Dell is slowly entering into Google territory with its Chromebook 11 laptop and the Chromebox already available in the market. However, it wants to continue that expansion with the release of a larger version, aimed more at business users, with the Chromebook 13.
Just as its name suggests, it features a 13.3-inch IPS screen, which also has a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass NBT solution so that it can withstand scratches that could otherwise put a damper on the screen. The laptop also includes a 720p webcam, and boasts 12 hours of battery life. There are a few configurations available with the new device, including your choice of processors, GPU, storage and memory.
|Intel Celeron 3250U (1.5 GHz), Core i3-5005U (2.0 GHz), or Core i5-5300U (2.9 GHz)
|Intel Graphics GT1 (3250U), or GT2 (i3-5005U and i5-5300U)
|2 GB DDR3L, 4 GB DDR3L, or 8 GB DDR3L
|13.3-inch anti-glare (1920x1080) or 13.3-inch Touch (1920x1080) with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT coating
|16 GB M2.NGFF SSD or 32 GB M2.NGFF SSD
|Intel Dual-Band Wireless AC-7620 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless card
|1x USB 3.0 slot, 1x USB 2.0 slot, HDMI 1.4, microSD slot, stereo and microphone combo jack
|720p HD webcam, dual array microphones, and two stereo speakers (2W average, 3W peak)
The base model starts at $399 and will ship on September 17. Dell puts the workforce at the emphasis of its target audience, but the Chromebook works as a viable option in other scenarios such as in classrooms and for casual use at home.
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