Since Google’s Chrome OS went mainstream, many well-known manufacturers have adopted it and created laptops running the web-based OS. The 11-inch Dell Chromebook 3189 is one of the company’s offerings in the Chromebook category.
First off, this laptop comes in a clamshell form factor with rounded edges. There is a strip of rubber round the outer edges for protection against dropping. The design language is plain without any bell or whistles.
The Chromebook 3189 measures 12 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches and weighs 3.2 pounds. At less than 1 inch thick, this laptop is an ultra-portable one that can easily be slipped into and out of your backpack.
Dell claims that this laptop is highly durable after passing various tests; as a result, it keeps working even after dropping. It also has a water-resistant keyboard for protection against liquids.
The Chromebook 3189 by Dell sports an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. And as a 2-in-1 laptop, can be turned to form a tablet or turned mid-way for use in tent mode.
The display has a good color reproduction and is just bright enough for outdoor use. The viewing angles on this display are also great allowing you to view the display comfortably from the sides.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The water-resistant keyboard on this laptop is good enough for typing. With its 1.4mm key travel and 63 grams actuation force, this keyboard has good feedback.
On the other hand, the highly sensitive touchpad is large enough to accommodate three fingers at a time. Just to add, this touchpad lacks any visible buttons.
One of Intel’s low-end CPUs, the Celeron N3060, is at the show-runner for this laptop. 4gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage complete the package.
The Dell Chromebook 3189 runs on Chrome OS with native support for running Android apps as well. Since this is a low-end laptop, you should not expect top-notch performance from it.
Lasting for an average of 9 hours on web surfing, the Dell Chromebook 3189 has a great battery life when compared to some other budget laptops. This means that you shouldn’t have to worry much after a power outage.
Ports and Connectivity
Disappointingly, the Dell Chromebook 3189 has only 2 USB ports and an SD card slot for connecting externals.
Price and Availability
You can readily get the Chromebook 3189 from leading online stores starting at about $330.
Specs at a Glance
|Maximum screen resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|CPU||Intel Celeron N3060|
|Dimensions||12 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches|
The most impressive feature of the Dell Chromebook 3189 is its long-lasting battery. In addition, this 2-in-1 laptop would have been a great buy but for its price; there are less expensive Chromebooks with similar specs.
All in all, if you are a student with a reliable Internet connection, you can get this budget laptop.
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