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Toshiba Chromebook 2 Gets A Refresh With New 5th Gen Intel Processors And A Backlit Keyboard

Toshiba Chromebook 2 Gets A Refresh With New 5th Gen Intel Processors And A Backlit Keyboard

This morning Toshiba has officially made an update to their Chromebook. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 has long been held as one of the better options out there, but now it’s gotten all the better. Coming this October a new refresh to this machine will bring updated 5th generation Intel processors inside (either Celeron of i3) alongside 4GB of RAM. the majority of the other specs will remain the same with the FHD 13.3″ IPS display, 8.5 hours of battery life, and the same storage tiers returning. One of the notable and welcome changes is that the keyboard is now LED backlit which is a great addition as not many Chromebooks, (aside from the Pixel) offer that.

The updated Toshiba Chromebook 2 will be available from major retailers this fall at a starting price of $329 (Celeron processor) with another model available for $429 (Intel i3 processor).

Press Release


IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 22, 2015 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the successor to its award-winning Chromebook 2. Now available with a 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 or Celeron™ processor and up to 4GB of RAM[i], these two new models deliver better performance for loading content-rich webpages quickly, providing brilliant video playback and effortless multitasking. Both models come with an all-new LED backlit keyboard for a more seamless experience when web browsing, watching movies, listening to music and getting work done, even in low light environments.

“As more people use Chromebooks for productivity and rely more often on the web for content creation and entertainment, devices need to be better equipped for these higher processing demands and built with hardware features that optimize Chrome OS,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “With the launch of our latest Chromebook 2 models, Toshiba delivers brilliant performance for an outstanding experience on and off the web with entertainment-inspired hardware features that make the most of Chrome OS and enable customers to get things done faster wherever their Chromebook 2 takes them.”

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 features a brilliant 13.3-inch diagonal Full HD (1920 x 1080) display[ii] with IPS technology that delivers sharpened color reproduction and accuracy, plus wider, more accurate viewing capabilities. Engineered to fit a 13.3-inch display in a 12-inch body and lightweight at just 2.9 pounds, the new Chromebook 2 comes packed with features without sacrificing portability or design. In addition, the device delivers a superior entertainment experience with strategically placed front-facing stereo speakers tuned to bring quality and attitude by the audio experts at Skullcandy®, a leading audio headphone provider and lifestyle brand. On-board dual array microphones and an HD webcam are also included to enable rich video chats.

With an 8.5-hour battery life rating[iii] on both models, customers will be able to do more multitasking throughout the day, whether they are in the classroom, at the office or at home. These devices also come equipped with ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi® and a range of ports, including one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI® output, SD Card slot and a security lock slot. Plus, customers can enjoy 100GB of Google Drive™ Storage[iv], 90-days of free unlimited music streaming on Google Play™, 12 in-air passes for Gogo® Internet and more – all included with the device.

Pricing and Availability

The new Toshiba Chromebook 2 will be available for purchase starting in October 2015 at major retailers, e-tailers and on, for $329.99 MSRP[v] for Intel Celeron model and $429.99 MSRP for the Intel Core i3 model.

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Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.