A few years back, not too many would have predicted the success of Google’s Chrome OS initative, which has grown as much as to have displaced iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to U.S. schools. So yeah, everybody should be taking the Chromebooks serious now, as consumers are increasingly interested in versatile and productive device that they can take with them anywhere they go.
Sure, a Chrome OS laptop isn’t as productive as, say, a Windows-powered one, but there are so many of us who work online and use online tools, and that’s just a part of the audience that Google is targeting. The most important customers, however, seem to be institutions. So after it has become a popular product in the education market, Google is now eyeing business users.
That’s why the search giant has revamped Chrome OS with a couple of new features, such as centralized management features, support for VPNs, virtualization and others. Google has been working with Cisco, Juniper, and Dell to integrate VPNs and there are new virtualization options to access apps like Microsoft Office, among others.
Google builds the software and its partners the hardware, so this time it seems that Dell is leading the charge, with the new Chromebook 13, which has been announced for a starting price of $399, available for purchase starting September 17th. Here’s what you will be getting at this price:
- Lightweight carbon fiber cover, magnesium alloy palmrest, backlit keyboard and high-precision glass trackpad
- 13.3” FHD IPS touchscreen display
- 5th Gen Intel Core processor
- 2 gigabytes of memory and 16GB of storage
- 0.27-inches thick, weighs 3.23 pounds
- 12-hour battery life.
- USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port, microSD slot, headphone socket, HDMI output, HD audio
The Dell Chromebook 13 starts at $399 but the prices range up to $899 for models with touch screens and better processors. Google also informed that Netflix and Starbucks are already signed up to deploy Chromebooks in enterprise settings, and these are indeed some big names that have embraced the Chrome OS way.
If you are intrigued by the Chrome OS concept, but it’s just a little bit too confusing, do check out this extensive guide my colleague Nimish has built in order to try and explain everything there is to know about Chromebooks.