We’ve seen the rise of Chromebooks become more popular in the Classroom, and now it’s time for some of its competitors to fight back to regain some of the market. To do just that, Dell’s announcing a new Windows-based laptop for the education market, while the other is a ChromeOS powered one.
The two models that they announced is a new version of their Latitude series laptops, and Chromebook 11. Both come in a convertible form factor with a 360-degree hinge, as well as the usually ruggedized design that’s built to withstand the daily classroom use, such as shock protection and sealed keyboards for water/spill protection.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Latitude is being powered by Intel’s seventh-generation Pentium and Celeron processors, while the Chromebook runs sixth-generation Celeron chipsets. Both models also support Dell’s optional Productivity Active Pen.
Dell also had a previous line of 11 and 13-inch Latitude laptops and Chromebooks. Both of those are also getting a refresh with a slimmer while still ruggedized design. Processor upgrades are also included, with the Latitude version getting more options than the Chromebook model. There are seventh-generation Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for the Windows version, while the Chromebooks are stuck at sixth-generation Celerons.
The newly announced education laptops will be available starting February 7th. As far as pricing is concerned, The convertible Latitude and Chromebook 11 models will start at $579 and $349, respectively. On the other hand, the non-convertible models will go for $349 and $249. The more premium models have an asking price of $519 and $229, respectively.
Alongside the announcement of the new laptops, Dell also unveiled two new interactive Touch 4K displays. One comes in with a 55-inch display, while the other has an 86-inch display. These are primarily meant for teachers and staff who want a large, interactive, and collaborative screen for classrooms and/or meetings. Both have a DisplayPort and VGA connections, as well as HDMI support. While we don’t know the specifics, they will be available on March 30th, and around $5,000 for the smaller model and $11,000 for the bigger one.