Dell Announces The New Chromebook 13 – A Greatly Needed Mid-Range Chromebook

When you think of a Chromebook, the first thing you probably think of is a cheap laptop. That’s for good reason! Chromebooks are widely known for their affordability, but while the budget space continues to become more and more packed, one area we haven’t seen much in lately is the mid-range or high-end space. This would include Chromebooks powered by Intel i3 or i5 chips and more. So far, there’s only been a handful of these machines. Even fewer are those in the high end market. That market basically boils down to one machine, the Chromebook Pixel. However Dell has now entered both of these spaces with their new Dell Chromebook 13. With a metal and carbon fiber build and specs for all users, this Chromebook might be the new king of all Chromebooks.

The Chromebook 13 has an all black design with a carbon fiber and aluminum casing along with a magnesium alloy interior. It’s obviously from both the looks and the materials used that this was meant to be a high-end machine from day one. This machine also packs a 13.3″ IPS display with a 1080p resolution. There is a touch option available, but that costs an additional $49. On a side note, the Chromebook 13 also packs a backlit keyboard.

One of the main draws of the Dell Chromebook 13 is the premium build.

One of the main draws of the Dell Chromebook 13 is the premium build.

There are a few configurations of the Chromebook 13 available starting at $399. Each has a different set of internal specs. I’ve broken down the available options below.

$399 Model

  • Intel Celeron 3205U Processor – 1.5GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • 12 hour battery

$529 Model

  • Intel i3-5005U Processor – 2.0GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • 12 hour battery

$799 Model

  • Intel i5-5300U Processor – 2.9GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD
  • 12 hour battery

All of these configurations are very nice, but unfortunately one downside is that all models have RAM which is soldered to the motherboard.

Other specs across all models of the Chromebook 13 include a 720p webcam, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, microSD support, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Dell Chromebook 13 bridges the gap between a low end, budget Chromebook and the high end Pixel. While it may not compete on the same level as far as specs go at it’s base price, it does bring the premium build quality that many users greatly desire. This machine will be available direct from Dell starting September 17th in the US and Canada. It’s unknown at this time if other outlets will sell the machine.

Via: OMGChrome!
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