The power of Chrome OS is slowly getting recognized by more PC vendors, with Dell being the latest to deliver a new device running on Google’s browser-based operating system. Intended for the education market, the Dell Chromebook 11 is an inexpensive laptop that’s priced just under $300.
Like other Chromebooks from HP and Acer, the Dell Chromebook 11 comes with hardware specs that can be considered as either meager to some or decent enough for cloud computing. This 11.6-inch laptop comes equipped with an Intel Celeron 2955U and Intel HD Graphics, offers 10 hours of battery life, and has a 1366×768 display resolution.
Onboard storage is a 16GB SSD, with RAM available in either 2GB or 4GB configurations. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI output. The Dell Chromebook 11 is also relatively light at 2.9 pounds. Project collaboration and communication with friends are possible using the front-facing 720p web camera.
To help gain access to files and apps across devices, Dell will also be offering the PocketCloud app. Students and teachers can save and share their work, presentations, and media files through it.
Dell will start offering its Chromebook 11 (4GB of RAM) sometime in January 2014, with the other variant slated for a Q1 2014 release. US and UK users will be able to buy it through Dell’s online store. And though Dell is unlikely to abandon Windows altogether in the near future, it does plan to churn out more Chrome OS-powered laptops to cater both small- and medium-sized businesses.