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Toshiba gives its Chromebook 2 a Broad(well) refresh

Toshiba has announced a new version of its highly rated Chromebook 2 laptop.

The refreshed Chrome OS device has been fitted with the Intel Broadwell chipset.

The fifth-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 chips will boost the battery life from just over 6 hours to 8.5 hours, according to the Japanese manufacturer.

The chips and the addition of a backlit keyboard aside, there’s not a lot that’s new about the updated Chromebook 2.

It still packs the 4GB of RAM and 13.3-inch Full HD display that made it one of the more popular Chromebooks on the market.

The refresh will be priced in the same ballpark too. It’ll be $329 (about £249) for the Core i5 model, while the Core i5 version is $429 (around £280).

The Chromebook also brings a HDMI out and two USB ports while donning the same plastic chassis.

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The price tag will surely appeal to those seeking to jump aboard the Chrome OS. While there are options with higher spec points, longer battery life and a greater focus on premium design, those options also cost twice as much.

In our review posted in February 2015, the Chromebook 2 came in for high praise, with our reviewer proclaiming: “If you want a Chromebook, the Toshiba
Chromebook 2 is the one we recommend. It has a great screen, looks good
and delivers in every way that matters.”

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