Toshiba releases $280 13-inch Intel-powered Chromebook

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Despite Windows 8’s shortcomings, Windows operating systems have a firm grip on desktop operating system marketshare. However, that’s not stopping Google, and the companies that choose to partner with it, from going in a different direction by putting out desktops and laptops running Chrome OS.

That includes Toshiba, which launched its own Chromebook today.

Dubbed the CB35-A3120, Toshiba’s Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 LED display, 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD. Wireless connectivity comes in the form of 802.11n support, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. Those of you unfamiliar with the Chromebook might be taken aback by the paltry amount of storage offered, but this is partially alleviated by the fact that the Toshiba Chromebook ships with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage, which is good for two years.

With a listed weight that starts at 3.3 pounds, the Toshiba Chromebook also include a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out, along with a memory card reader. Toshiba’s Chromebook ships in one color only: Sunray Silver.

Curiously, the Toshiba Chromebook was supposed to be available starting on February 16. However, for unknown reasons, Toshiba decided to make it available to the public 11 days early.

Though Toshiba sells the CB35-A3120 Chromebook directly from its site for $300, Amazon, Adorama and Microcenter offer it for $280; a savings of $20.

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