Toshiba refreshes Chromebook 2 with Broadwell CPUs

Toshiba has unveiled a refreshed version of its already-quite-respectable Chromebook 2. This updated Chromebook maintains most of the original machines' specs, but buyers can now choose among Broadwell Celeron and Core i3 CPUs, along with a 4GB RAM option.

The Chromebook 2's body is about the size of a regular 12" notebook, but Toshiba has shoehorned a 13.3" display in there. The 1080p IPS display is interesting indeed considering the machine's price and market segment. The keyboard also gets an upgrade—it's now LED-backlit, making late night web browsing easier.

Other niceties include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a dual microphone array, and an HD webcam. Toshiba reckons the Chromebook 2's battery is good for 8.5 hours of use, and the whole machine weighs a mere 2.9 lbs (or 1.3 kg).

The Broadwell Chromebook 2 will be available in October. Prices start at $330 for the Celeron version, while the Core i3 model will set you back $430.

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