While Windows might continue to be the dominant force in schools across the country, Google’s Chrome OS continues to rise as a shining star, thanks to a cheaper price tag and less troublesome interface. Powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB SSD, Dell’s Chromebook 11 is built specifically with students in mind. Weighing 3.22 pounds, the Dell is made for student wear and tear courtesy of a durable construction that passes military standards for dirt, dust, pressure, temperature, humidity, shock and vibration.
The optional touchscreen is ideal for students who might already be used to a touchscreen computer in their home, so they can quickly switch between tabs. Without Microsoft’s Office platform, students will have to stick to Google’s suite of Office-like replacements, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, which are very mature and equally capable.