Toshiba added a 1080p IPS display to its latest Chromebook, and it's pretty glorious
Right at the beginning of the IFA 2014 week, Toshiba pulled the wraps off its new Chromebook 2. Coming in two versions, it's the higher spec, Full HD 1080p Chromebook 2 we've taken a quick first look at here on the show floor. The displays used on Chromebooks to date – not counting the likes of the Chromebook Pixel – has been one of our bigger criticisms across many of the models we've seen. But not this one. The 1080p IPS display is simply glorious to look at.
You get the great viewing angles, clarity and color that you just don't get with TN panels. And that makes such a huge difference to the experience of using it. Images, text and videos all look superb on this 13.3-inch display.
To recap on the other hardware notables; Inside is an Intel Celeron N2840 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and up to 9 hours of battery life. It's slim, too, coming in at 19mm – check out the gallery at the foot of the post to see how it sizes up next to its predecessor – but despite this there are some pretty great sounding speakers hidden inside. Hidden being the word as Toshiba has integrated the onboard speakers beneath the chiclet keyboard. Skullcandy has 'tuned' them, too, and the sound quality isn't at all bad by laptop standards.
Speaking of the keyboard, it's a nice chiclet keyboard, and it's nice to type on. The trackpad is responsive, and all around on the hardware front it's a solid Chromebook. We didn't get much of a chance to really tax it, though we're pleased to see 4GB of RAM on board. On the software side, Chrome OS is still Chrome OS.
The Chromebook 2 will be on sale from October 5 in selected markets, though it's not due to hit the UK until early 2015 at this point. Priced at $329 it's not the cheapest Chromebook out there, but it's definitely got things going for it that some of the others don't. Like the display.
Check out a quick hands on gallery below.