There seems to be a passionate affair going on between Haswell and Chrome OS. Just yesterday, Asus announced its Chromebox, a mini-desktop with a Celeron-branded Haswell chip inside. Today, Liliputing reports that a Toshiba Chromebook powered by the same chip has gone on sale for $280.
According to the Amazon listing, the Toshiba Chromebook has a 13" 1366x768 display, a Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, dual USB 3.0 ports, and a nine-hour battery. The system is only 0.8" thick, which about as slim as an ultrabook, and it weighs 3.3 lbs.
Amazon charges $279.99 for the Toshiba Chromebook and quotes a one- to three-week lead time. Liliputing found the same machine listed at Adorama.
$280 for a Haswell-powered machine with a nine-hour battery sounds like a pretty good deal to me. HP charges the same for the Chromebook 11, which has an 11" IPS display, an ARM-based processor, and a six-hour battery. Of course, both systems are saddled with 16GB of storage—fine for Chrome OS, but a little tight for Windows. (Windows 8.1 requires 16GB of free hard-drive space for the 32-bit version and 20GB for the 64-bit one.)
Update: The Toshiba Chromebook is also out of stock at Adorama.
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