It was a bit over a year ago that I moved to the Chromebook platform for my laptop needs. I went with the Toshiba Chromebook at the time, which was the only 13″ Chromebook with an Intel processor. I liked everything about it, except the screen, which was a bit washed out and not crisp. Now, Toshiba has the Chromebook 2 which has everything I liked about the original with an outstanding screen. This might be the ultimate Chromebook, especially at 13″.
Other nice improvements include a slightly thinner and lighter design and improved speakers from Skullcandy. Overall build quality is still good as is the keyboard. The Chromebook 2 still sports an Intel processor but it’s now the Bay Trail version which, while not quite as fast as the previous chip, is perfectly fine. There is no perceived speed difference and the Bay Trail does provide for that slimmer and lighter design because it does not require a fan. It also increases battery life quite nicely.
The screen, however, is what will blow you away in this Chromebook. In order to keep costs down, most all previous Chromebooks from all vendors, had a sub-standard screen when compared to non-Chromebook laptops. You get what you pay for, and at around $200 for a Chromebook, you’re not going to get a superior screen. The screen on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a full HD LCD screen, just like what is found on more expensive laptops. It’s bright and sharp and has great viewing angels. It’s as good or better than any laptop screen I have ever had and is far and away better than anything I have seen on a Chromebook.
The one caveat with this Chromebook is the price. Remember, you get what you pay for and this Chromebook costs $337. That’s primarily for the higher quality screen but I can say with confidence that it’s worth the extra price. I have always wanted someone to create a mid-range Chromebook with a better quality screen, and this Chromebook 2 from Toshiba is it.