Chromebooks are becoming an increasingly popular choice for anyone looking to get a cheap laptop and a basic computing experience. So much so that apparently Dell is having trouble keeping up with demand for its Chromebook 11 and has decided to momentarily halt sales of the laptop.
The device is currently listed as unavailable on the company's website, which asks potential customers to contact a sales representative instead to find out how to order the laptop. According to Dell spokeswoman Ellen Murphy, the device "continues to be available for education customers."
The Chromebook 11 sports a 4th-generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display, a 16GB SSD, and Intel integrated graphics. It comes in two versions: one has 2GB of RAM, and the other packs 4GB, while both support 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop started shipping in December and is priced at around $300.
“We are working with our procurement and product teams to recover inventory and offer it for sale again on Dell.com in the coming weeks”, Dell said.
Chromebooks accounted for 35% of all US commercial laptop shipments to date this year, up more than 250% compared to the same period last year, and 5% to 6% of overall consumer laptop sales in the same period.