When purchasing this laptop, it is important to keep a few things in mind. This computer probably costs less than your smartphone and/or tablet, in fact, your sneakers might even cost a bit more - which means there are tradeoffs to make and trying to compare this computer to something that costs $200 more would be a mistake. For one, it is not the fastest of processors, it only has 4GB of RAM (which is 2GB more than most other systems around the same cost), and it only has a 32GB "hard drive" (it's really MMC). Yes, it is also made of plastic, it has no fancy OLED, it's not even a 1080p screen resolution (just 1366x768), and the screen does have an ugly bezel around it. ...so, we could probably assume that you are not buying this computer to play the latest games or to show off at the local coffee shop. So why buy this computer? Perhaps you're the type of person that only browses the web and checks email, or maybe you just want to play some basic games from the Windows App Store and watch YouTube videos, maybe you're buying for a senior citizen or a child in your family who's just getting started with computers, perhaps you just want a computer to tinker with and install a Linux distro, you just need something to keep connected to a 3D printer or a security camera, or maybe you travel and need something to view pictures or other documents on the go and don't feel like carrying your more powerful heavy laptop or risk the loss of your super expensive flagship laptop/tablet. In my case, I just needed something to run specific software a few times a month that could connect to an HDMI source, was portable, and I would not be super concerned if someone accidently breaks it or feels like borrowing it and never returning it (I call it stealing).
So far, I am happy with how the computer runs, in fact, I was expecting something much slower and like the netbooks from a few years ago. This computer is a bit strange compared to other similar choices since it has an AMD A6 instead of an Intel Celeron (do not compare to an i3 - that's just a different category) and 4GB of RAM. The AMD processor clocks higher than the Intel, perhaps helping the system perform a bit better. The 4GB of RAM might sound better than the competing units that only have 2GB or RAM; however, the AMD processor needs about 50% more memory than the Intel counterpart. The AMD does include entry level Radeon R4 graphics, which is another plus over intel. Since the computer only has 32GB for storage, after uninstalling 2 pieces of McAfee software (get rid of it and just use Windows defender), installing Office 2016, and the software I needed, I'm only left with 4.12GB; but, that's not a problem since I stuck a 256GB Micro SD into it and have everything I need on there. Finally, there's battery life - if you need the battery life over performance, go with the Inspiron 11 that has the Celeron CPU. Battery life on this machine is about as bad as it was with the netbooks of the past, perhaps about 4-5 hours with the screen at half brightness and trying to get work done at the same time; which is bad considering my normal laptop gets about 9 hours doing the same thing. If you really dim it and aren't listening to audio or watching videos, you may be able to squeeze 9 hours or so out of the system; where most higher-end computers today may get about 12 hours or more. Performance wise, if you want something with more processing power and better graphics, get this model with an AMD processor; if you prefer better battery life, get the Intel Celeron model. In using the word "performance" I don't mean going from a scooter to a crotch rocket; but, depending on what you are doing it can make a difference.
In some reviews people are complaining that the computer is slow right out of the box - that's because computers with these specs can't multitask so well and when you first open there's likely tons of updates to install from Microsoft and Dell. It's also probably trying to synch your OneDrive or Dropbox if you set those up when prompted (I would ignore the OneDrive/Dropbox prompts until the other updates are done and you format a micro-SD card). I let mines run for about 6 hours and checked it every 2 hours or so since it required restarts - and no, it won't take 6 hours to install the updates, it's just because I hate sitting and waiting and even went on a long hike with the dogs while the computer updated. Once those updates are 100% completed, the computer should boot-up in a matter of seconds, and apps like Word, Excel, and OneNote boot-up in about 6-8 seconds. The one bug I've encountered is when going into Settings - sometimes the app just stalls and doesn't fully open, just close it and restart it and it'll open quickly; a Microsoft or Dell update might fix this.
Like I said, this computer won't make a fashion statement; but, it's not ugly and does not feel as cheap as similar models. If you just want a computer for basic tasks or a secondary computer that's not so powerful, this machine won't disappoint. The form factor is pretty awesome, and it would be cool if Dell ever considered making an 11" XPS or even Alienware model (granted, it would be a lot more $$).