A Good Chromebook

Is there really such a thing as a great Chromebook? Maybe. Until now, Chromebooks seem to be down in the sub $300 piece of crap or the "why would anyone spend $1000 on one" categories. Last week Dell introduced the Chromebook 13 (clever name, boys) and with it, a reason that some people may actually consider using one.

According to some info found over at arstechnica, the 13 has some enticing qualities. It's easier to throw these into a list so take a look:

  • Fifth generation Intel chips
  • Full range of ports including HDMI, USB 3.0, and SD card slot
  • Same quality build and materials found on higher end XPS models
  • Plenty of configuration options including up to 8GB of RAM, 32GB flash storage, and 1080p IPS display, with and without touch
  • 12 hour battery life

Even though it's not due out until September, all of this makes the 13 a lot to look forward to. The base price is $399 and it maxes out at $899. Details on what's between aren't available, but I would personally go for a Core i5/16GB SSD/4GB RAM configuration. And don't forget the 1080p non-touch display. If those internals end up living in the $500-ish neighborhood, then I think we may finally have a good Chromebook.