Chromebook. Does the term ring a bell in your ears? If not, let me give a brief intro.
The Chromebook is a line of laptops released in to the commercial market by various manufacturers that run on Chrome operating system. The Chrome OS is owned by Google. This OS mainly focusses on cloud technology. Meaning most of the apps, data etc are mainly reside on the servers and most of everything from the start to finish comes from these servers.
To be able to utilise this futuristic approach, one has to be always be connected to the internet. This is one of the downside of the Chrome OS. A thing worth mentioning is that one can easily spot a Chromebook by just looking at the keyboard. If the keyboard has the alphabets all in lowercase, then the laptop is running on Chrome OS.
One thing that is catchy with respect to the Chromebooks is that they are priced very low.
Previously, manufacturers like Acer and Toshiba have given a try at Chromebooks and now its the global giant Dell’s turn. Dell has now started dwell with Chromebooks by unveiling the Dell Chromebook 13.
What is the new Chromebook loaded with?
The look on the outer side of the Dell Chromebook 13 is nothing out of the ordinary and looks like any generic, contemporary laptops. The design is unfashionable. The keys are simple. No shiny edges, no cool body but just a laptop that does the work on Cloud servers.
The Chromebook sports a 13 inch display with a carbon fiber cover.The wrist rest and other outer body covers are made up of Aluminium and Magnesium alloys. Hence giving it a high end feel. Also that is the point, the Dell Chromebook 13 is not targeted to the general consumers. The Chromebook is mainly targeted for large enterprises and IT sector, where the users largely use these systems to monitor and administrate large networks and databases.
The stock software from Dell like Virtual Private Network management etc are still available.
The 13.3 inches display supports a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. The display is available in touch and non touch variants. The keyboard is backlit, making the usage easier in dimly lit rooms.
The Dell Chromebook 13 is not just one model, or two. It is a bevy of notebooks. Considering the Touch and non touch variants, following options are available.
Processor– One can choose from a wide range of hardware variations. The processor can be chosen starting from the age old Intel Celeron and the currently trending ones like the Core i3 and Core i5.
RAM- RAM too can be chosen starting from 2 GB to 8 GB.
ROM(Hard Disk)- Chromebooks as they mainly function over the cloud, they don’t come with large internal storage space like the usual Windows based laptops. The hard disk storages range from 16 GB to 32 GB only. However this is not much of a problem as the laptop is supposed to play your HD movies and other data over the internet and not from the offline storages.
The new Chromebook is scheduled to be released on September 17th this year in the US and on October 1st in the UK. However there are no announcements about their release in India and Australia.
The Dell Chromebook 13 starts at $399 for the lower end version and will surely reach to up to $899 for the top end version in the US. Pricing details for the UK are not yet released.