On Monday during CES 2014, Toshiba's Digital Products Division introduced its very first Chromebook and the very first model to sport a 13.3-inch screen. The company boasts that it's ideal for students and home users looking for a lightweight, cost effective PC that's easy to understand and use.
"We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We believe that bringing a more versatile 13-inch model to market will help drive the entire category forward."
According to the specs, the new Chromebook features a 13.3-inch TrueBrite display with a native 1366 x 768 resolution. This screen is backed by an Intel Celeron "Haswell" processor, 2 GB of RAM and a battery promising up to nine hours on a single charge. There's also a 16 GB SSD and a microSD card slot for even more storage space.
As for additional features, the Chromebook provides two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a security lock slot, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a full-size Chrome optimized keyboard. Toshiba's new Chromebook also measures just 0.8 inches thin and weighs a very light 3.3 pounds.
"The Toshiba Chromebook will super-charge productivity for consumers, schools and businesses, with its 13-inch screen and long battery life," said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. "With this new addition to the Chromebook family, consumers have even more choices at very affordable prices."
The Toshiba Chromebook will be available beginning February 16, 2014 at major retailers for $279.99.