Toshiba Chromebook 2: Is this the Chromebook you've been waiting for?

It's got a great screen and speakers. But is that enough?

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The Toshiba Chromebook 2 has been getting rave reviews. But is it really as good as it seems? I've got specs, details, and advice.

Let's start off with the screen. Most Chromebooks have 11.6-inch screens, but this one is a 13-incher. It's more than the size that's important. The display is exceptional for a Chromebook. You've got two choices for resolution, either a 1366 x 768 screen (that version sells for $249) or a 1920 x 1080-pixel screen, which sells for for $329. The higher-resolution version also has better color reproduction and viewing angles. If you do any video-watching, you'll certainly want the more expensive version.

The design is slick, and not at all cheap-looking. The keyboard is chiclet style, much like the Macbook Air. It makes for easy typing, but not much different than most Chromebooks.

The audio will surprise you -- it's exceedingly good, and not at all what you expect for a device that sells for either $249 and $329. Combined with a great screen, this Chromebook shows it's good for more than just getting work done.

It sports 4 GB of RAM, more than the usual 2 GB in many Chromebooks, and an Intel Bay Trail processor, a dual-core Celeron N2840. And that's it's only real shortcoming. Performance doesn't match that of some other Chromebooks, notably the Acer C720 and Dell Chromebook 11.

So what's the upshot? If you care about a great 13-inch screen, and excellent speakers more than you do for performance, you'll want this machine. If performance is what's important, you may want to pass it by.

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