Best Under £300Key features:
- 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 screen
- High quality keyboard and trackpad
- 1.3kg, 4GB RAM and 16GB flash storage
It’s not the cheapest on the market, but the Toshiba Chromebook 2
is the best Chromebook available right now. It delivers as a work tool and entertainment laptop, and could be an ideal choice as long as you can get on board with Chrome OS.
Two versions are available – one with a Full HD screen and the other with an HD one. Though it costs £50 extra, we recommend the former. Its 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display is terrific for watching movies on, and feels likes it belongs to a far more expensive laptop. Colours are rich and bright, black levels are impressive, and it’s bright enough to use outside in the sunshine. The Skullcandy-tuned speakers are loud and crisp too.
Since this is a Chromebook, most of your files will be stored online. It comes with 100GB of free cloud storage via Drive, which is like Google’s own version of Microsoft’s Office suite, though you have to be connected to the internet to make full use of it. Crucially, Skype, iTunes and VLC media player are not yet supported by Chrome OS, so make sure you can do without these programs before making your purchase.
An Intel Celeron processor, paired with 4GB of RAM, powers the Full HD model. It handles HD video and general computing tasks really well. Battery life is really impressive, delivering over nine hours of mixed use off a single charge.
This all comes wrapped up in plastic body that’s roughly the same size as that of the 13-inch MacBook Air. It’s attractive in a simple way, but still stands out thanks to the dot pattern on top. The keyboard and trackpad are great to use too. Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £221 | Amazon.com from $274
At time of review the Toshiba Chromebook 2 was available for £270.