Is the Dell Chromebook 13 the best yet?

Chromebooks are dominating the budget-laptop market; can Dell now make an impact on the high-end market?

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Chromebooks are cheap (and cheerful). They’re plasticky, flimsy and short on specs - but serve a purpose and they’re kind of loveable, in their plucky laptop way. Dell is set to rival the Pixel in the premium Chromebook movement. Introducing the Dell Chromebook 13: a new high-end device with improved specs and build quality.

The device is set to cost $400 (~£256) for the base model, with the price topping out at $700 (~£448) if you opt for some of extra specs.

The new Dell Chromebook 13 is focusing on build quality and internal specs. The most noticeable upgrade is the material it’s made from. Dell will make this Chromebook out of aluminum and magnesium alloy, instead of the bouncy plastic you’ve been accustomed to.

It doesn’t end there. There’s a 1080p, 13in screen, a glass trackpad, Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 12-hour battery life. And that’s for the $400 (~£256) model!

Dell’s timing couldn’t be better. According to stats from NPD, the appetite for notebooks is bigger than ever, with Chromebooks “sales up 38% over 2014 and, for the first time, exceeding sales of Windows notebooks and passing the 50% market share”.

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