The first Chromebook to try to beat ultrabooks and Apple MacBooks at their own game (i.e. with a 13-inch display) while keeping the price bar low is now up for grabs in the US. A little pricier than we expected through its maker’s official website, but right as anticipated via several third-party retailers.
Meet the Toshiba Chromebook, a sleek, elegant, slim Chrome OS-running portable computer that looks a teensie weensie too alike the 13-inch MacBook Air. Not that you should have a problem with that. We’re actually pretty amazed Toshiba managed to pull of such a premium design and afford to sell the laptop at $280.
By the by, only Adorama charges $280 at the moment, and ships the Chromebook in 7-10 business days, whereas Amazon asks $288, and Toshiba $299.99. The last of which however commits to overnight free shipping as a perk.
Whatever your choice, the 13-incher is the same, packing Intel Celeron “Haswell” heat, 2 GB RAM, a 16 GB SSD, 9-hour battery (more like 7 in real life), Intel HD graphics, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and USB 3.0 connectivity. Too bad about the screen’s meager 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution and the Chrome OS-specific software limitations, or else Apple would really be in deep trouble.