Dell Launching Chromebook 11 in January

On Wednesday, Dell introduced the Chromebook 11, the company's first entry into the Chromebook market. With this unit, Dell is shooting to bring an affordable and highly-portable solution to students, teachers and administrators. A model with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM will launch in January, followed by a model with 2 GB of RAM in the first half of 2014.

"Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process," said Neil Hand, vice president, Tablet and Performance PC Group, Dell. "The Dell Chromebook 11 will give schools and districts another tool to consider as they plan their digital content and curriculum strategies, and its competitive pricing will help open access to technology for more students around the country."

According to the specs, this Chromebook features an 11.6-inch, edge-to-edge glass screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. This screen is backed by a fourth generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR3 RAM as previously mentioned, integrated Intel HD Graphics, and a battery providing up to 10 hours on a single charge.

The upcoming Chromebook also features a 16 GB SSD promising a fast boot time of under 8.4 seconds, a front-facing 720p webcam, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI output. The Chromebook measures less than one inch in height, and starts at 2.9 pounds, making it highly portable. The device also comes with Dell Wyse PocketCloud pre-installed, allowing students and teachers to access, edit, save and share their digital assets.

"The Dell Chromebook 11 features exceptional manageability and security with an easy to use web-based console that enables centralized configuration and tracking," reads the company's press release. "The management console allows IT administrators and teachers to quickly push or remove applications and enforce safe browsing practices across all Chromebooks in a school's network or in a specific learning environment."

Dell is expecting to sell the Chromebook 11 below the $300 mark when it begins to ship next month.

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  • JD88
    Looks like an excellent product. That means just about every major manufacturer has released or has plans to release a Chromebook in the near future.
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  • overclockingrocks
    Chromebook is an amazing concept and I'm really considering buying one. However I wonder if they will go the way of the netbook ie be popular for a year or two and then everyone goes hey we can do this stuff on a tablet or hey I'm paying $250-300 for a tiny underpowered laptop when I could have a full sized laptop with more power for the same money. With that said would this stop me since I already own a powerful laptop and a desktop and a tablet? NOPE! I like innovative products and the Chromebook as a concept is no exception. For the masses though I can see this whole thing fizzled out by 2015
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    Anonymous said:
    Chromebook is an amazing concept and I'm really considering buying one. However I wonder if they will go the way of the netbook ie be popular for a year or two and then everyone goes hey we can do this stuff on a tablet or hey I'm paying $250-300 for a tiny underpowered laptop when I could have a full sized laptop with more power for the same money. With that said would this stop me since I already own a powerful laptop and a desktop and a tablet? NOPE! I like innovative products and the Chromebook as a concept is no exception. For the masses though I can see this whole thing fizzled out by 2015


    I would recommend buying one and using it as much as possible for a week or two. Then you'll know why Chromebooks are here to stay. Everyone is skeptical until they try it.

    You don't have to buy anything underpowered. The Acer C720 and HP 14 both run Haswell processors and SSDs which makes Chrome OS fly. Faster than any Windows PC in the price range. Hell, the Acer is $200 with those specs and gets 9 hour battery life.

    Fast, simple, easy to use, powerful, no virus, no malware, no bloatware, no annoying updates, no reboots, no popups, and no extra cost whatsoever. You're at the desktop in 8 seconds from a cold boot. Great for just about any kind of media consumption and it's also a very good productivity tool with a full size keyboard and access to Google Docs, Microsoft's Office web apps, Pixlr photo editor (80% of Photoshop for free) and many other cool and powerful cloud apps.

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