchase one of these.
The upgraded model comes with a 1080p IPS display, 4GB of RAM, and a faster Celeron N2840 CPU that’s clocked at 2.16GHz. The other specs are the same. The upgraded Chromebook 2 will sell for $329. I’d recommend picking up the higher specced version. For the additional $80 it will cost you, you’ll have a much better experience.
Both of these will be available on October 5. They will come in three color options, too. There’s an Aqua, Charcoal, and Rose variant. Toshiba is coming out swinging, targeting Samsung’s Chromebook 2 which is priced at $399, a fill $70 more than Toshiba’s better sounding option. Chromebooks are finally stepping up into the realm of all day, everyday usability. They are only going to get better.