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Google has to be pleased with the growing popularity of Chromebooks, which are laptops built around the search giant's cloud-based Chrome OS. If you're interested in Chromebooks but have yet to pick one up, you have another model to choose from. New to the U.S. market is Toshiba's first Chromebook, a 13.3-inch machine with an Intel Celeron 2955U processor.
It also has 2GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 16GB solid state drive (plus 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage for two years), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p webcam, built-in stereo speaker, two USB 3.0 ports, a memory card reader, HDMI output, and a 4-cell battery that Toshiba claims is good for up to 9 hours of run time.
Toshiba first announced its intention of offering a Chromebook at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month. It was supposed to be available on February 16, 2014 starting at $280, but it arrives ahead of schedule for $300 direct from Toshiba. Alternately, Amazon currently has it listed for $280; the same goes for Micro Center and Adorama.