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Dell Chromebook 13 — The Mid-Range Chromebook of Your Dreams?

A business Chromebook that rivals the Pixel — times are a-changin'

The New Dell Chromebook 13 Is A Compelling Notebook

The New Dell Chromebook 13 Is A Compelling Notebook

Dell has unveiled its latest Chromebook, one aimed at business users. But with a dream specification sheet it’s almost certain to appeal to regular consumers too. 

This 13.3-inch Chromebook features a full HD IPS display, fifth-gen Intel processors and a swathe of nifty extras, including a backlit keyboard. Dell designed it with the needs of businesses in mind.

Leveraging expertise from both the software and hardware sides of the company, Dell say their aim was to create the world’s first premium, professional-grade Chromebook. It was designed and constructed ‘to meet the needs of the mobile workforce’.

But in making a device that businesses want to Dell has also crafted a near-perfect, no-compromise Chromebook for everyone. 

This is the mid-range Chromebook you have been dreaming of.

Dell Chromebook 13 Specs

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Display

The Dell Chromebook 13 features a 13.3-inch IPS display that pushes a full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.

A touch panel option protected by industry standard Gorilla Glass is also available but does increase the overall weight of the device.

Build and Quality

The Dell Chromebook 13 is built using premium parts.

Taking cues from the Alienware line of gaming laptops, Dell has gifted the Chromebook 13 with some high-grade touches. The lid cover is made from a carbon fibre weave, the main base is aluminium, and the palm rest around the glass trackpad is made from a magnesium alloy.

Features that may sound ‘the norm’ on other laptops, but are rare to find in a Chromebook.

Processor, RAM & Storage

The Dell Chromebook 13 is available in several configurations, all based around 5th generation Intel ‘Broadwell’ processors.

Starting at $399, the lowest priced model offers buyers:

  • Intel Celeron 3205U (dual-core, 1.5GHz)
  • 16GB solid-state storage (not eMMC flash)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics GT1
  • 12 hour battery

The $529 model packs a faster processor and twice the memory:

  • Intel i3-5005U (2.0GHz)
  • 16GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics GT2
  • 12 hour battery

The $799 version ups the performance considerably and maxes out the RAM:

  • Intel i5-5300U (2.9GHz)
  • 32GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics GT2
  • 12 hour battery

In a press call Dell also mention that the all version can be configured although the RAM is soldered on to the motherboard.

Other Features

The 720p front-facing webcam and dual-array microphones lend the device perfect mobile conferencing capabilities.

Ports include:

  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • HDMI out
  • MicroSD card slot
  • dual-antennae 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE

At just half an inch thick at its thinnest end, and weighing only slightly over 3 pounds, the device has portability in mind — important for workers and sofa-surfers alike!

Business Minded

The simplistic nature of Chrome OS appeals to regular Joes’ and educators alike. But business sometimes have complex requirements, from management and deployment strategies to the odd bit of legacy, Windows-only software to run.

Dell has been able to expand the software capabilities of Chrome OS by using its own internal resources, covering everything from virtualization solutions running Dell Wyse vWorkspace (accessible though Dell’s vWorkspace Conenctor app), works with the Dell KACE management console and adds in support for a robust VPN solution in Dell SonicWALL Mobile Connect. 

Available September

In a world of $169 Chromebooks that are every bit as capable as Dell’s new offering (albeit not as fast or as flash) it may sound weird to welcome a true mid-range Chromebook.

But it fills a gap: businesses need devices that don’t just do what they need, but are able to withstand doing it.

To do in the office what it’s done in the classroom, Google needs its hardware partners to be making devices like this.

With 12 hours of battery life, a screen people will want to look at and extras like a backlit keyboard, the Dell Chromebook 13 rockets to the top of the recommendation tree for anyone needing something “more” than the currently available Chrome devices but without spending big on a Pixel.

And better yet you will be able to buy it, not just businesses.

The Dell Chromebook 13 will be available starting September 17 in the US and Canada sold through the Dell.com website. Product link can be found here. 

  • Boothy

    Looks good, and glad to see some decent mid range options rolling out.
    Defo looking like the favorite for my next CB anyway!

  • Hamzah Malik

    Small error. It uses a 5th gen Broadwell processor not Braswell

  • Mark Rich

    Can’t see the hires version on the website but very eager to get one of these.

  • Hamzah Malik

    I think I’m gonna wait for a refresh for this next year because my C720 is still going strong. Its basically perfect though. I just wish had some more USB ports and a USB Type-C charger. Must stay strong until next year.

    • Marc

      Because your life is on hold until Type C chargers become the norm? Lol, get real.

      • selonmoi

        He already has a great Chromebook that works fine. What about his post made you think his life is on hold?

        • Marc

          You can’t “wish” it had a technology that’s barely even a standard yet…. In that case, I wish it had wireless charging too….

          • BleachedSleet

            Wireless charging can’t be compared to the next USB standard. There’s currently two standards in wireless charging and it’s only been tested on products larger than a phone in lab-style scenarios so waiting on that is, yes, wishful thinking. But USB-C is coming. It’s standard, it’s replacing the current USB ports, and it’s probably going to be common on new devices within a year from now. Wanting USB-C isn’t wishful thinking, it’s just future proofing your investment…kind of like wanting wireless AC was a year ago…

      • Morten Ulv

        I (on the other hand) have pledged to not buy a device without USB type C. Because I’m a nerd. Seems I will break my pledge though. This computer looks too sweet.

  • I’m in, and will buy one. I love my chrome book and can’t wait for this one.

  • Still no USB Type-C. ='(

    • As this is a business focused device, I’m not too surprised. It would’ve been a nice bit of future proofing, but not a deal breaker for most.

      • Sure. Not a deal breaker for most. But since it is not future-proof, and I’m like a USB Type-C fanboy (if that is possible, lol), it is a deal-breaker for me. XD
        But I can wait for the next gen, with intel 6º gen. o/

        • BleachedSleet

          I concur, but at this price point, it’s still a pretty disposable computer so you could get it and upgrade easily when USB-C is an option. I’ve also found Chromebooks seem to hold their resale value surprisingly well. I bought and sold three last year, upgrading each time, and I lost only about $50 between all three.

    • For such a “premium” device—I’m surprised it doesn’t have it. My guess is the laptop was in development for a while before USB C was out in market. Here’s hoping the next generation will have it now that USB C is finally a thing the mind of consumers.

      • Indeed.

      • On the flip side of that, I have USB C on my Pixel LS 2015 and only use it to charge. At the moment there are not enough USB C type devices released in the wild for it to really make a noticeable different. Yes its super cool for charging but I don’t feel like my life would be incomplete without it. Not having it in a mid-range notebook is acceptable at this moment in time and probably will continue to be acceptable for another year and a half, if not two years.

        • ChromeDude

          But if no manufacturers are putting Type C on their devices, there’s no incentive for other companies to make accessories that are compatible. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. I totally agree though.

