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Dell Launches Chromebook 5000 Series For Education, Starting at $289

Apparently, January is the choice time to launch education-focused Chromebooks in 2018. Granted, between CES and the BETT (British Educational Training and Technology show), the time is pretty ripe for announcements. Additionally, these new Chromebook offerings are now all in line for upcoming budget decisions for school systems that don’t routinely stick to to a calendar year budget cycle.

Either way, it is very clear that everyone wants in on the Chromebook education market this year. Of the major manufacturers, only Samsung is left without a recent update to its student-focused Chromebook lineup. ASUS didn’t start shipping the Flip C213 until later in 2017, so I don’t expect to see anything from them. HP, Lenovo, and Acer have already announced their upcoming lineups before Dell.

What’s On Offer From Dell

So far, Dell isn’t being very forthright with specs and details, but we can tell you what we know. We’re looking at a range of devices from convertibles to clamshells with extreme durability and battery life.

Dell is claiming rigorous testing on these models and they should be able to survive just about any classroom. With scratch-resistant displays, reinforced hinges, spill-resistant keyboards and high levels of drop resistance, it seems Dell has done the work to make these Chromebooks last.

From Dell’s press release:

The Dell Chromebook 5000 series is built to withstand common accidents that may happen in the classroom or on the go with a new robust chassis design that survives 48-inch drop tests and 30-inch drop tests onto steel (the approximate height of a classroom desk on the harshest possible surface). Plus, Dell is the first Chromebook manufacturer with the ability to claim its devices can withstand 10,000 micro-drops. With 4-inch drops performed in multiple angles, Dell could replicate student device damage seen at two to four-year usage.

Dell is also adding world-facing camera and EMR pen support to get it on par with what ASUS already has in the market and HP, Acer, and Lenovo have announced. The only other spec details given are Intel Celeron processors (Apollo Lake) and USB-C. It is tough to tell from the image, but my bet would be 2 USB-A and 2 USB-C ports as we’ve seen on many other devices.

No word currently on storage space, RAM, or screen type (TN, IPS, etc.), so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more details as this develops. Starting at $289, Dell does look to have a contender on its hands for a prime spot in many classrooms.

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Source: Dell

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  • What I want to know is if Dell modified the Chrome OS UI to allow objects like shortcuts/links directly on the desktop. One can dream. (Android widgets please.)

    It's far more likely that promo image is the result of some marketing douche that doesn't understand Chrome OS and thus has no clue how to represent it correctly.

  • Interesting. The previous Dell Chromebook 13's (top specced) was really among the best chromebooks you could buy for a long time. Hoping to see some top tier options for this one as well.

  • That photo shows a machine so thick it could be two thin-and-light staked on each other. But at least, one year after the other OEMs, Dell is doing away with Braswell and moving to Apollo Lake.

  • Bett has been draped in Microsoft colours this year - Microsoft has become the "Worldwide Sponsor" for the British Educational Training and Technology trade show. This is despite the success of Google in the Education sector in the UK. Despite Microsoft's charm offensive Chromebooks are making there presence felt at Bett 2018 - impressive new education focused Chromebooks from Lenovo, Dell and Acer have been introduced at the trade show this year. Lenovo, by far, has introduced the broadest and best defined range of Chromebooks. The vaunted price advantage of Chromebooks though has entirely disappeared, however. Alongside every education Chromebook released by Lenovo at Bett is a Windows model that is largely identical to it in hardware terms. The prices, too, for equivalent models, are the same.

    In a sign that Microsoft isn't just trying to buy respectability in the education sphere though - which is what the Worldwide Sponsor thing is about, no doubt - but is willing to put real effort into clawing back market share lost to Google, Microsoft announced it would be partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools. That is an impressive list of partners. If anyone imagined that Microsoft was just going to roll over without resistance and cede the Education sector to Google they were mistaken. Google is going to have to fight for every sale. So, now we have an interesting situation.

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