With plenty of affordable Chromebooks on the market right now from companies like Samsung and Acer, it's easy to overlook something like Toshiba's first Chromebook, which bumps up the display size to 13 inches and gives you solid performance while still maintaining a lower price.
You normally don't expect a lot of design pizzazz from a laptop costing less than $300, but TechRadar says that Toshiba's model "stands out among the largely drab" lineup of Chromebooks. The downside is the plastic construction that CNET says may "suffer from occasional creakiness." The use of plastic does make it very light though, and PC World says it's "very easy to tote."
The 13-inch display comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and while Laptop Magazine says it offers "crisp and colorful images," viewing angles are an issue and Computer Shopper finds them "fair." Performance-wise it's decent, with PC Advisor saying it "feels responsive ... with less pauses and checkboarding when opening image-heavy sites than on some other models." And it has the battery life to match, with GigaOm saying it "excels" in that department.
If you've been wanting a Chromebook with a bigger display, look no further than Toshiba's first effort. That sub-$300 price does mean a few trade-offs in build and display resolution, but if you just need a secondary laptop to browse the web you really can't go wrong here.