Dell Chromebook 13 3380 (Celeron 3855U, 4GB) Laptop Review

Chromebook in 13 inch is something hard to see in the market right now because of most of products are available in either of 11 inch and 15 inch one. It seems that users are not interested on this case and becomes the main reason why the manufacture would not dare to do it. But, recently Dell announced the Chromebook 13 3380 and can be a game changing here. The device features of 13 inch screen display alongside with decent hardware specification and robust design. It costs for just under 300 dollars and considered as affordable enough to afford by most everyone.

I have seen some good reviews about this system from both of reviewers and users because of its relatively decent performance and its high quality design. I decided to make a review about it and turn out to be something better than I expect. I was impressed on what Dell has done here and only leave overall some bad impression. I just think the 16GB storage must be bigger and should be at least at 32GB here. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

They maintain the 3380 as the streamline machine for students who need something to carry around easily and should fit their needs. Unfortunately, its weight is quite heavy for a 13 inch device here. The weight is measured at around 1.61 kg and having of 23 mm thickness. Compared to its competitor, then you should see a big difference here. In good way, the build quality is impressive as the chassis features a durable plastic and surrounded by rubber finishing around its edges. These rubbers will hold its weight when it’s slipped from your hands.

Unlike the other Chromebook which features of 360 degree rotating system, you cannot find a similar feature here. The hinge system is locked to only up to 160 degree and not coming with touchscreen support. I find this case as not a big problem considering most users will use it keyboard and touchpad over the touchscreen for work. As for the connectivity, it has of dual USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, micro SD reader, Bluetooth 4.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack for plugging your headphone. No Ethernet port is available and might bother some users here.

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Display and Input

Dell Chromebook 13 3380 2 The 13 inch display featured here is quite decent in term of quality. The panel still feature of 1366 x 768 or an HD resolution, but it does not look bad enough at this screen size. It looks bad in 15 inch, but relatively okay in 13 inch one. The panel featured here is TN and the viewing angle is limited. You can clearly see everything from the front angle, but not when you see it from left and right sides. The thing is actually pretty normal considering TN panel is well known for its limited angle of point and view. The brightness is measured for under 250 nits, so make sure to adjust the brightness little bit during outdoor usage.

Moving into the work support, we have of Chiclet style keyboard that I think as good enough for daily usage. The keys are well space and probably feel better to touch here compared to what we find in Chromebook Flip C302CA because its keyboard is small. The backlit support is nowhere to find here, but the keys are relatively soft and will resist to our stresses during our busy work. The water spill proof design is featured and won’t make you a trouble when you accidentally spill some water into your
keyboard.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:16:35

Dell Chromebook 13 3380Main Specs
CPU Intel Celeron 3855U Dual Core 1.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13 Inch TN HD
OS Chrome OS
Memory 4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 16GB EMMC

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Performance and Battery

The Chrome OS running in this system is powered by Intel Celeron 3855U which is a dual core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. In term of performance, this processor is basically a more powerful version than the common Celeron processor we see in the market right now. It features of higher clock rate at 1.6 GHz compared to Celeron N3060 that just features of 1.1 GHz. With the higher CPU clock, of course both of performances in single core and multi cores are slightly increased. I manage to open more than 20 tabs in Chrome without showing any lag or stuttering with its 4GB of RAM. The problem is not a serious here.

During its marketing, Dell promises 10 hours of battery life in real day usage and this claim is quite relatively true. For most all of time, I always have of 9 hours and 45 minutes of battery usage for browsing, editing document, and streaming videos test. I set the brightness into 40 percent and running around a while for nonstop. For me, 9 hours is more than enough to finish almost every single thing in a day. You probably only need to charge it once and leaves the remaining of battery for later.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:16:35
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Final Thought

The Chromebook 3380 is a must have laptop for students who love to have something powerful, but having a low budget on their pocket. The performance and battery life are probably the biggest selling point to expect here. We also should not forget about its durable design as it comes with ruggedized material and spill proof keyboard. I just want to make a complain toward its small storage although most of our works are done in browser here. Feel free to take any consideration as the choice is always on you. Thank you very much for reading the article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.




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