The Toshiba Chromebook 2 isn’t going to go head-to-head with a MacBook Air or Surface Pro 3, but for laptop under $350, it’s not bad.

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By Christina Warren2014-09-03 16:35:02 UTC

Toshiba is introducing two new Chromebook 2 laptops with sleek new designs and equally svelte price tags at IFA 2014.

It took a few years, but the Chromebook has become very real indeed. Naysayers (like myself) are eating a bit of crow as schools, businesses and casual users adopt the Chromebook en masse.

A big part of the growing appeal for these devices is the low cost accompanied by an impressive design and specs.

Take the Chromebook 2. The company is shipping two models (one for $249.99, another for $329.99), both of which feature 13-inch displays in a 12-inch chassis, making them more portable. The standard model features a 1,280 x 720 HD display while the premium model has a full HD 1080p display and an IPS panel, which tends to have good off-angle viewing.

The Chromebook 2 is powered by an Intel Celeron processor and comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi; it can be configured with 2GB or 4GB of RAM. These machines aren’t going to go head-to-head with the MacBook Air or Surface Pro 3, but for laptop under $350, it’s not bad.

Toshiba is also offering battery life of 11.5 hours on the entry level model, with 9 hours on the full HD model.

The Chromebook 2 also features a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI out and an SD card slot, as well as an HD webcam. It will be available in the United States starting Oct. 5.

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