Toshiba Chromebook now available for $280

Toshiba’s first Chrome OS laptop is now available in the United States. The Toshiba Chromebook features a 13.3 inch display, an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid state storage.

It’s available from a number of retailers, with prices starting at about $280.

Toshiba Chromebook

Adorama is selling the Toshiba Chromebook for $280. It’s also available from Amazon for $288 and from Toshiba.com for $300.

The notebook features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a webcam, HDMI output, an SD card reader, and a 52 Wh battery. It has a 1366 x 768 pixel display.

When you buy the Chromebook you’ll also get 100GB of cloud storage with Google Drive for free for 2 years.

Interestingly this is the first Chromebook to ship with a 13.3 inch display, although there have been other models with 11.6 inch, 14 inch, and even 12.5 inch screens.

The Toshiba Chromebook is also up for pre-order from Amazon UK for £249. It has an estimated ship date of February 10th in the UK.

via OMG Chrome

  • captain irrelevant

    Get ready for a swarm of bad reviewers on Amazon ridiculing themselves because they didn’t do enough research before buying a chromebook.

    • http://www.dahayden.com/ David Alastair Hayden

      Pretty much all the Chromebooks on Amazon get an average of 4 stars or better.

      • captain irrelevant

        That’s the problem, there are a bunch of these reviews that yaps on about how the chromebook can’t do this can’t do that and didn’t know that everything had to be on the browser so consequently gives these chromebooks 1 star ratings. It’s surprising the number of people that buys a product without researching into it and then gives a bad review to a great product because of their impulse to buy things. Without these people, these chromebooks would be getting a full 5 stars instead of the 4.5 stars they are now.

      • http://www.dahayden.com/ David Alastair Hayden

        Ah, I see what you mean now. You have a point. Of course, there will always be haters and people who don’t read before buying.

      • free_variation

        Some look like astroturfers to me.

  • brian

    On laptops I tend to remap the “windows key” or whatever key is between the ctrl and alt to middle mouse click. Its a shame there’s no such key here.

    • http://www.dahayden.com/ David Alastair Hayden

      I’m not sure what a middle mouse click would be on a Chromebook. Actually, I’m not sure what one is at all. I’ve been using Macs for 9 years with a minimal amount of Windows, and in my Windows days a middle click was not something I used.

      In the Chromebook settings, you can alter the functions of the search, ctrl, and alt keys by changing which ones are which, restoring caps lock, that sort of thing. Like remapping those same keys in the settings on OS X.

      • Z C

        The main uses for the middle click:
        1) a funky type of scrolling
        2) it opens links in a new tab

        I use #2 a lot, when browsing with an external mouse.

      • http://www.dahayden.com/ David Alastair Hayden

        So two-finger scrolling and ctrl+click. I’ve been doing those gestures so long I’m really used to them. I did used to have a mouse with a scroll wheel in the middle, like twelve years ago. Did it click? Maybe it clicked and I don’t remember that part or didn’t use that function.

      • Z C

        Oh, I agree that there’s no need for middle-clicking in Chromebooks (I’m not OP); I was just explaining what middle-clicking was used for.

    • free_variation

      The Search key is Google’s “windows” key (and Apple’s cmd)

  • free_variation

    2G/16G is already a bit thin though. It matters when it comes to caching your gdrive.