Dell Chromebook 13 Review

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Dell Chromebook 13 Review

Chromebook’s have become increasingly popular of late and the new Chromebook 13 from Dell is no exception. This laptop is incredibly classy and can be considered a professional grade machine that is built with high quality materials and is both productive and portable. Until now no Chromebook met those demands with the exception of the Chromebook Pixel from Google, however its price is on the expensive side. Here is a review of Dell’s Chromebook 13.

Features

Dell’s 13-inch Chromebook has a set of features that make it more desirable than other Chromebooks. The case is constructed from carbon fibre and the body is built from aluminium. This doesn’t mean you should go out of your way to drop this laptop, but in the event that you do, it’s tough exterior will definitely hold up much better than your normal run-of-the-mill consumer laptops.

The base model comes with a 16GB SSD but it is possible to upgrade up to 32GB of storage. The display is a 13-inch Full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It provides a very good image and if touch is your cup of tea, you can upgrade. The Chromebook 13 is extremely slender which means you can tuck it under your arm or slip it into a backpack. It is also quite light weighing in at 3.23 pounds. If you decide to stump up for the touchscreen model, then you will get a heavier device that weighs 3.56 pounds.

Connectivity

On the left hand side of the laptop is the power, USB 3.0, HDMI, microSD and headphone ports and slots. Chromebooks depend on networking and Dell’s Chromebook 13 is well equipped for it. The notebook comes with an Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 7260 card, which features an 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. On the right hand side of the Chromebook 13, you will find a USB 2.0 port and a Noble lock slot.

Battery life

The Chromebook 13 does extremely well when it comes to battery life, when compared to similar products from other manufacturers. This is because Dell has chosen to use a less demanding processor than products made by other manufacturers. The processor combined with a large 6-cell 67WHr battery does better on benchmark tests than every other similar product out there on the market. It lasts a whopping 15 hours which outdoes the next best Chromebook by 50 per cent.

The verdict

Dell’s Chromebook 13 offers quality at an affordable price. It is extremely well built with an excellent configuration that delivers competent performance with an outstanding battery life. This is clearly not a laptop aimed at kids and instead Dell is targeting professionals and Chromebook fans. If you are in the market for just such a laptop, this is the best offering that is out there at the moment.

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