Dell has unveiled its own Chromebook, the Dell Chromebook 11, with an emphasis on education.
The 11-inch Chrome OS laptop packs an 11.6-inch edge-to-edge 1366×768 display, an Intel Celeron processor, a front-facing 720p webcam, a solid-state hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, up to 10 hours of battery life, and a choice of either 2GB or 4GB of memory. It measures less than one inch in height and starts at 2.9lbs.
The Dell Chromebook 11 (not to be confused with the HP Chromebook 11) is packed with features that should make it an attractive option for educators looking to implement laptops in the classroom, including cloud services, remote management of applications and content across a whole family of devices, and added security measures.
Dell’s Chromebook has "an optimal combination of platforms, education content and secure IT efficiency" that make it ideal for use in schools, the company said in an announcement.
‘Enriching the learning process’
"Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process," said Dell’s VP of the Tablet and Performance PC Group Neil Hand.
The Dell Chromebook 11 features a web-based console that will allow teachers and education administrators to easily track students’ activity, enforce safe browsing, and push apps to or remove them from students’ devices.
The Chromebook 11 will also rely less on Google’s cloud services than past Chromebooks, with support for Dell’s Wyse PocketCloud service, which lets users manage their files across devices.
Dell says its education products and services are now implemented in over 400,000 classrooms globally in grades ranging from kindergarten up through higher education institutions.
Google and Dell, sitting in a tree
The Chromebook 11 "marries Google Apps for Education with Dell resources, services and support," the announcement said.
"Dell is no stranger to designing and building great computers, particularly in education," Google Vice President of Product Management Caesar Sengupta said.
"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."
The 4GB Dell Chromebook 11 launches in January 2014 in the US and UK, and the 2GB model arrives sometime later in the first quarter of next year. The new Chromebook is expected to retail under $300 (about £183, AU$330).
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