Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 earned high marks last year for its high-quality display and other premium options including 802.11ac WiFi and up to 4GB of RAM.
Now Toshiba is launching a new model with more powerful processor options. The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 should be available in October for $330 and up.
The new Chromebook 2 is available with Celeron or Core i3 chips based on Intel’s 5th-gen Core “Broadwell” architecture. The entry-level model with a Celeron chip is priced at $330, while Toshiba will charge $430 for a model with a Core i3 chip.
Both models have 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS displays with wide viewing angles and LED-backlit keyboards.
Other features include 802.11ac WiFI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, and an SD card reader. There are stereo front-facing speakers, dual-array microphones, and the laptops weigh about 2.9 pounds.
Note that while the original Chromebook 2 was fanless, the new models are not. That’s at least partly due to the move from the low-power Intel Celeron Bay Trail processors in the 2014 models to the more powerful Broadwell chips in the 2015 Chromebook 2 models.