It's thin, it's lightweight and now, it's got an even better, brighter display. If you're looking for an enhanced Chromebook for your business, Toshiba's new Chromebook 2 may be the one for you.
Toshiba has updated its Chromebook lineup with the Chromebook 2, a refreshed version that offers a thinner profile and a much-improved display. The Chromebook runs exclusively on the Chrome operating system and gives you free Google Drive storage and access to a vast collection of apps and extensions at the Chrome Web Store.
Starting at $249.99, is the Toshiba Chromebook 2 the right Chromebook for your business? Read on to find out. [Best Chromebooks for Business]
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 features the same silver plastic build as the original Toshiba Chromebook, but it is slightly slimmer and lighter. It measures 12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inches and weighs 2.95 lbs., compared with the Toshiba Chromebook's 12.9 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches and 3.3 lbs.
Looking for a Chromebook with a bright, vivid display? Toshiba gives you two resolution options for the Chromebook 2: the $249 1366 x 768-pixel display or the $329 1920 x 1080 version with in-plane switching (IPS) for enhanced color reproduction.
In a hands-on review by our sister site Laptop Mag, the 1080p screen delivered "bold colors, sharp details and great viewing angles" and "very accurate colors." Using a colorimeter test, Toshiba's Chromebook 2 reproduced 98.5 percent of sRGB colors, blowing away other ultraportables, which have a reproduction average of 65 percent. Its brightness of 339 nits also outdoes other Chromebooks' average of 216 nits.
Power and performance
Powered by a 2.58-GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is one of the fastest Chromebooks in its class. This means it can keep up with all your work needs, whether you're editing data on a business app or multitasking across apps. It also comes with a 16GB SSD hard drive and 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage.
The Chromebook 2 also has a decent battery life. Equipped with a three-cell, 44-watt lithium-polymer battery, Toshiba puts battery life at up to nine hours. With constant use, however, you'll get just under eight hours of juice. Laptop Mag's Battery Test, which consists of Web surfing via Wi-Fi at 100 nits, kept the device running for seven hours and 49 minutes.
If you need to attach accessories and peripherals, the Chromebook 2 offers a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port and HDMI port. A security lock port, SD Card slot and combination mic/headphone jack are also included.
Originally published on Business News Daily.