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Dell goes back to school with Chromebook 11

Dell goes back to school with Chromebook 11 

Chromebooks are computers that run Chrome OS as their operating system. The devices are designed to be used while connected to the Internet, and support applications that reside on the Web as opposed to in the machine itself. While some see the laptops as cheaper and less substantial alternatives to traditional laptops, the Chromebooks have found a niche in educational markets because of their low cost (under $300) and lack of malware. With the new release, Dell joins the ranks of fellow Chromebookers HP, Acer, Samsung and Lenovo.

The new Dell Chromebook 11 is part of Dell’s end-to-end education strategy, in its recent move to diversify its service and expand into the educational market.  

“Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process,” said Neil Hand, vice president of Dell’s Tablet and Performance PC Group. “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.”

In terms of features, the Dell Chromebook 11 is similar to its Chromebook predecessors. It has an 11.6-inch screen and up to 10 hours of battery life, with a 4th Generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor and 16GB of internal storage. What the device lacks in storage or computing, it makes up for in usability.

Students can bring home their Chromebooks for a more personalized learning experience. As Dell has included its Wyse PocketCloud application, users can access content and apps across a personal cloud of devices. Meaning students and teachers can access, edit, save and share digital work like presentations, documents, photos and videos regardless of where the original documents are located. The PocketCloud works across mobile devices, tablets, PCs, laptops and Chromebooks.

“Dell is no stranger to designing and building great computers, particularly in education,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. “Adding Dell’s first Chromebook to our stable of devices built for the classroom is a big milestone, and Dell has been a great partner in this effort. The Dell Chromebook 11 with Google Apps for Education will bring exciting new possibilities for learning and collaboration inside and outside the classroom.”

As with any product designed for youth, the ability to ensure safe browsing is key. Dell’s management console allows IT admins and teachers to quickly push or remove applications and enforce safe browsing practices across all Chromebooks in the school’s network or a specific learning environment.

The Dell Chromebook 11 will be available in two models, one with 4GB of internal DDR3 RAM and the other with 2GB of RAM. The two models are meant to give schools the ability to choose a price point that makes widespread deployment affordable.

The 4GB version of Dell Chromebook 11 will be available in January 2014. The 2GB version will go to market sometime during Q1 of 2014. According to Dell, its Chromebook is expected to sell below $300 and will be available on Dell’s website in the United States and the UK.


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