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Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: An attractive Chrome OS experience

JR Raphael | Oct. 27, 2014
From its admirable build quality to its outstanding speakers and display, Toshiba's Chromebook 2 offers an appealing yet affordable Chrome OS package.

The laptop has the best display available on an affordable Chromebook -- and that goes a long way in making the device pleasant to use. The screen is your window into the system, after all, and the impact a display of this caliber has on the overall user experience can't be overstated. Factor in the killer speakers and above-average build quality, and you've got an exceptionally enjoyable setup.

With those niceties, though, comes a level of performance that's okay but not exemplary -- "good enough" perhaps, but not great. Depending on how you anticipate using the system, that could be a worthwhile tradeoff or an unacceptable hindrance.

The question is ultimately whether you'd rather have a Chromebook with okay performance and an awesome display or one with great performance but a terrible screen. For most casual users, I suspect the former will lead to a better overall experience -- and that's why for most consumers, I'd recommend Toshiba's Chromebook 2 as the best affordable Chromebook you can buy today.

 

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