Dell shows off its first Chromebook, sales start next month for below $300

Google’s been pushing its Chrome OS into the market by partnering with many new OEMs to deliver the web-centric platform at affordable costs. We’ve recently seen Acer and HP introduce new additions in this category and now, even Dell is onboard with the Chromebook 11 that’s aimed towards the education sector.

For a secure experience, Dell has designed the Chromebook 11 with a management console where IT administrators or teachers can conveniently add and remove applications and ensure that safe browsing practices are being followed on a school’s network. Additionally, the laptop comes with various other features such as sandboxing, verified boot, data encryption and more. Dell has also included its Wyse PocketCloud application where documents and other digital media can be edited and shared with others.

Dell Chromebook 11

As the name indicates, the Dell Chromebook 11 has an 11-inch display (11.6-inch actually) which proffers 1366 x 768p resolution and an edge-to-edge glass screen. Accompanying it is a 720p HD webcam. To power up the Chrome OS, Dell has included an Intel Celeron 2955U dual core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and HD Graphics. According to the company, the laptop can boot from cold in under 8.4 seconds.

Where memory is concerned, Dell is offering the Chromebook 11 in two configurations, one having 4GB of DDR3 RAM and other 2GB. Both models, however, will only carry 16GB of SSD storage. The laptop is backed by various connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and USB 3.0. The notebook measures under an inch in thickness and it weighs a minimum of 2.9 pounds.

No definitive price has been given for the Chromebook 11 apart from it being planned for sale at below $300. Dell notes that the 4GB model will be available next month, while the 2GB variant will go on sale sometime during Q1 of 2014.