Anyone attempting to buy the notebook from the computing giant’s website in the US will find it gone; temporarily unavailable. The landing page now reads:
“Sorry, but this item is no longer available for purchase online. Please contact your sales representative for details on how to order.”
According to one of Dell’s sales representatives the limitation is down to “strong demand”. That’s not so surprising given how well received the device has been during its seven months on general sale.
But while individuals will find it a bit harder to find, the device hasn’t been axed. Education customers can continue to order the Dell Chromebook 11 through their locals sales contacts, while consumer facing third party and accredited resellers are likely to still have stock remaining.
The decision to prioritise sales to education and business makes sense for Dell. It’s the area where Chromebooks are growing fast, and being able to fulfil those orders stands them in better stead going forward.
With a rumoured Intel Core i3 model on the horizon it shouldn’t be too long before Dell is once again selling directly to individuals again.
Alternatives are available
In the meantime compelling offerings can be found from Acer and ASUS (among other vendors) that offer similar hardware specifications and, in some cases, lower prices, than the Dell.
UK consumers are not affected and can continue to order the device from the Dell Euro website.