January 08, 2014, 2:31 PM — The Toshiba Chromebook, just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, looks to be a solid machine with a good-sized screen and the right price. How does it stack up against the Samsung, Acer 720 and HP Chromebook 14?
The Toshiba Chromebook is the first Chromebook with a 13.3-inch screen, which makes it a good deal larger than 11.6-inch screens on the Samsung Chromebook and the Acer 720, but smaller than the 14-incher on the HP Chromebook 14. For my purposes, a 13.3-inch screen is the ideal size. But making the Toshiba slightly less than ideal is that it's got the same 1366 x 768 resolution as on the Samsung Chromebook and the Acer 720.
Like the HP Chromebook 14 and Acer 720, the Toshiba Chromebook has Intel's newest processor, the Haswell chip. That makes it a much better bet than the Samsung Chrombook. The Toshiba comes with 2 GB of RAM, just like the others, although it's possible that a future version might be bumped up to 4 GB.
The Toshiba Chromebooks weighs in at 3.3 pounds, compared to the HP Chromebook 14 which weighs 4.1 pounds, the Acer 720 which weight 2.8 pounds, and the Samsung Chromebook, which weighs 2.4 pounds. Given that it's got a larger screen thatn the Samsung and Acer, the 3.3 pounds seems just about right.
The Toshiba costs $279, compared to the Samsung Chromebook and Acer 720 both at $249, and the HP Chromebook 14 at $299. That puts it right in the mid-range you would expect.
The Toshiba Chromebook isn't a knock-your-socks-off machine. If it weren't for its underwhelming 1366 x 768 screen resolution, it clearly be the top choice. If you want a higher screen resolution, the HP Chromebook 14 is a better bet. But I'd still take it over the Samsung Chromebook and Acer 720.