Dell has unleashed three new Chromebooks, one of which is a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop – alongside matching Latitude notebooks running Windows 10. All designed for a classroom setting. But among the bunch, the highlight is a 2-in-1 laptop that can be used in a traditional way, folded in a tent formation, or have its screen flipped all the way around like a tablet.
The hybrid 2-in-1 laptop is a machine aimed at the classroom, it’s built to be tough with the likes of a rubberized shock-proof trim, and a spill-proof keyboard (pretty standard for these sort of portables).
A model running Windows 10 and including a stylus support, newer processor, and a world-facing camera for the tablet mode will be available, but it will be known as the Latitude 11 Convertible. Both versions already launched, along with the Chrome OS model selling for $349 and the Windows model for $579. The hybrid laptop has a 360-degree hinge to enable for use in stand or tent mode – for watching movies, dramas, presentations and the like – or the screen can be folded fully back, flat against its keyboard, in tablet mode.
All of these laptop has company’s fully-sealed keyboards, which the Dell told us that will survive spills of all kinds, without any limitations. That beats most laptop keyboards, which can survive 11 ounces of water only, and even offer no protection from spills of sugary juices that can gum up the works.
Dell’s announcement arrived just right alongside Google’s renewed push to get Chromebooks into schools. Just yesterday, Asus and Acer both announced 11-inch convertible Chromebooks of their own, with one supporting a stylus. It seems like Google has ideas about what this notebook should be bringing to the table this year, and it has a few partners getting that configuration out there.