Dell Chromebook Review

Dell Chromebook Review

Dell Chromebook 11 Review: Should You Buy It?

If ¬†you are currently in the market for a new netbook? Depending on your requirements, you may want to look at a Chromebook. Because Chromebook’s utilize Google’s open source software, manufacturers have been able to get the price down considerably lower than traditional netbooks and laptops. One of the most recognizable and talked about Chromebook’s out currently is Dell’s new Chromebook 11. Below we will discuss whether or not the Dell Chromebook 11 is worthy of your purchase in our Dell Chromebook 11 review.

Dell Chromebook Review:

Build Quality:

The Dell Chromebook actually made a very nice first impression right out of the box. It has a simple, yet refined design that I was simply not expecting. In fact, the majority of the actual device is made of a refreshing and elegant matte plastic finish. This makes holding the device feel good in the hands. It is also easy to get a nice grip on the actual product. The actual surface of the device feels somewhat similar to a lot of the new smartphones out right now.

The matte/rubber feeling of the finish makes for a better and more comfortable typing experience. It is certainly better than the hard plastic that most Chromebook’s come in. The device also have tapered edges which makes the entire device look thinner than it actually is.

The good news is that there isn’t anything that stands out that looks cheap on this device. There is nothing that is noticeably cheap in the make up of the entire unit. The build quality seems to be top notch. There is actually very little to zero flex in the entire device, even in the center of the keyboard where a lot of devices show it.

Specifications and Internals:

The actual device measures at (11.6 x 7.9 x .97) inches. The weight of the device comes in at 2.9 pounds. Therefore, it sits right in the middle in terms of size with the other popular Chromebook models that are currently available.

Storage:

Most Chromebook’s actually live off of cloud storage. Whereas, this one has a 16GB SSD for a good amount of on board storage for applications, games or whatever other kind of media you would want to load on it.

Battery Life:

The battery life is of huge importance to many people. This is actually one of the reasons that a lot of people have started looking at Chromebook’s. Because the operating system is very efficient with prioritizing resources, most Chromebook’s come with phenomenal battery life ratings. Despite the efforts I put forth to run down the battery as fast as I could, the Chromebook withstood dying for around 8 hours and 45 minutes. I tried multitasking to the extreme by streaming high definition movies and playing high graphic intense games. This Chromebook wouldn’t let up and kept on going.

With normal usage and setting the screen to a reasonable 60-65%, I could see this battery lasting for a good 10-11 hours give or take. This is definitely a device that you can trust to take on the road with you and leave your charger behind. This device is one of the more solid performers in terms of battery life in the Chromebook line.

Sound Quality:

The sound quality is something that is actually very important to me as I love to watch movies and stream music from my laptops without headphones. Needless to say, this was one of the first things that I tested and I am happy to say that this Chromebook passed with flying colors. The speakers were actually able to carry both; high and low tones as well as a good pair of headphones. The bass left a little to be desired, but that would just be nitpicking at the device.

Display:

The screen was one of the more disappointing things that I noticed on the device. This was a huge letdown for me as screen quality and resolution is really one of the most important things for me. The low contract was something that made the problem worse as it kept the blacks looking like grey’s. I wasn’t expecting superb screen quality, but it did leave something to be desired.

Trackpad:

The trackpad is surprisingly very good for this device. It never stuttered or skipped a beat during my heavy usage. There is no mushiness that a lot of budget laptops and Chromebook’s suffer from.

Final Thoughts:

After all is said and done, I would thoroughly recommend this device for anyone looking at the Chromebook line. As always, you are going to benefit the most from getting a Chromebook if you are highly invested into Google’s ecosystem. Google has developed a very good alternative to netbooks and this is definitely one of the best of the bunch. The sound quality, comfortable and elegant design, and the amazing battery life make this device truly a winner. This device currently retails for around $300.

We hope you enjoyed our Dell Chromebook 11 Review.

 

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