Dell Chromebook 13, Core i5-5300U
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Chromebook 13, Core i5-5300U
Source: Expert Reviews Archive.org version
The Dell Chromebook 13 is undoubtedly a premium Chromebook, but Chrome OS still doesn’t really justify the need for such wanton specifications. In all fairness, this is a complaint which can also be levelled at the Chromebook Pixel as well, but when Google's Chromebook offers so much more for less once you add in VAT, the top-end Chromebook 13 is difficult to recommend.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Wired Magazine Archive.org version
The Dell comes as close to the ideal Chromebook as anything I’ve tested. The catch is that you’ll pay for it. It’s probably best compared directly to the only Chromebook that’s more powerful and pricier—the Pixel. If you want a high-end Chromebook and don’t mind spending $900 for it, the Dell bests the Pixel in many ways, including battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/07/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper Archive.org version
Unless you simply crave a touch screen, the $799 Dell Chromebook 13 is a formidable rival to the class-leading $999 Google Pixel, and maybe even the $1,299 Core i7 Pixel. One touch of its carbon-fiber lid and you'll be spoiled for ordinary Chromebook construction—even that of excellent contenders like the Toshiba Chromebook 2, which also has a 13.3-inch IPS 1,920x1,080 display and was just refreshed with a choice of Celeron or Core i3 power.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: The Dell Chromebook 13, Core i5-5300U is a stylish yet discrete looking device built for the business oriented crowd. There is a backlit chiclet-style keyboard and a precision touchpad with seamless glass integrated buttons to aid with navigation ergonomics. The overall chassis is solid yet lightweight for optimal portability and lid is a modern carbon-fibre textured panel. Display on the Dell Chromebook 13 is a 13.3 inch FHD panel with touch or non-touch options. Either option comes with sufficient quality in the sharpness and color saturation.
The Dell Chromebook 13 comes with an Intel Core i5-5300U processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU and a 32 GB SSD. Connectivity on the device is done through an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11AC card as Chrome OS is mostly dependent on its Internet connection. Other features on the Dell Chromebook 13, Core i5-5300U are in the form of a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a HDMI 1.4 out, and a microSD slot. Battery life on the device is impressive with a 6-cell pack rated at 67 Wh allowing for extended working on the go.
Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
5300U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Dell: Dell is a U.S. manufacturer (based in Texas) of computer hardware founded in 1984 and is one of the largest international manufacturers in terms of both market share and notebook models. Its product line includes desktops, notebooks, storage systems, monitors, servers, printers, consumer electronics and peripherals. Dell offers laptops that are suitable for various applications, such as business laptops, gaming laptops, ultra portables and workstations. Dell's business laptops from the Latitude and Precision series are an option for professional users and businesses.
In 2023, Dell had an approximate 17% market share of global PC sales, ranking #3 after Lenovo and HP.
For gaming enthusiasts, Dell's Alienware brand is for gaming notebooks.
70%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.