          • That’s what I’m seeing. If all future devices start using it—then there’s no reason why it won’t be great even for just charging. I’d love to only have to bring one charger for all my portable electronics when out and about.

        • Morten Ulv

          Well, it is still a brand new standard. Not even any phones has it yet. The first will probably be the new Nexus. I’m guessing harddrives and other accessories will be plentiful next year.

        • That’s the point. While I wish I could charge everything wirelessly with Qi—I’d like to have everything on the new standard. Micro USB is great, but it’s only on small electronics. C can be used on all my devices; from my laptop, to phone, to headphones, to the charging stand for a smartwatch.

          Having it in a mid-range laptop is what is needed to make it widely accepted. If everything doesn’t use it—of course it won’t catch on if people can’t even use it. But people need the option first.

    • Gurney

      Ah yes. The i’ll stick to the pixel.

  • A BACKLIT KEYBOARD! HALLELUJAH!!!!?

  • Can you publish where you got your pricing data? You’re the only blog/site that mentions the $549 and $799 configurations.

    • The $549 should’ve read $529.

      *Quietly flushes cache*

      Prices above were from the Dell product manager I spoke to. I don’t remember seeing prices in the press materials we were sent over though so I’m relying on my notes!

      • I guess that means it will be £529 here in the UK right? *sigh*

  • Droid6

    I’d there a way I can side load Excel?

    • chewbie

      no reason to sideload it. upload the file to your onedrive and you can edit it there. It’s just like the desktop app (minus some minor features)

    • powermatt

      If you mean the Android version of Excel, it’ll work like it does on any Chromebook: through ARC.

    • liamdools

      Hopefully someone will manage to get Windows up and running on it. With a price like this it would make a perfect Windows 10 laptop, except for the SSD which is abysmal even by Chrome OS standards.

      • BleachedSleet

        You could just buy something like an HP Stream. Same concept, just running Windows.

        • powermatt

          Exactly. I will never get the people that buy Chromebooks to install Windows on them. It’s not like there aren’t similar options in the Windows world. Maybe not so much when compared to these Dells, but that will likely change.

        • liamdools

          Yeah but no better processor options or build quality.

          • BleachedSleet

            True, though versions of Windows 8 and up tend to do a lot better on less specs than their older cousins did. Can’t argue with the build quality though. I had the HP Chromebook 14 the Stream is based off of and it looked alright closed, but the material used for the majority of the chassis was just awful.

      • Zheng Xuan Ho

        Impossible, the size of a Windows 10 OS alone is already larger than 16GB.

        • liamdools

          Actually it’s around 8GB.

          • Rok Kralj

            For 64 bit, the minimum requirement is 20GB.

          • liamdools

            Recommended, I believe. I think it’s in reality 11GB big. Still pretty big, but not AS big.

          • liamdools

            Well then it would have been impossible for people to get it up and running on 13GB Chromebooks with 2GB of extra space.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    16GB SSD? No, thanks. Give me a 120GB HDD, then we’ll talk. 800$ for 32GB upgrade? That’s apple level of bullshit pricing

    • powermatt

      That wooshing sound is the point of a Chromebook being completely missed.

      • liamdools

        Not everyone has constant access to the internet. There are some things you would want offline and can’t fit on a 16GB SSD. Also, a bigger SSD could easily be fit in for the same price, as can be seen from Windows laptops of the same price that should already more expensive to make because of their Windows licenses, yet they all have at least 128GB SSDs with the exact same specs. It’s really just ripping us off to get more people to use an unstable, security hole-ridden online Cloud service.

        • powermatt

          So use external storage. Or reconsider whether a Chromebook is the right choice for you needs. Larger SSDs add expense, even if it isn’t much, and large local storage is not a design priority on Chromebooks. Don’t forget that when you’re considering price, these laptops have 13.3″ 1080p displays. That’s still a unicorn in the Windows world in anything less than $800.

        • You can work on G app files and mail offline. Your claims about Cloud computing, especially Google Cloud services are horribly wrong.

          • Jeremy

            But if I am running out of storage I can’t pin my files for offline use.

        • BleachedSleet

          Ugh, I’m tired of the “not everyone has the internet” argument. If that’s the case, Chromebooks aren’t for you. Moot point. Done deal. Go home and buy something else. On the other hand, I can’t remember the last time I haven’t had access to the internet and felt the need to use a computer. There is literally nothing you can do on a normal offline computer that you can’t do on an offline Chromebook: Edit files, compose emails, listen to music, watch movies, edit photos…it’s all there.

          • “If that’s the case, Chromebooks aren’t for you.” — I think that’s a really good point so easily overlooked.

            Chromebooks are cloud-centric computing devices first and foremost. Buying any device, from a TV to a laptop, should always be meet your needs. If you don’t have good internet access then a traditional laptop is what you should be looking at.

            It’s a bit like the netbook era when people would buy a Linux netbook and complain they couldn’t run Windows apps on it; know what it is you’re buying before you buy it…

        • aaphid

          CB storage isn’t an issue at all for most of us. But if it is for you do as JE says, throw an SD card in it and move on.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Scamming people for laughably low Storage capacity?

        • powermatt

          Chromebooks aren’t for you, that’s fine. No one’s forcing you to buy one.

          Also, please show me where you can this kind of build quality in the Windows world for under $500. I’ll wait.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            “No one is forcing you to buy one”
            Oh well I already own one, so obviously I’m not going to buy another

          • calden74

            Than just replace the SSD, I don’t get your point. The Chromebook is a cloud orientated computer. Local storage is just there for temp files, hence the only local folder visible is downloads. I’m pretty sure after reading your comments not only don’t you have a Chromebook but your completely ignorant of the topic. Why don’t you go back to your Apple forums and leave us alone. You are not going to change the mind of a single person here, basically your just a mosquito that you hear at night while in bed but can’t find to swat.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            “just replace the SSD”
            Not every Chromebook allows

    • I actually prefer 32 GB of SSD instead of 1 TB of HDD. .-.

    • Think you are missing the point of the Chrome book.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        No, I am not. The point is to have a good laptop for a low price. Having a bigger storage in form of an HDD over an SSD for the same price would only benefit the consumers. And don’t start talking about “but it loads 1,68475 seconds faster!”, that argument is bull

        • Uh, like I said, your harping about internal storage shows you don’t understand the Chromebook. The entire premise is based on cloud storage. Your comparing traditional laptops to it is like comparing apples and oranges. Both fruit, but different tastes.

          I use my CB everyday for dev work and other tasks using both personal cloud storage and Google Drive adding up to unlimited storage on Google Drive and 2TB of personal cloud storage. And I have a complete dev stack environment that takes up around 20GB. In short, plenty of computing power.

          You obviously don’t get this, so your choice is to go with a traditional laptop. Nothing wrong with that either.

