This week, Google and Dell unveiled the latest Chromebook – the Chromebook 13, which will be out for sale on September 17th with prices ranging from $399 to $899. Until now, consumer options for Chromebooks were the low-end laptops so popular in classrooms or the high-end, expensive Pixel. This one might be called a mid-ranger with an eye toward business users.
The Chromebook 13 is designed to allow corporate administrators more controls to limit access and set specific rules on how workers can use them. With specs above just about every other Chromebook, except the Pixel, it looks and feels premium. The 13 inch, matte IPS display is sharp with accurate color reproduction, combining with it’s magnesium alloy palm rest, glass track pad, carbon fiber weave back panel and aluminum build to give an overall impression of quality. With configuration options of Intel core i3 or i5 processors, up to 8GB of memory and a Gorilla Glass touch screen display.
Google and Dell hope that this new offering will win the hearts and dollars of corporate types who are committed to Google services. Baked into the software is a high-security VPN program and/or a virtual workspace to allow workers to access Windows.
Microsoft, meanwhile is banking heavily on the new Windows 10 platform to attract more enterprise business and Apple is betting on it’s year-old partnership with IBM to push sales of its iPad geared towards business users. The battle for the corporate dollar is heating up and, hopefully, the enterprise divisions of companies will be the better for it.
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