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Looking for “the best” Chromebook available? Two recent reviews of the Dell Chromebook 11 for education suggest that’s the model to get and you don’t have to be a student to buy one.

Chromebook 11 Notebook

Dell’s Chromebook for education clearly isn’t just for students since anyone can purchase one directly from Dell. The company’s site is taking orders for two models costing $279 and $299, with units in stock and ready to go: Order one today and Dell will ship it tomorrow. A pair of recent reviews consider Dell’s Chromebook entry the best currently available.dell chromebook front

The only difference between the two models is the amount of internal memory. The base $279 unit comes with 2 GB of RAM and an extra $20 doubles the memory to 4 GB. After using Chromebooks with both memory options for the past two years, I’d highly recommend the 4 GB version. It’s a small investment that will allow the Chromebook to open a larger number of browser tabs and apps smoothly.

Aside from that, everything else is the same between the two. They run on the now-common fourth-generation Intel 2955U Celeron processor, use an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and include 16 GB of flash storage. Wireless connections come from the 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. Also included are an integrated webcam, a pair of USB ports — one USB 2.0, the other the newer USB 3.0 — an HDMI interface and a memory card reader.

Dell suggests the battery life for these is between 8 and 10 hours. The Verge tested it at 10 hours, 18 minutes in a battery-rundown test in itsreview. Actual usage topped 8 hours through regular use. The Verge also liked the keyboard and overall quality of the Chromebook, although at 2.9 pounds it’s a little heavy. The full review is worth the read, as is one from The Wirecutter that named the Dell Chromebook its best Chrome OS laptop currently available.

  1. Is it possible with one of these to install Windows 7 to an external drive and boot from it optionally?

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    1. I haven’t seen anyone able to boot Windows on a Chromebook yet; the closest to a second OS is using a script to install a different version of Linux using the same kernel; see: http://gigaom.com/2013/03/05/video-chromebook-pixel-running-chrome-os-and-linux-simultaneously/ That actually runs the two Linux environments at the same time. Chromebooks are pretty locked down at the BIOS level.

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  2. I have used both the HP Chromebook 11 and the Dell Chromebook 11. I would not call the Dell 11 the best? The HP is lighter, well built, great screen quality, and the speakers under the keyboard sound amazing. The HP was on the market in the fall. Dell is late to the party but I was hoping for the best. They made their unit heavier, the screen is dull by contrast. The battery life is better. The WiFi card is N not AC. In contrast to HP and Samsung, Dell is clunky and the screen is dull. The Samsung Chromebook 2 soon to be on the market is the one I would dub the best. All the best qualities of the HP plus WiFi AC,

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  3. VMware Horizon might be what you are looking for. It is a Windows Server desktop virtualization. VMware is even offering a rebate program if you sign up for their service as a Chromebook buyer. It also comes with an public IP, so you can presumably use it for virtual hosting of web services if you were so inclined.

    google VMWare Horizon DaaS

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  4. The Dell Chromebook 11 is certainly very nice. The best Chromebook though? That’s a difficult one!

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