The Dell Chromebook 11 3120 463-5179 11.6″ Inches (Blue Trim) has recently arrived at Promevo! With this device having the specs of a larger device in a smaller form factor, we were eager to take a look at this new Chromebook and run it through our battery of tests to see how it would perform.
What’s In The Box?
(1) Dell Chromebook 11 (1) Power Adapter (1) Quick Start Guide (1) Warranty, Safety, and Regulatory Information
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Case. The Dell Chromebook 11’s case looks similar to the previous model, with a blue rubber like material trim added around the edge of the device for added durability. The design is simple but refined, with a dark gray matte finish which does not show fingerprints, blue trim and a black Dell logo on the lid. The construction of this device feels sturdy and has some weight to it, being one of the heaviest 11.6” devices we have tested at 2.9 lbs.
Keyboard. The Dell Chromebook 11’s keyboard feels spacious for an 11.6’ device. It has low profile black keys with white letters. They are nearly silent while typing with a fast response time. Like all Chromebooks, there is no number pad. The keyboard is 10.75” across with the letter and number keys measuring 0.5625” x 0.5625”, and are not backlit. Overall, the keyboard is very comfortable to use, especially for an 11.6” Chromebook.
Touchpad. The touchpad on the Dell Chromebook 11 is one of the larger touchpads out there, measuring 3.94” x 2.25”. It has no visible buttons, and multi-touch capability. The touchpad also has a tactile feel with a click that you can both hear and feel when pressing down on it.
Display. The Dell Chromebook 11 has an 11.6” (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare HD LCD display, with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The bezel around the screen is about average sized, with the top and bottom measuring 1”, and the sides measuring 0.75”.
Speakers. The speakers on the Dell Chromebook 11 are located at the top of the of the keyboard by the hinge of the device. We turned up the speakers to the maximum to see what they could do, and we found that the Dell 11 had good volume and good sound quality. Even at a high volume, there was little-to-no distortion present.
Temperature. At the beginning of the test, we took a unit heat reading while the device was idle. The Dell Chromebook 11 measured a temperature of 79˚ F. After 1 hour of the WebGL’s Aquarium test, the temperature had risen to 95˚ F in the middle of the keyboard, 97˚ F in the middle of the underside, and 89˚ F in the HDMI port. At the end of the test, more than 4 hours after we started, the unit’s heat reading measured 99˚ F in the middle of the keyboard, 102˚ F in the middle of the underside, and 91˚ F in the HDMI port. While this temperature seems high, this is the temperature right by the processor and is not near where the user comes in contact with the device.
Battery Life. Battery life is an important aspect to consider when comparing Chromebooks. The test we used for battery life was the previously mentioned WebGL’s Aquarium test. We started the evaluation with a fully charged battery, WiFi on, and using 10 fish in the test. It took 4 hours and 37 minutes to fully drain the battery.
Boot Up Speed. Chrome OS devices are known for their fast boot up times, and the Dell Chromebook 11 does not disappoint. We timed 5 boot ups on the Chromebook 11 and finished with an average boot time of 6.99 seconds.
- 6.89 sec.
- 7.05 sec.
- 7.21 sec.
- 7.00 sec.
- 6.83 sec.
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WebGL Aquarium. For the next test we used WebGL’s Aquarium, which measures the frame rate for different amounts of 3D fish that are rendered in the browser. The higher the frame rate, the smoother the motion displayed on the screen. The Dell Chromebook 11 did very well.
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Google+ Browsing. We also took a look at Chrome’s built-in FPS counter to measure frame rate and smoothness when scrolling through a site with dynamically generated content. For our test, we used a Google+ page. The counter was stable as content was loading with very little faltering when scrolling down the page, staying between 15-60 fps.
HD Video Test. To test HD video playback, we used the Nvidia PureVideo HD Test video on YouTube using the “Stats for Nerds” feature, which can be accessed by clicking on the video’s context menu. We played the video on 720p (the highest resolution that can be displayed at 1366 × 768), and video playback was very smooth with 0 dropped frames for the entire length of the video.
We evaluated the Dell Chromebook 11 3120 463-5179 11.6″ Inches (Blue Trim) design, performance, and battery life and discovered the Dell Chromebook 11 to be a fast and easy to use 11.6” Chromebook. Additionally, we found that the Dell Chromebook 11 has an average boot up speed of 6.99 seconds, an octane score of about 8,467 plugged in, and exceptional HD video performance. The Dell Chromebook 11’s sturdy design and sound performance are sure to make it a strong option in the Chromebook marketplace.
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