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78 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Dell finally jumps into the Chromebook market with an 11-inch, Intel-powered laptop that stacks up well against the ChromeOS competition. Like a lot of other Chromebooks on the market, Dell didn't put a lot of inspiration or originality in the Chromebook 11's design, and PC World is less than thrilled with the "hard plastics" used in construction, finding the overall design "blah." On the other hand, TechRadar calls it a "simple yet elegant design," and says it makes a "great first impression."

The Chromebook 11's 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display is pretty average for a Chromebook, and while it isn't ideal for large graphics or heavy gaming, the Verge still finds it "perfectly adequate" for a ChromeOS device. However, PC Mag notes that that the display will "wash out" if you move off center, but regardless, it's still "reasonably bright and clear."

Internally, the Chromebook 11 is powered by an Intel processor with either 2GB or 4GB memory options, with Laptop Magazine pleased with its "speedy performance" and "pleasantly surprised" by its wake and boot times. Computer Shopper felt the same, calling it a "sprightly performer" even when loaded up with tabs and videos.

Though aimed primarily at schools, Dell's first Chromebook still manages to satisfy critics' expectations by offering a usable display and more-than-adequate performance. It doesn't re-invent the category, but it's far from falling behind.

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Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
11.622
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Linux
CPU family
Celeron
Processor speed
1.419
System RAM
21
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820

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78 Global Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

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oneniner
I think the Dell Chromebook is great. This is my first Chromebook since the...read more
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Ellii
I've had a Dell Chromebook 11 for 7 months now and I love this machine. If you're...read more
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jp3rrgjn
Unless you want a complete peice of sh*t you do not want this and if you buy...read more
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