It’s no secret that most Chromebooks are underpowered and lack basic features because manufacturers are trying to deliver these casual-use laptops at the lowest possible price. Thankfully, Toshiba is part of a growing trend of companies that are making better Chromebooks with only a modest increase in price by using better processors, more RAM, better displays and designs that don’t look as “cheap” as the Chromebooks we’ve seen in the past.
Granted, if you are willing to pay more than $300 and plan to use your laptop for more than just browsing websites, streaming Netflix and YouTube, or typing emails, then you are probably better off buying a traditional Windows-based laptop. On the other hand, many casual users don’t need more than what a Chromebook offers … and new apps which add functionality to Google’s Chrome OS are showing up all the time.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is an impressive laptop for $329.99 (or less at most U.S. retail stores). With a 1080p high-definition display and reasonable performance, the device is one of the best Chromebooks on the market today. We’d recommend this for casual and everyday use.
- Excellent display
- Well-designed keyboard
- Chassis feels hollow and slightly fragile
- Pricey compared to low-cost Windows PC