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There was briefly an article online in PC Mag on the Toshiba Chromebook, but now the link is dead. It's the first bit of detail on the Toshiba since the IDF announcement. 

Key details: Haswell Celeron, 13" screen (1366x768), 2 USB 3.0, full size HDMI, SD card reader, $279 retail price.
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Ian Ray
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So an Acer C720 with a 13.3" screen, basically.

I thought it was supposed to be "versatile"
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The real question is how much does this weigh.

If they can somehow get 13.3" down to less than 3 lbs, this will give other Chromebooks a run for their money. The lighter it is, the more units will sell.

If this is between Pixel and HP 14 weight, Toshiba made a big mistake.
 
+Ken Yeh is that an image of it? I hope it's not the final version. I was hoping for some wow factor.
 
+Ian Ray  I have been out of town all day with family.  It seems I have missed a bunch while gone.   I am going to take a wild guess on the weight of the Toshiba 13" model:  2.75 lbs.  I would be amused if it is named "Toshiba 13" Chromebook.
 
Hmmm, and no touch screen... hope Asus hits some Chromebook home runs 
 
+Michael Frena I would expect any new manufacturer getting into the Chromebook market to start out with a very basic model.  I hope Toshiba and Asus prove me wrong, but I wouldn't bank on it.  :)
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+Ian Ray The article said about 3lbs and 0.8" thick.

+Maison Pulaski This was the image pulled from the article. The writer said that the lid has a "stippled pattern" texture. But yes, the interior is quite plain looking.
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Toshiba or Asus got to make CB Pixel equivalent with a Haswell processor
 
One of these manufacturer's takes a step outside of predictably and they'll have a solid hit. Better quality overall and screen, plus touch screen should do it, even if a bit more pricey. 
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Why can't we have an HP 11 with good internals? Why doesn't Toshiba just... I don't know, go to Google and ask them how to make eye-pleasing products?
 
That's strange.  The aforementioned article is dated "Jan 6, 2014"
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+Brent Sullivan they probably had it ready for 1/6 in their CMS system, but hit publish now by accident.
 
+Ian Ray Exactly.  Most of the information here has already been known and I have been expecting we have been expecting a 13" C720 clone all along.  I would be willing to bet the 11" version to be the same and run around $199 to compete with it's Acer competition.  The good thing about the date is it could be a hint about when we will have this info more "officially".  Never know, till then.  How often do we get to see an article from the future:  :)  I do wonder though, if any other manufacturer will make more than one variation of the same model like Acer has done.  I don't know if my brain or chart could handle that.
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Come on manufacturers. I'm compiling by hand with g++ just so that I can move to ChromeOS. Give me good news please.
 
+Vu Dinh Any new Chromebook release is good news, great news as matter of fact.  The HP 11 is back on the market is more good news.  Chromebooks make up the top two spots on best selling laptops at Amazon, more great news.  The best news of all is while the rest of the US freezes, here in Florida at 10pm, its 72 degrees outside.  Now, if you mean by "good news" that is there a new Pixel 2 in the works, nope no news like that. lol
 
This isn't the HP 14? The trackpad looks identical, it could be a beta model.
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+Jack Gibson This is the picture that was part of the PC Mag article on the Toshiba chromebook. Whether it's the final version or not is unclear, but it looks like what was shown at Intel IDF (what little that we could see). Bring up a picture of the HP 14 next to this pic and you'll see that they are not the same. HP has that scooped out area for the track pad and a nearly full width screen hinge.
 
+Ian Ray I am thinking from the way we see rumors of new boards being tested and the way so many released models have such similar hardware that Google actually OKs specific hardware for the ChromeOS devices - which includes the motherboard/processor/ram.
That's just a guess on my part but it would be a reasonable strategy for Google to try and maintain quality control within the product range. Perhaps in response to lessons learned about the wide variety of user experience that came from Android - where the hardware was/is a free-for-all.
That really makes it almost impossible to guarantee updates on a timely basis actually without a whole lot of extra work.
Google would either have to take that extra work upon itself or trust these partners to keep up the pace and not give the ChromeOS ecosystem a black-eye or worse - market confusion.
I'm actually fine with it if that is the case. I hope they start competing on screen quality and other features like back-lit keyboards, etc...
It's actually kind of comforting. I have read only one preliminary article on this Toshiba  device and I am completely confident about it's performance just based on other similar hardware. And I have zero worries about hardware irregularities delaying updates for the reasonable future.
Just curious to see about the screen and overall impression of build quality.
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