    • I have a 64GB Pixel LS 2015 and use it daily to do development work on. Even with Crouton chroots for work and personal, each with their own copies of all my development tools and stuff I’m coding, I still have 39GB of unused space on my SSD. What in the world are you installing?

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Only Ubuntu with several Linux apps. Boom, 12 out of 32 GB left

        • powermatt

          You’ve still got free space. I don’t see the issue.

          Also, you’re using your Chrome device for something 90% of consumers never will. On that logic, everyone should complain about the HP Stream 11 because it doesn’t come with enough room to dual-boot Ubuntu.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            You can’t really bash the Stream 11 since it’s essentially a Windows equipped tablet with a hardware keyboard

          • powermatt

            So what you’re saying is the Stream 11 is even less capable than a Chromebook? I’m not sure that’s the argument you want to go for…

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Uh, don’t know where you got that from, but no, that’s not what I am trying to say

          • powermatt

            Look, it’s obvious you have an agenda here, and logic has no part in it. I’m not going to try to argue with that. Buy whatever suits your fancy. Personally, I’ll be getting myself one of the Core i3 models not long after they come out.

          • Hehe the HP Stream 11 doesn’t even have enough space for Windows, let alone anything else! :D

        • I would recommend maybe picking up an external drive. It would come in handy if you ever had to power wash. You should even be able to keep your chroots on an external hard-drive if I remember correctly.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            But that’s via Chrubuntu, not Crouton, right?

    • Christopher Knapp

      I can’t tell if you are trolling, don’t understand what a Chromebook is, or just not able to grasp why it’s $799 given the components and build …

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        It’s not worth 800$. For that price I’d rather get a MacBook. Chromebooks are worth 400-500$ TOPS, not the 1200$ that Google asks for the Pixel 2015

  • chewbie

    Go fanless or go home!

  • powermatt

    Seems to be a typo in the specs of the base model. There is no Celeron 3250U… I’m guessing that’s supposed to be the 3205U.

  • moe

    i think for a chromebook it’s overpriced, the design and specs in some areas are good but for ram and harddrive your over charging by a lot. Just upgrade the processor to the Toshiba chromebook and it would be perfect.

    • John Hixson

      I couldn’t have said it better!

    • Christopher Knapp

      You can’t just look at specifications and call it a day. The overall build on this machine is likely better than any current Chromebook, aside from the Pixel. The display looks gorgeous, and with options to go up to an i5 and 8GB … the Toshiba Chromebook uses a now dated processor, and in Canada, is just as overpriced. I can’t find the Toshiba Chromebook 2 for less than $450 shipped to me.

      I’d take this aluminum Dell, with FHD display, backlit keyboard, and better processor for the same price any day of the week!

  • Mi Pen

    I prefer the Asus Flip to this. A convertible laptop with touch screen, just seems like it has more options. Perfect for stock taking as well as sitting down small office accounts.

    The IPS screen option is a plus though on this other PC. But this seems limited.

    • toddh

      It sounds like the flip could be a good option for you. The poor battery life and glossy screen on the c710 bugged me, and I recently upgraded to the inexpensive Acer cb3-111. It is a little quicker, with about 3x the battery life and a matte screen. But if you want a touch screen, it sounds like the flip could be a quality choice.

      • Mi Pen

        Yeah the screen, battery life and weight of my c710 is definitely a pain. Battery life on the old c710 is very poor compared to the new lighter Chromebooks. Upside is it still runs fast and is stable, but definitely gonna go lightweight, convertible touchscreen and long battery next time.

    • Jeremy

      Just FYI, The Asus Flip is an IPS screen as well.

  • Andrew Emerson

    What about the speakers? For that damn price they better shoot out of the keyboard like all of the other premium laptops.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    I got all excited about the headlines for this, but by the time you get up to specs worth being excited over you’re right up there in “at this point, might as well get a Pixel” territory.

    • Morten Ulv

      Well the 529USD version is half the price. And the Pixel is with english keyboard only, so it’s not really a good option for the rest of the world.

      • The Dell Chromebook 13 is currently planned for US and Canada only => english keyboard layout

        At least the top configuration is too expensive for not picking the Pixel over this.

        • For your last point I’d say: for consumers, sure. For businesses there’s a whole heap of added extras on the software side and on the Dell support side (4 year warranty, no less) that doesn’t need to be “bought in” for a Pixel deployment.

        • Morten Ulv

          It’s releasing in Europe two weeks later according to norwegian sites.

      • Nicholas Conrad

        $520 may be half the price of a Pixel, but still almost twice the price of other good Chromebooks in that spec range. Maybe a good value for some, I’m just pointing out this isn’t ‘mid-raged’ or ‘affordability priced’. This is right up there in ‘premium’ territory just barely under the Pixel price/value at each configuration level.

        • Morten Ulv

          You’re probably right about that. Exactly what I’ve been waiting for though. A well built machiene, with the right specs, that doesnt cost as much as the Pixel. I do wish the i5 cost a hundred less though. However, I think it’s likely I’ll buy the i5 anyway. It’s not like the Pixel LS is good value either. ;)

  • Rich

    Wow, finally they release premium chromebooks, aside from the Pixel. Feels like they suddenly just took most of what everyone wanted and stuffed it into these. I think the $400-$500 range is great. The $800 one is tempting but makes me question whether the increase of processor, ram, and storage should make the addition ~$250 worth it. And if a Pixel would just be a better option. But I enjoy having much more variety for chromebooks. Hopefully other companies release very similar options.

    Anyway, the construction of the chromebook sounds amazing. I’d probably get one of these when they release if other companies don’t release something similar.

  • Wow, nice! Here’s hoping there will be an 11″ version, too.

    • Agreed. This machine would be at the top of my list if it were available in an 11″ (or even 10″) form factor.

      • Gurney

        Agreed too. 11 it is for me. Or i’ll go for the pixel (same width as c720p)

  • Manny B

    Thinking of pulling the trigger on the Acer chromebook 15 Core i5 (I prefer 15 inch screen since it will stay at home) But seeing this made me think twice. But I wouldn’t spend that much money($800+) for this Core i5 Dell chromebook, so comparing this new Dell $529 model Intel i3-5005U (2.0GHz)16GB SSD 4GB RAM Intel HD Graphics GT212 hour battery. To the Acer chromebook 15 Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2 GHz (3 MB Cache) 4 GB RAM 32 GB Solid-State Drive, Intel HD Graphics 5500 9-hour battery life. Which chromebook do you guys think is a better overall machine?

    • Ooh, that’s a tough one.

      I think, if screen size if your primary “want”, the Acer would seal it (assuming it’s the FHD IPS model).

      Performance wise the i5 will, naturally, outperform the i3 but, this is Chrome OS, so the gains will be way more slight than jumping from a Celeron to an i3. (i3 on any device will rocket along like a champ.)

