Introduction, Design Features
When it comes to any unstable computer, sturdiness is always a concern. No matter how many we try to take caring of a laptops, they are always open to some-more wear and rip than a desktop typically would be. But if any organisation of users puts that sturdiness to a test, it’s school-age kids.
Just about anything that kids lift to and from propagandize gets thrown into a same trek as their hard-cornered books, lunchboxes, H2O bottles, pencil cases, and whatever else a day demands. When one of those things is a laptop, this can be a recipe for disaster…and a potentially costly one during that.
While Chromebooks are comparatively inexpensive compared to many laptops, we still don’t wish to see anything you’ve spent a few hundred bucks on get reduced to rubble in a kid’s backpack. And that’s where a Dell Chromebook 3189 2-in-1 for Education comes into a conversation. Designed and marketed for use in K-12 preparation environments, it has been ruggedized to tarry standard use by a grade-schooler in whichever of a modes it is focussed into. Even if students never reserve them in their bags and are only released these Chromebooks for classroom use, these machines can hoop a unavoidable classroom drops, bumps, and roughhousing, being tested to MIL-STD 810G standards for factors such as startle and quivering resistance.
The 11.6-inch Dell Chromebook 3189 doesn’t stop just at being hardy. It also offers support for Google’s G Suite for Education, that includes a accumulation of collection that teachers and school/district record administrators can use to some-more effectively correlate with students, guard complement use, and lane tyro progress. And if it’s going to be loaned out to students by a propagandize or district, it’s useful that we can pointer in to this appurtenance regulating mixed accounts and/or use it as a guest (albeit with some-more limited access).
Among a facilities we get entrance to, as a product of a support for Google Education, is Google Classroom. While it isn’t utterly as strong as a loyal training government complement (LMS) or a march government complement (CMS), Google Classroom offers a series of collection that teachers and learners can use to promulgate and work with any other. (See a outline of a tip training government systems from a sister site, PCMag.com.)
The Dell Chromebook 3189 2-in-1 can be had for as tiny as $342 a section during a time of this review. Priced during $369, a specific examination indication came versed with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor with 4GB of memory, and an 11.6-inch IPS hold shade with a local fortitude of 1,366×768. Local storage is granted by a 32GB eMMC drive. Most students won’t be storing many on a Chromebook itself, yet if, for whatever application, that’s not enough, Google’s G Suite for Education offers tons of cloud-storage space during no additional cost.
Users during schools or districts that have some-more than 4 users, in fact, get total cloud-based storage on Google Drive. And even those during organizations that have fewer than 5 users get entrance to 1TB of space, that is tough to protest about.
This is many reduction a kind of laptop that you’d buy in single-unit quantities than by a gold for deployment opposite a category or an educational lab. But even if we opt for only one, you’ll find this section to be a healthy step above an off-the-shelf Chromebook in terms of ruggedness, concentration on a aim audience, and design.
Dell Chromebook 11 i3 that it effectively replaces. The good news is that with that additional weight comes some additional acerbity and protection.
With a Chromebook 3189 closed, a outward of a tip lid sports a shiny, scratch-resistant covering. The tip corners are ornate by a Chrome trademark on a left and a tiny LED ribbon during right. The latter is a Dell Activity Light, an warning that students can trigger onscreen to let their teachers know when they’re ready, have questions, and a like. (It’s useful during exams, to give a heads-up but disrupting a rest of a class.) And nearby a core of a cover, you’ll find a china Dell logo.
Along a left edge, when confronting a front of a system, you’ll find dual first-generation USB 3.1 ports with Type-A connectors, a full-size HDMI port, a MicroSD memory-card reader, and a pier for a 65-watt energy adapter.
The right corner is barer, with a multiple headset/microphone jack nearby a front, a confidence close container nearby a behind (the Noble Wedge type, not Kensington), and an activity light, energy button, and volume rocker in between.
The front and behind edges competition no buttons or lights during all. But you’ll notice that all of a edges, including a edge around a display’s perimeter, are lonesome by a rubber fender that helps strengthen a Chromebook 3189 2-in-1 from random repairs from bumps and teenager drops.
Pop a Chromebook 3189 open, and you’ll find a 11.6-inch IPS hold screen. While we were a tiny unhappy that a fortitude was 1,366×768, not 1080p, a beating finished there. The arrangement is splendid and offering good observation angles, and a hold shade was responsive. And a hinge allows we to pitch a arrangement all a approach back, permitting we to use a complement in laptop, tablet, tent, or mount mode.
The inclusion of a comparatively low-resolution shade here creates sense, if we consider about it. The 1,366×768 local fortitude is indeed a good fit for a row distance of 11.6 inches; otherwise, during a aloft resolution, icons tend to be too small. (And in a 2-in-1, where hold matters, we don’t wish icons a distance of pips.) Also, a lower-resolution shade will preserve battery runtime contra a 1080p panel. If you’re anticipating that your Chromebooks will continue a full propagandize day but a recharge, we wish sum like that on your side.
Opposite a arrangement is a full-size keyboard with Chiclet-style keys, with a far-reaching hold pad next it, mounted in a center. Both a keys and a hold pad are hermetic off internally from spills, serve assisting to strengthen a complement from a extract boxes and divert cartons of ill fortune.
The keyboard feels designed to take a pounding, too. The pivotal feel is firm, and we can feel a firm build of a framework underneath it. Even tantrum-throwing tiny fists would have a pursuit creation a hole in it.
Likewise, a underside is a sealed, imperishable expanse…
For wireless connectivity, a Chromebook 3189 offers 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support. And for storage, it comes versed with a 32GB cube of eMMC peep memory.
It is, perhaps, since of this form of memory (common in Chromebooks and really low-cost Windows machines) that a complement isn’t overly discerning to start up, holding about 14 seconds from when we strike a energy symbol to when a login box came up. But once it’s adult and running, opening was eager enough. And while 32GB is already a decent volume of space for a Chromebook, a bulk of students’ storage will be in a cloud.
Typically, there isn’t many to contend about program with a Chromebook; it’s all down to a apps we name to download from a Chrome OS store. But since a Chromebook 3189 is meant for education, users will get tiny some-more than only a Google Chrome OS. Google’s G Suite for Education offers a series of functions that work good for category use, however; over that, it’s adult to a administrators to name and conduct a app load. (Note: The Dell Activity Light we mentioned before requires a download of an app from a store.)
As distant as support goes, a Chromebook 3189 is stable by a one-year mail-in use warranty, yet we can ascent that to adult to 4 years and also supplement adult to 4 years of random repairs insurance when ordering.
Beyond a warranty, Dell offers a horde of accessories and interrelated rigging around a educational Chromebook ecosystems. Among them are a full-coverage box with handles, and a mobile transport for administrators, a Compact Charging Cart. It’s a $1,499 rolling section that can hoop adult to 36 of these models (and a few other education-oriented Dell models) in one charging load, vouchsafing we recharge a whole classroom’s value of these units overnight.