Dell announces its own Chromebook 11 with an emphasis on education

Dell announces its own Chromebook 11 with an emphasis on education
Dell has unveiled its own Chromebook, the Dell Chromebook 11, with an emphasis on education.
The 11-inch Chrome OS laptop packs an 11.6-inch edge-to-edge 1366×768 display, an Intel Celeron processor, a front-facing 720p webcam, a solid-state hard drive,
two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, up to 10 hours of battery life,
and a choice of either 2GB or 4GB of memory. It measures less than one inch in height and starts at 2.9lbs.
The Dell Chromebook 11 (not to be confused with the HP Chromebook 11) is packed with features that should make it an attractive option for educators looking to implement laptops in the classroom, including cloud services, remote management of applications and content across a whole family of devices, and added security measures.
Dell’s Chromebook has “an optimal combination of platforms, education content and secure IT efficiency” that make it ideal for use in schools, the company said in an announcement.
‘Enriching the learning process’
“Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process,” said Dell’s VP of the Tablet and Performance PC Group Neil Hand.
The Dell Chromebook 11 features a web-based console that will allow teachers and education administrators to easily track students’ activity, enforce safe browsing, and push apps to or remove them from students’ devices.
The Chromebook 11 will also rely less on Google’s cloud services than past Chromebooks, with support for Dell’s Wyse PocketCloud service, which lets users manage their files across devices.
Dell says its education products and services are now implemented in over 400,000 classrooms globally in grades ranging from kindergarten up through higher education institutions.
Google and Dell, sitting in a tree The Chromebook 11 “marries Google Apps for Education with Dell resources,
services and support,” the announcement said.
“Dell is no stranger to designing and building great computers, particularly in education,” Google Vice President of Product Management Caesar Sengupta said.
“Adding Dell’s first Chromebook to our stable of devices built for the classroom is a big milestone, and Dell has been a great partner in this effort. The Dell Chromebook 11 with Google Apps for Education will bring exciting new possibilities for learning and collaboration inside and outside the classroom.”
The 4GB Dell Chromebook 11 launches in January 2014 in the US and UK, and the 2GB model arrives sometime later in the first quarter of next year. The new Chromebook is expected to retail under $300 (about

Acer’s Haswell-powered Chromebook brings touch to the masses

Acer's Haswell-powered Chromebook brings touch to the masses
If you’ve been after a touch-enabled Chromebook and never fancied shelling out for Google’s gorgeous but wallet-unfriendly Pixel, today’s your lucky day.
Acer’s C720P, which first reared its head at IDF, is the company’s first Chromebook to sport a touchscreen display. It features an 11.6-inch HD LED panel (1366 x 768) and is powered by a fourth generation Intel Celeron 2955U CPU. The inclusion of Intel’s Haswell chip gives it ‘all day battery life’, according to Acer – so long as your day lasts around 7.5 hours.
Under the bonnet is a 32GB SSD for speedy ‘boot’ times and fast resuming from sleep, though its size means you can opt to store files locally, should you wish.
Connectivity options include USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and 802.11a/b/h/g/n Wi-Fi.
Price is right The C720P may not offer the Chromebook Pixel’s giddy screen resolution, but it doesn’t have its heavyweight price tag (

New Acer Chromebook wants to be your go-to for $199.99

New Acer Chromebook wants to be your go-to for $199.99
Acer is out with a new Chromebook, expanding its C720 line with a fresh, cheap face.
The C720-2848’s $199.99 price is Acer’s new Chromebook entry point, the company said in a press release, and it’s a number that should perk customers’ ears.
Previously, it’s starting C720 was listed at $249.99.
An Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on Haswell hums inside, and it’s stocked with 16GB SSD and 2GB of RAM.
The new machine is available today at Amazon and Best Buy and will be available through Acer’s online store starting in December.
New Acer Chromebook specs Thanks to the Haswell-based processor, Acer promises up to 8.5 hours of battery life. Users who need to web chat can broadcast through an integrated HD webcam and listen in/play mood music through the C720-2848’s dual speakers.
The new notebook measures 0.75-inches thick and weighs 2.76 pounds. It’s “ComfyView HD display” stretches 11.6-inches, while it’s resolution sits at 1366 x 768. Looks-wise, the C720-28 is identical to all other C720s currently on the market.
Acer included both a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port in the new Chromebook’s design as well as an HDMI port.
As for the freebies, new Chromebook customers can opt for 100GB of free Google Drive storage. All C720 models are packaged with Google Play Music All Access and 12 free Gogo Inflight passes.
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Source TechRadar

Acer Debuts $199 Chromebook One Week Before Black Friday

Thinking about snagging a cheap laptop this Black Friday? With one week to go before the year’s most insane shopping day, Acer is launching a Chromebook that takes the price of owning a Google Chrome-powered computer to $199.99.
The Acer C270 Chromebook is almost exactly like the previous model the company unveiled in October, which costs $249.99. The new, cheaper model still packs an Intel Celeron processor for 8.5 hours of battery life, an 11.6-inch screen with 1,366 x 768 resolution and 16GB of storage. The only difference is the $199.99 version has 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB.
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