      Both are decent machines, though. For me, on paper, everything about the Dell is, arguably, better. The screen, the keyboard, the battery life, the touchpad. The Dell’s SSD is, afaik, removable, too. You should be able to, in theory, upgrade it manually (we’ll need to wait for teardowns to see how easy a job that is. Given the premium construction it could be a task and a half).

      It’s also worth mentioning, maybe not for your needs but for others, the Celeron version of this device is available with 4GB RAM too, but costs about $49 more.

    • Tevya Washburn

      I’m with @d0od:disqus. I think build-quality and portability put the Dell over the top for me. But if you want the larger screen, sounds like the Acer is your winner.

  • wilfried peeters

    Nice, but to expensive for a Chromebook. Even the lowest price model ! I am pretty sure that you can’t sell this in Europe. People are still sceptical about the average Chromebook, so why pay maybe around 500 Euro for a Chromebook if they have doubts about a 300 Euro model. I know they are wrong, i testify :)

    • Fair points, but this Chromebook isn’t really aimed at people ‘sceptical’ about Chromebooks.

      This model is aimed at businesses who are telling Dell they want a Chrome OS solution on a device of better quality, specs than the cheap models currently available, and at consumers who want a better spec’d, premium Chromebook.

      I.e. it’s not a budget entry device trying to scoop up marketshare like the $169 ASUS is, etc.

      • mjmoon29

        The true take away from this development is the idea that manufacturers are starting to release entire lines of product with ChromeOS, not just what has been referred to as “the race to the bottom”. I hope Dell sees this as an opportunity and does the same with their Ubuntu devices or better still a line of no OS devices so users (especially businesses and enthusiasts) can go whatever direction they want.

        • fredgrip

          well said. google need Chromebook in all range not just the rock bottom ones.
          although i wish it started with 32gb model at that price

      • Wolfie

        I’m in agreement. I love the fact that Chrome OS doesn’t ‘need’ super specs to run. Chrome OS runs relatively the same across any build (which is good IMHO). Then, for business or whatever drives you, you pick which hardware configuration would better suit your needs. I remember reading about Google’s Pixel when it first came out where google stated that they didn’t create the Pixel to compete with apple, or anything complicated reason. They simple stated “we did it because we could. Why not?” I thought that was brilliant!

        You don’t NEED super beefed up hardware but it’s nice to know that we have the option to pick whatever standard/config that tickles our fancy, and nicer still that we’re starting to see more premium hardware configurations being released today making more options available on each end of the spectrum and anywhere in between.

        My main CB currently is the Asus C100. I love how at a $259 price point you get 4GB of ram, aluminum body, and a pretty nice display for what it is and all with a tablet mode. I’ll probably jump up to a full HD IPS display for when I CAD/Code/whatever via platform as a service. Not that I can’t do that now with my C100 – but just one of those wants/needs I said earlier. IF I want something with a better display resolution; I have the option to get one. It won’t break the bank either (unless it’s the Pixel).

        …I really want a Pixel. =3

    • Christopher Knapp

      Not everyone requires the same thing out of Chromebook. I’ll be honest, before I owned my first one, I was thinking to myself “How on earth can this $250 computer serve my needs” … I bought it more as an experiment. I’ll likely never go back to a “real” computer, because I have no need.

      All that being said, I want something more premium than my Acer or Toshiba Chromebooks, I want nice materials, a gorgeous display, and a backlit keyboard (I type in bed a lot at night).

      $399 for a computer I use the exact same amount I used my 13″ Retina Macbook, which I paid $1500 for, doesn’t seem so bad afterall …

      • Wolfie

        Agree with Christopher on this one.

        We’ve migrated from Windows to Chrome OS at home and at my business and we couldn’t be happier. One thing that I really like about Chrome OS is that the experience is relatively the same across any hardware build. Just like Christopher said, it just depends on what you want/need.

        We first started on the Acer C720P Chromebooks. It was an awesome experience. We’ve sense implemented Chromebox’s and Chromebases for the company with one Chromebox at home. I’d love to get a Pixel down the line for a more premium feel, but Chrome OS doesn’t require that type of hardware for an enjoyable experience.

        Now once you start getting into using your Chrome product as a front end display/interface to feed I/O to another platform (Platform as a Service for example) then you may need to be a little more picky on display and hardware.

        Edit: mainly display; cloud computing requires very little horse power from the front end client. =3

        Just my 2 cents.

        • calden74

          Agreed, I have also completely migrated over to a Chromebook for my personal computing. I currently have a Pixel v2, I7, 16GB, 64GB, 200GB SD Card. Couldn’t be happier about my purchase. I also just got the Asus Flip to replace my Asus SL100 tablet.

  • Merags

    I was so excited, *was* because I then realized $799 is probably USD and that’s currently $1044 CAD

  • Vin

    Great, now just give me a 17″ screen.

    • ladyofperpetulmotion .

      I have both of the HP Chromebooks, both have a 14 in screen and I’m happy with the both of them. The one that comes with T-Mobile’s free 4Gs for life has a six hour battery life.

      • Vin

        I do love my HP 14 though. Not thrilled about Chrome because of privacy issues. Also, I got a new laptop bag when I got my HP 14 a year ago and the bag soiled the plastic cover of my Chromebook… I can’t seem to clean it either. It’s like I dropped it in a barbeque pit ashes that won’t wash off.

        • ladyofperpetulmotion .

          It so happens that I just spilled soda on the keyboard and now there’s nothing happening! I have it bent in half, upside down hoping it will “dripdry”! It’s still under warranty but I don’t know if ” wet” damage is covered. I’m about to find out.

        • ladyofperpetulmotion .

          Ok. On the issue of “privacy” and Chrome can you be more specific? Something just happened to me on my Android which is synced with my Chromebook and I got a warning and I’m not sure of the source yet I can tell you this much: I was on Facebook Messenger when I got a “popup”, and I realize this sounds stupid but could this be from my Chrome browser or from Messenger itself?

          • Vin

            The ability to totally suppress:
            1. Omnibox predictions. I know about all the settings involved, but I want to suppress the predictions altogether.
            2. Recent and Offline files in MyFiles. I’ve learned that I have to turn off various switches and then do a Powerwash.
            Why can’t I just suppress these things?
            Chromebooks are wonderful for ease-of-use. However, they are terrible in any type of sharing environment (like teaching someone) in which two sets of eyes are watching a Chromebook screen being used. Furthermore, “browsing as guest” and any other BS solution doesn’t solve the basic problem: Lack of the ability to suppress the automatic display of information that you didn’t ask nor want to see.
            As a case in point: I am looking up websites and downloading files related to cancer research – research into cancer that I MAY have. Now, I haven’t told any family members and have no desire to. My wife hasn’t seen my Chromebook yet, but she will want to. If I show her and use Browse as Guest or some other profile, she will ask why I am not using my profile and get suspicious. If I use my profile, all the stuff I have been searching for or downloading she will see in Omnibox or My Files and that will be equally bad because I have just been forced to violate my medical privacy. Of course, I if don’t show her my Chromebook at all, that also brings up questions.

