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Dell Chromebook

I received a Dell Chromebook today to have a look at and have been doing a bit of testing with it.

I first net the device at BETT 2014 in London and was quite impressed and was keen to get my hands on one. Its taken until today to get one!

Performance Comparison
I ran Octane and Peacekeeper benchmarks on the Dell, Samsung Series 3 and a Google Pixel. These test JavaScript and HTML5 capabilities and performance.



Octane
Peacekeeper
Dell
Dell Octane*Dell Peacekeeper*
Samsung
Samsung Octane*Samsung Peacekeeper*
Pixel
Pixel Octane*Pixel Peacekeeper*
The Dell results are fairly typical of the newer Intel based Chromebooks. They are not that much behind the Pixel and to use, feel just as fast. These results are all from ChroemOS 34 stable channel.

It's interesting to note that Samsung are claiming that their Chromebook 2 will be 125% faster than the Series 3 benchmarked here. That would give it in Octane 7413 and Peacekeeper 2283, based on these benchmarks - still well behind the Dell and the other Intel based Chromebooks. Now I have tried the Samsung Chromebook 2 - but only on the Developer Channel and I did not have time to run the benchmarks - but it did seem a touch slower. Will benchmark next time I get my hands on one.

So it comes down to aesthetics and price. The Dell feels better built than the Acer C720 and performs just as well. However, it costs rather more.

A brief video tour of the device and a few photos:

IMG_20140410_133346.jpg*IMG_20140410_133355.jpg*

Screen-casting test:


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