Pc-producenten Dell meddeler i dag om lanceringen af en Chromebook, der kommer til salg i januar 2014 først i USA og England.
Dells maskine er målrettet undervisningssektoren og udnytter Googles apps til undervisning og fildelingsmulighederne i Googles miljø, som Chromebooks er låst til. Muligheden for, at en it-administrator på skolen kan konfigurere og sikre de enkelte Chromebooks på hele skolen eller i hele kommunen fra centralt hold, hører til salgstalen fra Dell.
Prisen bliver på omtrent 300 dollar, hvilket gør den marginalt dyrere end HP's Chromebook, der blev lanceret i oktober i år.
Maskinen kører med en Celeron 2955U processor, lover 10 timers batteritid, hvilket er mere end mange andre Chromebooks, 16 gigabyte indbygget flashhukommelse og op til 4 gigabyte RAM. Skærmen har en opløsning på 1366x768 og der er et 720p webcam i toppen af låget til videoopkald. Der er indbygget 802.11n Wi-Fi, to USB 3 porte, HDMI og Bluetooth 4.0. Hele maskinen vejer omtrent 1,3 kg.
Dell oplyser, at firmaet fremover vil lancere flere Chromebooks målrettet specifikke segmenter som små virksomheder, men også til generel brug og satser dermed som noget nyt på at læne sig op ad Googles Chrome OS-strategi.
Dell Chromebook 11 Gives Students and Teachers Affordable, Easy Access to Technology at School and Home
Addition of Chromebook to Dell’s end-to-end education ecosystem marries Google Apps for Education with Dell resources, services and support
A cloud-based management console allows IT administrators to centralize configuration, tracking, security and management of devices across an entire school or district
Dell today announced the expansion of its robust portfolio of next generation learning solutions with the Dell Chromebook 11, an affordable and highly-portable Chromebook designed to facilitate integration of technology in the classroom for teachers, students and administrators. Wrapping into Dell’s end-to-end education portfolio, the Dell Chromebook 11 is a laptop that is fast, secure and allows easy-to-manage access to applications and content.
The Dell Chromebook 11 joins Dell’s next generation learning solutions that deliver an optimal combination of platforms, education content and secure IT efficiency that schools and universities are seeking to personalize the learning experience and improve student outcomes.
With presence in over 400,000 classrooms around the world, Dell is a leading end-to-end IT solutions provider in education, collaborating with K-12 school districts and higher education institutions to deploy technologies that lead to innovation in learning, simplified management and reduced costs.
“Dell believes that when implemented successfully, teachers, students and technology work together to enrich the learning process,” said Neil Hand, vice president, Tablet and Performance PC Group, Dell. “The Dell Chromebook 11 will give schools and districts another tool to consider as they plan their digital content and curriculum strategies, and its competitive pricing will help open access to technology for more students around the country.”
Chromebook in the classroom “Dell is no stranger to designing and building great computers, particularly in education,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. “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.”
Exceptional Manageability and Security
The Dell Chromebook 11 features exceptional manageability and security with an easy to use web-based console that enables centralized configuration and tracking. The management console allows IT administrators and teachers to quickly push or remove applications and enforce safe browsing practices across all Chromebooks in a school’s network or in a specific learning environment. Automated updates and “defense in depth” security features like sandboxing, verified boot, data encryption and easy recovery block or avoid malware, viruses and data loss, saving significant time on maintenance and troubleshooting so that educators can focus on student success.
Combining Slim Design with Essential Performance
With its slim design and high performance, the Dell Chromebook 11 features 4th Generation Intel® Celeron ® 2955U processor, 11.6-inch screen, up to 10-hours of battery life[i] and 16GB[ii] embedded Solid State Drive to facilitate a fast boot-time of under 8.4 seconds[iii]. The Dell Chromebook 11 will be available in two models, one which includes 4GB[iv] of internal DDR3 RAM, and the other which includes 2GBiv of RAM. This provides options for the education ecosystem, allowing students, teachers and administrators to access, create and collaborate throughout the day at a price point that makes widespread student computing initiatives affordable.
Tools for Collaborative Learning
The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch, edge-to-edge glass screen that produces exceptional viewing clarity at a maximum resolution of 1366x768 and is powered by Intel HD Graphics. The high-performing display coupled with a front-facing 720p webcam creates exciting opportunities for collaborative learning in a variety of learning environments. With Dell’s 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, students can easily and quickly connect to wireless networks. The Dell Chromebook 11 is less than one inch in height and starts at 2.9lbs, making it highly portable. With two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI port, students and educators have endless possibilities for collaborating, creating, consuming and displaying content. With battery life of up to 10-hoursi, the Chromebook is capable of powering student learning throughout the day.
Access Content and Applications Anytime, Anywhere
With the addition of the Dell Wyse PocketCloudTM application, Dell Chromebook 11 users have access to content and applications across a “personal cloud” of devices. Students and teachers can access, edit, save and share their digital assets such as presentations, documents, photos and videos regardless of where the original documents are located. PocketCloud works across mobile devices, tablets, PCs, laptops and Chromebooks. It is tightly integrated with the Google ecosystem and leverages the Google infrastructure effectively to authenticate, discover and access users’ content and applications. The PocketCloud app will be available for download in the Google Chrome Web Store in January 2014.
Dell Education Ecosystem
Dell’s team of education experts work directly with customers to ensure the successful integration of teaching and learning technologies in the classroom. The Dell Chromebook 11 easily connects to Dell’s next generation learning technologies, infrastructure and peripherals. Additionally, with Google Cloud PrintTM, students and teachers can easily print documents, photos or emails using Google Docs and other Chrome apps.
The Dell Chromebook 11 4GBiv configuration will be available January 2014. The Dell Chromebook 11 2GB iv configuration will be available during the first quarter of 2014. The Dell Chromebook 11 is expected to sell below $300 and will be available on www.dell.com in the United States and UK.
Service and Warranty
Dell’s Chromebook is covered by Dell’s Limited Hardware Warranty[v]. This warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year. If hardware issues cannot be resolved through remote diagnosis, Dell will provide a convenient way to return the product to a Dell repair facility.
Experience peace of mind with optional Dell ProSupport[vi] which offers the expertise to help keep you connected and productive 24x7 and when accidents happen – Dell can help. With Dell’s Accidental Damage Service[vii] you can minimize the unplanned expenses and downtime by protecting your system against unforeseen mishaps caused by drops, spills, surges and breakages.