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Head-To-Head: HP Chromebook 13 Vs. Dell Chromebook 13

The CRN Test Center takes a look at two Chromebooks that pack more power -- and style -- than the traditional Chromebook.

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A New Breed Of Chromebook

The humble Chromebook -- that low-priced, bare-bones class of laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS -- -may be having a moment. Research firm IDC reported this month that sales of Chromebooks, which are made by numerous manufacturers, in fact topped Mac sales during the first quarter of the year -- for the first time ever. Chromebooks have succeeded so far at penetrating markets that can get by with browser-based computing, such as education, noted Stephen Monteros, vice president of business development at Ontario, Calif.-based solution provider Sigmanet, speaking to CRN last week.

The next frontier, though, would appear to be bringing the Chromebook concept to a different type of user -- the mobile professional. It's something several manufacturers are trying out now, including HP Inc. and Dell, which both have offerings with more power and style (and a higher price point) than the traditional Chromebook. They also share a name -- both HP and Dell have dubbed their laptops the Chromebook 13. So how does the HP Chromebook 13 stack up versus Dell's Chromebook 13? In the following slides the CRN Test Center compares the price and specs for the two laptops.

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