Dell Chromebook 11 (College Review)

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The Dell Chromebook 11 is one of Dell’s newer offerings for the college student market. Dell is hoping for it to serve as a cheap, reliable notebook for those who spend most of their time in the classroom. Based off of Dell’s latitude series, the Dell Chromebook 11 delivers solid construction and long battery life. Is it the right laptop for you though? Find out below in our college-exclusive Dell Chromebook 11 review!


Features:

  • Runs ChromeOS, the cloud-based operating system used on Chromebooks
  • Starts up in 8 seconds
  • Lightweight design
  • Passed MIL-STD 810G (strength-test) testing for pressure, temperature, shock and vibration
  • 3-color LED to accommodate software applications

Specs:

  • Screen Size: 11.6″
  • Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Processor: Intel Celeron-N2840 (2.16GHz)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 (upgradeable to 4GB)
  • Hard Drive: 16GB SSD
  • GPU: Intel Integrated Graphics
  • Wireless: 802.11AC Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Average Battery Life: Up to 10 Hours
  • Weight: 2.74 lbs

Specs Review: Although somewhat underwhelming, the 11.6″ display’s 1366 x 768 resolution is adequate for general classwork. The 2GB of RAM may seem low too, but the Dell Chromebook 11 has a way of handling most of what you throw at it. It will not be able to run today’s AAA games, but that isn’t expected from a Chromebook. When given basic tasks though, the laptop excels. Some may be hesitant on the 16GB of storage space on board being enough to get through college, but don’t worry – Google has you covered with 200GB of cloud space included for 2 years, perfect for classwork and documents. The SSD is simply a means of getting you started up quickly, allowing you to get that lightning fast boot up time of less than 8 seconds. In addition, you can expect to easily get through the day with the Dell Chromebook 11. Its 10 hours of expected battery life will give you reliability even when you find yourself away from a power outlet. At college, you can expect Wi-Fi to be found everywhere. The Dell Chromebook 11 has you covered in this department, allowing you to easily connect to both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands.  Another plus for the Dell Chromebook 11 is its design. While basic, the rugged chassis guarantees protection from drops, and spill protection will cover you from accidental coffee spills during late night studying. The Dell Chromebook 11 also includes a 3-color Led on the back of the screen. For most students, this is useless, as it is meant to be used by entire classes. Some may find use for it, but for the rest of us, it is neither a feature nor a flaw. Finally, the Dell Chromebook 11 is extremely light, clocking in at just 2.74lbs. Students will barely notice this featherweight in their backpacks, and will probably find that their books are heavier than the laptop itself!


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

First impressions of the Dell Chromebook 11 have been generally positive. The laptop is described as a bit of a safe play by Dell, as few risks were taken with it. Performance is acceptable for most, and the ruggedness is a huge plus, but reviewers are a bit disappointed that features such as the touchscreen are only optional.


Conclusion for College Students: The Dell Chromebook 11 is for those who don’t need to do much with a laptop. If you only need a laptop to take notes, make a few basic presentations, and write papers, the Dell Chromebook 11 should be on your radar. It’s the perfect laptop for a college commuter, giving access to all of your schoolwork without being a pain to lug around. It won’t ever blow you away with its specs or software, but you can depend on it when you need it. In addition, Dell is also planning on a Dell Chromebook 11 with a touchscreen. If for some reason you feel the need to have a touchscreen, you can pick one up this summer; but if not, you can pick this one up for less than $300.

If you’re looking for a Chromebook with more power, we’d suggest checking out the Acer Chromebook 13.

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