Dell's Chromebook 13 gets down to business

Dell would apparently like to shepherd some business computing into the cloud, and it's helping that dream to take flight with its  Chromebook 13. The PC maker touts high performance, extra security features, and access to 24-hour support as reasons to buy into its business-class Chrome OS endeavor. 

Dell has only released a few details about the new Chromebook 13 line. These PCs will be powered by a choice of three Intel CPUs: a dual-core Celeron 3205U running at 1.5GHz, a two-core, four-thread Core i3-5005U running at 2GHz, and a two-core, four-thread Core i5-5300U with 2.3GHz base and 2.9GHz Turbo clocks. They'll also come with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of RAM. Those internals will drive one of two 13.3" 1080p display choices:a touch-enabled display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass, or an anti-glare, non-touch option. 16GB or 32GB SSDs will provide a bit of local storage.

Atypically for Chromebooks, the Chromebook 13's body is built with an aluminum chassis and a magnesium palm rest, and the lid is all gussied up in carbon fiber. Dell says the Chromebook 13 will be a relatively chunky (compared to its XPS 13) 0.84" thick and 3.23 pounds. The internal battery should be good for up to 12 hours of productivity. Input is handled by a backlit keyboard and what appears to be a relatively large touchpad.

Dell wants to attract businesses and professionals to this machine with its software extras and support. The Chromebook 13 will include KACE inventory management features, SonicWall VPN Mobile Connect software, and Wyse vWorkspace virtualization support. Along with that bundled software, the Chromebook 13 is eligible for Dell's ProSupport Plus, which offers 24x7 access to technical help and repairs for drops, spills, and other damage.

The Chromebook 13 will be available for purchase starting September 17 at $399.

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