          • Wolfie

            Chrome OS (and the browser) have a incognito mode that doesn’t store your history, cookies, and other stuff. You should be safe to browse without her finding out via browser ‘bread crumbs’. Don’t know about Omnibox or My Files though – worth a test run I suppose.

            Wish you the very best in your health, Vin.

          • Vin

            Thanks!

          • Vin

            I want to be clear about the Omnibox. I don’t care that the Omnibox does prediction; I don’t necessarily want to suppress that. I just simply want to suppress the display of the predictiions. This should not be hard to do; I would think a dozen or so lines of code, specifically, whenever the display of Omnibox predictions is about to occur, wrap that code in a conditional which checks a Chrome flag “Suppress display of Omnibox predictions”.

          • Why not give her an account too? She can add her Gmail account to the list of users.

  • ladyofperpetulmotion .

    I want ONE!

  • Paulie

    I just wonder if the i3 will really yield any tangible benefits especially if you get the Celeron model with 4 GB of RAM…I have seen things rocket along on an older Acer C720 with 4 GB of RAM and 15 tabs open (complete with streaming video and audio on 2-3 tabs).

    I just wonder whether it’d be wise to pay $100 more for the i3 model..I have played around on the C720 with the older i3 and I can honestly say I couldn’t really see a drastic difference in page loading times between the two (or speed for that matter).

    I have no intention of installing Linux and/or playing games on the Dell when I get it, and I think this may be one of the few scenarios where you could justify getting the i3 over the Celeron 3205u.

    • Stefan van Aalst

      I’ve got an acer i3 15″ …mostly for extra power and full HD…it does better than my C720 4 gb. Though I love the acers, this machine would be preferred for it had 13″ …more portable. However the 15″ proofed to be excellent for having two tabs open, like for working in the same spreadsheet on different tabs or with script editor open.

      • Paulie

        Well, the Dell Chromebook comes with full HD in all versions (even the Celeron version), so resolution isn’t an issue.

        For regular web browsing and video streaming, I think the Celeron version will work amazingly well as long as you have the 4 GB version — even with 10-15 tabs open.

        I have read reviews of the 4 GB version of Acer C740 with the new Celeron Broadwell chip (same processor found in the Dell) and the reviewers found that the thing absolutely flies…I don’t see why the Dell wouldn’t perform just as well.

        As long as you’re not planning on installing Linux or playing games, I don’t think there will be a huge difference in performance between the Celeron and i3 — the difference will be miniscule at most.

    • Rick Huizinga

      I wonder if the Celeron version is fanless?

      • Mi Pen

        Unlikely. I have an earlier Haswell Celeron Chromebook and it has a tiny fan.

  • Richard

    Here’s a Real World Example.

    Fortunately, I already own an excellent Toshiba Satellite S70-A-11H 17.3″ Windows 8.1 laptop as a desktop replacement, which weighs 2.7kg. Nevertheless, I thought that a lighter computer with a longer battery life would also be desirable, so I did my research carefully beforehand and at the end of May 2015 John Lewis finally dropped the price of Toshiba’s CB30-B-104 Chromebook from the official rrp of £269.95 ($422) to just £219.95 ($344), at which point I decided to pull the trigger.

    The laptop has a stunningly vivid pin-sharp 13.3″ Full HD 1920 × 1080p Ips TruBrite® 16:9 TFT bright (384 cd/m2 NITS) back-lit LED display with an sRGB colour gamut of 88.2% and a contrast ratio of 1,056:1. My experience to date is that with a decent broadband speed, the CB30-B-104 is way fast enough to surf the internet without any lagging issues whatsoever, with 7 or 8 tabs open at the same time whilst also playing Mp3 music files etc.

    Unusually, compared to most of it’s current competitors, this model came with 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM. It also has a decent tiled keyboard, plus a full-size SD slot, but note that Dell’s Chromebook 13 apparently only has a *Micro SD Card slot, which for me was of great significance. This last detail was absolutely crucial in my decision to opt for the Chromebook 2, and even with hindsight would have automatically *ruled out Dell’s Chromebook 13, no matter how good it might be, for the reasons explained below.

    When going abroad on holiday I normally take a pair of lenses, each attached respectively to one of my Pentax 35mm DSLR camera bodies that both have inbuilt shake reduction (SR) & full-size SD slots to capture my digital images via a plentiful supply of 2Gb cards. Quite frankly though, the small LCD screens found on the rear of most camera bodies are totally inadequate for critically judging whether the images I take are sharply in focus & correctly exposed.

    If travelling to far flung places that I may probably never have the opportunity of visiting again, such considerations are of prime importance. It is so easy to accidentally screw-up irreplaceable photo opportunities, the failure of which only becomes apparent when it is usually far too late to rectify the situation !

    With the ever increasing pixel density of the latest raft of HD+ tablets coming to the market, I had hoped that an ideal solution to checking my photos on vacation might possibly take the shape of a lightweight 1920 × 1080p HD / 2048 × 1536p or 2560 × 1600p model with an integral SD slot. Regrettably though, it would appear that nowadays every tablet manufacturer is currently hell-bent on ditching full-size SD slots in favour of idiotic micro SD ones. Imho that’s a pretty dumb decision, especially bearing in mind how many millions of professional/amateur 35mm DSLR / Compact Point & Shoot photographers are still out there taking photographs on standard SD cards all around the world ?

    With tablets being ruled out of the equation as mentioned above, it dawned on me that I probably needed a much lighter laptop to take away on holiday and was the main reason why I eventually chose Toshiba’s Chromebook 2.

    Using appropriate battery saving measures, it’s Lithium Ion battery might probably last the entire length of a transatlantic flight between say London and New York, but only experience will tell ! In day to day use, the base of the Chromebook 2 hardly ever gets remotely warm and you could use it comfortably on your lap all day long without ever noticing it being there. When compared to older laptops of a few decades ago, the battery life is totally amazing and dependent upon what I am doing, it will easily last between 8-9hrs plus. What’s more, this Chromebook 2 is also blissfully silent in operation, with no noisy fans to cause distraction. Btw, I should mention that the mains power ac/dc adapter supplied to U.K. customers is truly minuscule & probably the smallest I’ve seen, measuring just 8.5cm L x 3.5cm H x 2.6cm W.

    I notice that many PC users seem concerned about the apparent limitations of a 16Gb SSD, but I don’t entirely understand why, as it can always be replaced by one with a larger capacity ? As an alternative, I recently purchased a couple of fast inexpensive 64Gb & 32Gb SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives that only protrude about 7mm from the USB socket when fully inserted and can write at speeds of up to 130MB/s, leaving tons of room to store documents/mp3’s/photos etc off-line. Files can also be stored on speedy SD cards as well. In addition, there is nothing to stop you from buying an external USB 3.0 Hard Drive, as nowadays they are both cheap, compact and weigh very little.

