Drop-proof to military specifications? Sealed keyboard to resist outside elements? Holy crap, who is this laptop for? The answer. School kids.
These features are part of Dell’s new line of educational Chromebooks and tablets. Tablets and laptops are the new textbooks. Man, I remember being back in high school using ancient texts to learn. You kids might know them as ‘text books.’
All joking aside, we all know what happens to textbooks after a while. Dell had this in mind when designing their new line of educational Chromebooks and tablets.
Dell’s new line of devices is aimed at students in K-12. They won’t win any design awards, but they are durable and get the job done.
The Chromebook 11 sports an 11.6 inch HD display, a 2.16 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron (Bay Trail) processor, 16 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM (a 4GB upgrade is available), an SD card slot, two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0) and an HDMI port. Oh, and it runs the Chrome OS – in case the name doesn’t give it away.
Basically, students can use it for surfing the web, watching Netflix and occasionally doing homework.
Have a kid who is more of a Windows fan? The Dell Latitude 11 has you covered.
The Chromebook 11 costs $249 and can be ordered from Dell.com today. No word on pricing or release details for the Latitude 11, but I would expect to be very similar.
On the tablet side of things, Dell has announced the Dell Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro. Both have a 10.1 inch HD (1280×800 resolution) display and can be used with an attachable keyboard. When attached to the keyboard, the Venue 10 can be set in several different positions. Think Lenovo’s Yoga ultrabooks.
The main difference between the Venue 10 and Pro is Venue 10 runs Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ while Venue 10 Pro runs Windows 8.1.
Dell did announce some specs for the Pro model. An Intel Core M processor (2.0 GHz or 2.9 GHz dual-core), Intel HD Graphics 5300, 2GB of RAM and a variety of internal storage options. A full-size USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI port and Micro SD card slot are also included.
The Dell Venue 10 will release in late March, but no pricing details were announced. The Dell Venue 10 Pro hit on March 3rd for $329.99. Or, $379.99 with the keyboard attachment.
It’s crazy how much tech has advanced in just 10 years. I remember when having a graphing calculator was awesome. Now, you can just look up the answers right on your tablet or laptop. The thought makes me almost miss school.