    The biggest surprise of all for me though is the sheer volume of clear undistorted audio quality emanating from the concealed loudspeakers of this diminutive 1.35kg device. I don’t entirely understand how there is still sufficient internal space left to fit them, but apparently the SkullCandy speakers are located somewhere under the keyboard. Yet oddly there is no external sign of a grille on either the laptop’s underside or the rest of it’s chassis for that matter. Special praise must surely go to the talented SkullCandy team assigned with the task of ‘tuning’ the stereo speakers. Trust me, you won’t believe your ears until you hear one of these astonishing little Chromebooks in action for yourself !

    In all honesty this delightful Toshiba has COMPLETELY exceeded all of my expectations by a very wide margin and by any standards, the CB30-B-104 offers exceptional value, comes highly recommended & I unreservedly award it a 5 star rating.

    • David Mulder

      Ehm, just wondering, but you do realize you can also directly connect your camera to your tablet/laptop bypassing the need of switching cards entirely? Especially if your only goal is to quickly check whether a photo is sharp that is definitely a good option. Alternatively there are also the eyefi cards for a few dollar, and with a tablet or smartphone with enough storage space that might work quite well too.

      • Jeremy

        Agreed! Though, maybe he is worried about doing a balancing act with the DSLR and laptop while on the go. I would recommend he get an amazing high-tech thing called an “SD Card Reader” that plugs into a USB port! :D Honestly, he should have gone with a 7″ tablet and a USB OTG SD Card reader…

      • Stefan van Aalst

        Not always that fast, especially with short movies.

    • Stefan van Aalst

      I use an adaptor that connects my phone to full sized as cards…works like a charm.

      For me taking my CB on holiday isn’t an option (promised the wife this time no working), but still I wanted to update the rest of the family with pictures. Phone+ adaptor+ ad card proofed to work excellent.

      • Richard

        Hi Stephan

        Thank you for your reply. When you wrote Phone+
        adaptor+ad (I assume ‘ad’ (sd) was an accidental typo ?), doubtless you were envisaging something like an OTG Mobile Phone 3-in-1 Micro USB Interface Smart Card Reader HUB, which can be picked-up online for a few pounds/dollars ?

        Being of the ‘antediluvian’ persuasion I don’t currently possess a SmartPhone, but as it happens I already own a couple of cheapo Multi-Card Readers with SDHC support. Regrettably in my case they both have full-size USB plugs (not the Micro USB variety), but buying a new adapter might certainly offer one possible solution !

        I also have a full-size SD card adapter which houses a 2Gb Garmin Satnav MicroSD map of North America for when we travel there, but although I have looked everywhere online and frustratingly seen loads of adapters that are terminated with a male Micro USB plug, I just cannot seem to find an SD to MicroSD lead (i.e: female SD slot to male MicroSD plug).

        Apparently one of the chief reasons why such a lead is unavailable is down to the financial interests of certain MicroSD card manufacturers, who are clearly intent on coercing existing owners of perfectly functioning (but seemingly obsolete full-size SD cards) to buy a fresh supply of shiny new MicroSD ones to match their shiny new SmartPhone/tablet etc. Hence the wise old adage about ‘killing two birds with one stone’ whilst conveniently doubling the profit margins of these companies in the process ! It’s what’s colloquially known in the trade as ‘a nice little earner’ !

        Call me an old cynic if you like, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this was at least half (if not the whole) truth of the matter !

        It has made me think about how quickly so-called standards can change ! If I correctly recall, when Canon proudly released their first professional full-frame 35mm EOS-1D DSLR camera to admiring journalists over a decade ago in 2002, they resolutely stuck to using CompactFlash (Type I / Type II) cards, regardless of their competitors who were heading full tilt in precisely the opposite direction towards SD cards !

        O.K., so here’s a simple question. Using the digits of one hand, how many technology products can you think of in 2015 that STILL use CF cards ? Bridge cameras, Tablets, SmartPhones, MacBooks, Chromebooks..…erm…Nope, I thought not !

        Admittedly a small percentage of Canon’s top end professional DSLR bodies including their monstrous new 50.6 Mp full-frame EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLR cameras both offer dual SD/CF card slots and I believe the superseded Nikon D3 and D300 camera bodies both had dual UDMA CF card slots.

        Regards

        Richard

    • Anonymoused

      I love the Toshiba 2’s full SD slot for the same reason — I originally meant to use it to extend my storage on the device but found it super useful for transferring my Nikon’s photos on the fly!

      My suggestion is, if the new Dell is appealing but the only thing it’s missing is the full sized SD reader, perhaps a USB card reader would be good for you. It wouldn’t allow the card to sit flush inside the laptop, and it’d be sticking out of it but it’s better than not having the option!

  • Thomas Raven

    This is a great addition to the Chromebook lineup. If I didn’t already own a Pixel, I’d jump on one of these.

  • Rodolfo Duran

    This looks nice, to bad i already own the pixel i7! Maybe i will get this one for my gf, and just use it too.

  • Tony Flippance

    i have the current 11″ dell and love it… i will be getting this!!!

  • Jeremy

    With the Carbon Fibre/Aluminum build + IPS + Blacklit keyboard I may just be sold on this. I will miss the 200MB of free LTE from T-mobile on my HP 14 every month though.

  • gadget_hero

    If the SSD is replaceable I will totally get this with the i3 and rock some Linux on it!

    • The fact the SSD is a NGFF and not soldered to the motherboard is a good sign.

      • gadget_hero

        Isn’t NGFF M.2? Either way that is great news, I will be buying one to make it a linux machine!

      • liamdools

        Aw yess! If the SSD’s upgradeable, this would make an excellent Windows machine

  • Juha Ahonen

    That 4GB model will be my new CB. With Chrome OS it won’t ever be obsolete.

    • liamdools

      My C720 was obsolete after a year and a half. Last time I listen to Chrome fans

  • Richard

    Regrettably, I’m afraid EVERYTHING becomes obsolete eventually !

  • Gerrit Harteveld

    The 2 GB version is clearly just to upsell to the i3 version and touch will probably a $100 extra. For the Ci5 version you’re getting towards the price of a Google Pixel.

  • The Red Comet

    This thing looks great, though I’m concerned how much heavier it’ll feel compared to my current HP Chromebook 11 G1…

  • Deckard_Cain

    Will it be possible to swap out the SSD for a higher capacity one? That’s my pet peeve with Chromebooks.

    • In theory, yes. Unlike other Chormebooks the Dell is not using soldered eMMC storage but an actual, swappable, buy-one-from-amazon SSD. (I suspect many businesses requested this).

      The theory bit is because we don’t yet know how easy the SSD drive is to get to.

      • Deckard_Cain

        But that’s great to hear! At least now there’s a really good ultrathin notebook without Windows loaded.
        If I would get this I would use it with a Linux distro since I think that ChromeOS should be able to run Google Services and Android apps.

  • Luctreebusch

    Love my Toshiba Chromebook 2 but this one looks amazing aswel

    • I think the performance (i3 vs Celeron) will be a differentiator.

  • Rok Kralj

    Why no skylake?

    • systemBuilder

      If skylake is anything like Broadwell, it will be a total disappointment. The latest Skylake CPUs for desktops are a complete disappointment.

      • Rok Kralj

        Want to argument that? Moreover, the mobile sector has a totally different priorities than the desktop one.

  • pixelstuff

    Just one question that I didn’t see answered in the write up. Does the screen have a matte finish or glossy?

    • It is an “anti-glare” screen.

    • naryan

      Can’t you just put a matte finish on it yourself?

  • Gary Graf

    I’ll take a 15.6 please

    • Harry Napes

      Don’t worry, a 15 inch Dell Chromebook is coming soon after this 13inch, count on it. It will be cheaper as well ( at least for the entry level config) at $299.

      • It’s been a while since we heard about the 15.6 from Dell. I have a sneaking suspicion that this device was originally meant to be 15.6 but changed form along the way…

  • The Red Comet

    I’m very curious to see the UK pricing for this.

    Dells current RRP for their New Chromebook 11 is $355 in the US and £241 in the UK (not far off the exchange rate which would make it about £230).

    With that in mind, I’d hope to see prices along the lines of:

    Celeron/2GB RAM – $399/£275

    i3/4GB RAM – $529/£360

    i5/8GB RAM – $799/£525

    For reference, the Pixel i5/8GB RAM sells for £799 in the UK.

    • The i3/4GB for 360 new and £300 second hand is my dream machine for now :)) anxiously waiting. It is a massive step by Dell and I think this will boost the Chromebooks in the world personal computing.

      • Bubba Jones

        Why are you full of dread, uneasiness, fear, and anxiety. My guess is you are eagerly waiting.
        Look up the word anxious, it comes from Latin, angere, (similar to our word anger), was also a term also used for choking.

        • Never thought “Anxious” is that complicated. No need to check dictionary, I trust what you are saying :)

  • LB

    For the Dell Chromebook 13 to actually succeed, given its Full-HD resolution, Chrome OS will have to solve the issue of quasi-hi-dpi displays.
    Full-HD on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 with 13″ display is unreadable for many, and poor user experience for the rest.
    It requires to craftily set the resolution to an artificially lower value (1536×864), and the default zoom to 125%, wasting much of the potential of the otherwise excellent display.
    Chrome OS does have hi-dpi support for the Pixel on one hand, and support for the old “HD” resolution (1336×768) on the other, but nothing in between for now, which until every display is retina-level is no longer an acceptable proposition.

    • Morten Ulv

      Didn’t know that this was the case even though I have the TB2. Good to know.

      • Anonymoused

        Depends on the person. I have perfect eyesight and no problem reading anything on my Toshiba cb2.

    • bluescratch

      Just magnify the screen to 150% and it’s fine. I haven’t had any problems at all with my Toshiba CB2 since I recieved it 4 months ago. I don’t use it for work it’s just for surfing the net, email,facebook, etc. I don’t see going back to Windows.
      One more thing, no viruses.

      • Jaxo

        I don’t think you understand.
        It is not the size of the text on the page (which can easily be changed to 150%), but it is the size of the ChromeOS UI that just gets tiny when the screen resolution is 1080p

        • bluescratch

          I do notice that my bookmarks tabs and such are smaller, just didn’t consider that to be a problem. I can understand if that is problem for you but I know given just a few days I got used to it and don’t even think about it.

        • calden74

          Actually they do but it’s only available on the Pixel or if your using a monitor with a resolution higher than 1080p. Personally, 1080p on my HP G3 looks fantastic, absolutely no complaints, as well as my Pixel v2.

    • calden74

      That’s not true, Toshiba, Acer and HP have models with 1080P.

  • I just wish the sucker could recharge from USB and then I would take the plunge.

  • Patrik Forsberg

    Is there any chance that the i-3 will be fanless? If not, any ideas of what fanless Chromebook is the “best”? I’m looking at the Toshiba chromebook 2 4GB and currently own the Asus c300 4GB.

    • naryan

      I haven’t seen one of these Dell ones yet, but the Toshiba one is niiiiice.
      Hard to fault it.

      • Patrik Forsberg

        The Toshiba Is really nice, but it is almost like the one I own now but with a better display. Might want something more than a better display if i’m upgrading. :) But it kind of comes down to whether the Dell 13 is fanless or not, if it isn’t I’ll probably go for the Toshiba anyway. :)

        • naryan

          I can all but guarantee the Dell isn’t fanless.
          I don’t know of any ix-series Intel laptop that’s fanless.

          • Patrik Forsberg

            Thats right, i watched a review of the dell XPS 13 with very similar specs and yes, it had a fan. Also the Dell 11, also with a i3, had a fan. I’ts just that I hate fans, I really appriciate the quiet experience that i’ve had with the ASUS c300 and know from experience that fans tend to get noisier with age when dust and hair messes with the bearings. I really look forward to the day when every laptop is fanless.

          • naryan

            Yeah me too.
            I’m not bothered too much by the noise,
            but research shows that a broken fan leading to overheating is the #1 cause of laptop malfunctions by a mile.
            SSDs’ lack of moving parts has already fixed the other major cause of laptop death.

  • ClikFire _

    if I am going to be paying that much for a Cb I might as well buy a Surface 3 or windows laptop I like and use a Cb as a 2nd device but once you get over $400 the point of a Cb goes out the window imo.

    • It doesn’t go out the window if you’re buying a Chromebook because it’s a Chromebook and not because ‘it’s something cheaper than Windows’.

      There is demand for a *Chromebook* with these specs, at this quality, and at this price. Or else Dell wouldn’t have made it.

    • Patrik Forsberg

      The simplistic design of the chrome OS is one of the reasons Im going to buy my second chromebook. I will probably never go back to Windows again after my good experience with chrome os. So in My opinion the point of cb doesn’t go out of the window after the price goes over a certain point. It’s just as any other computer, you buy only what you need (not always true though) and have to decide what is a reasonable price. And for most of the time you’ll get what you pay for, and that’s applicable on the chromebooks as well.

    • hornswallow

      you are right, YOU should. for me, it’s entirely different. i have an excellent laptop but the battery life and weight make it more sensible for me to just keep it at home. other than about 4 programs that i consider to be “must” programs, every and anything else i do, can all be done easily on a Chromebook. i can’t wait to get this HULK of a beast Chromebook from Dell as my daily driver to take with me every and anywhere i want. i just wish it were released already so i could have it in my trusty hands.

  • Scott Gibbs

    Does anyone know if the touchscreen is standard on any of these? Or is it an extra charge on top of the base prices of $399, $529 and $799?

    • powermatt

      It’s extra.

      • Scott Gibbs

        Hmm, ok thanks. That kinda sucks. I’m eyeing the $529 version but I don’t know if I’d be willing to pay extra for a touchscreen. Especially since Chrome OS is still very limited as far as what you can do with a touchscreen.

        • powermatt

          You won’t miss it. There’s nothing on Chrome OS that absolutely requires it, or I would consider a “killer app.”

          • Scott Gibbs

            That’s true. I guess my one reason for wanting a touchscreen would be to “future-proof.” But I’m thinking Chrome OS is still a long way off from needing touch.

  • Ales

    I’ll bet there will be no QWERTZ-Layout for a german version. :(

    • sasu85

      Do you think that it will be sold also in Europe??

  • Michael DeGuzis

    Nice…may be my next Chromebook over my Acer C720

  • ChrisGX

    One of the virtues of the forthcoming introduction of the Apple A9/A9x based phones and tablets (assuming a moderate degree of truth in Apple’s performance claims) is that they could well make the very ordinary Atom based Chromebooks go away while forcing a rethink at Intel regarding the prices they are demanding for their Core M products. High-end Chromebooks at attractive prices, that could be a positive unintended consequence of Apple’s attempt at world domination! Pricing for Chromebooks using advanced ARM SoCs should be similarly affected.

  • Dean Poole

    when can we order these in the UK?

    • sasu85

      It will be offcially sold in USA on the 17th of September and in Europe on 1st of October :(

      • Ross

        Although the shipping date for people buying in the USA is currently the 30th of October.

  • ChrisGX

    Whatever the case may be today I am pretty sure that by this time next year you will not be able to find Chromebooks using Celeron or Atom chips. The reason is straightforward. For low powered laptop APUs, which offer the most attractive proposition for buyers of Chromebooks and the best strategy for the growth of the platform, ARM based products comfortably exceed the performance of Intel based products. It has been the case for a long time that ARM based SoCs provided the best option for smart phones, where energy efficiency and keeping power consumption very low were overriding considerations. But with the impending releases of the Qualcomm 820, Samsung Exynos M1, Nvidia Tegra Denver 2 and HiSilicon Kirin 950 it is clear that the ARM family of SoCs now also has achieved performance leadership too. Now, it is quite incredible that many of the mentioned devices (excluding the Nvidia chip) can live happily within a smart phone power budget but the performance they offer gets very close too (or exceeds in some respects) the best low power Skylake chip (Core M7-6Y75). The latter chip, arguably, might be a good place to start to build a very good Chromebook but up to this point Intel has shown little interest – they prefer the pretense that Skylake Core M is worlds apart and that buyers should be paying exorbitant prices for it. If Intel continues with that strategy they might find themselves brushed aside. Apple’s mobile products – phones and tablets – are already an Intel-free zone and with the introduction of the A9X ARM based SoC the possibility is opened up that some low end laptops could go the same way soon.

    These developments will have a big impact on Chromebook and Android products too. Not only can ARM be a solid foundation for very low power devices as well as Chromebooks and Android tablets with outstanding performance but there is no longer any gap between these low power and high performance SoCs and APUs where Intel might be able to squeeze its way in. Why would you use an Atom chip when you can get a MediaTek one, say, that outperforms it and uses less power? Well, you wouldn’t unless there were some inducement! Still, I can’t see Intel ‘discounting’ its way out of this problem – they are simply not offering attractive products to mobile and low power computer product designers, manufacturers and vendors. I expect that ARM on Chromebooks and Android tablets to go the same way it has gone on Apple products. ARM based products will suffice for most users in most cases. If you have some kind of power user requirement you may need to explore x86 options (or maybe not in 2 or 3 years time).

  • Super_Nintendo_Chalmers

    When are the touch screen options going to available, does anybody know? I had the funds ready for this on the 17th, but then Dell only released the four non-touch screen models.

  • Glacier

    When I eventually get a new chromebook ( just got the flip) I’ll have the next version of this chromebook on my radar if there even is a next version

  • Marcelo Duarte

    I want this in Brazil!!!

  • HoLT

    Just ordered mine! Got the i3 with 8 gb ram. Cant wait!

    • HoLT

      Its freaking awesome! Money well spent, indeed.

  • Ross

    What happened to the UK release?

    • sasu85

      It is available in UK on the Dell website :)

  • calden74

    First, this is a Chrome OS site, anyone who knows anything about ChromeBooks know that you store your files in the cloud, not locally. You still have an SD Card slot if you need more space. Also, plenty of people will buy it, I have a Pixel v2 at twice the cost and couldn’t imagine owning anything else.

    • liamdools

      Oh come on, no sane person would store everything on some servers on the internet, that’s just stupid. Things could get lost, corrupted, or hacked. Some things are important and should be kept on local storage. Cheaper Windows laptops manage bigger SSDs at lower prices, along with similar specs and the cost of the mandatory Windows license. They’re obviously overcharging people for this garbage.

  • juanjeremy2012

    WITH THE SOLID STATE DRIVE AND FULL HD SCREEN THIS IS BETTER THAN A WINDOWS NOTEBOOK

    • John

      Indeed! These machines are fast and beautiful.

  • Martin Cohen

    Two questions (to compare it with my original Acer C720):

    Can I use crouton to install Linux?

    Can I upgrade the SSD to 128GB like I have on my C720?

    • jahid65

      yes to both.

  • rslh

    I read that one can upgrade the SSD, but how about memory/RAM? Can that be swapped? Thanks.

    • mark gray

      No, RAM is integrated into motherboard. SSD swap is easy. Remove the 11 screws on the bottom, lift off the base, one screw holds in the drive. Reinstall OS. 20 minute procedure!

  • Dean Poole

    Ordered from Dell on 9th October (release day in the UK). They have put back the Delivery Date 6 times (six). They e-mailed me last night to say they are having production issues and I can cancel if I like – Terrible Customer Service

  • Jo Stepaniak

    DON’T BUY A DELL CHROMEBOOK 13!

    The Dell CB 13 has a decent built, but the lid on ours warped after just 2 months and wouldn’t close all the way. We had purchased an onsite service warranty, and the technician made the problem 100 times worse (now the lid stays open over half an inch) and scratched and gouged our previously pristine machine. We spent hours and hours with Dell “customer care” (a joke of a name) both on the phone (after 3 hours, a supervisor hung up on my husband) and in chat (another 2 grueling hours). Dell won’t provide a refund, and after our horrid experience I want to warn everyone that Dell doesn’t stand behind their products or service. Right now, the Dell CB 13 is only available from Dell, so buyer beware. Other Chromebooks would be a far better bet (as would any computer by any other manufacturer). Despite positive reviews of the Dell CB 13, you’re taking a huge risk buying one.

  • Gunnar

    I’s it only chromebook 11″ that got spill proof keyboard or does this 13″ version also got it?
    Acer got it on the 14″ chromebook for work but I would prefer Dell as long as I can get spill proof and preferably back lit keyboard..