There is a fan and it is audible if there is no background noise. Mine is almost grindy but again its quiet enough you can't hear it in the presence of any background noise.
My air conditioning drowns it out easily.
On a side note best buy already has stopped accepting reviews on this chromebook.
Looks like they got their tech insider reviews and don't want anyone to talk about any shortcomings.
If you try to write one it gives you this:
"Thanks for your interest in leaving a review!
Sorry, but we’re no longer accepting reviews for this product."
So on that note I'll comment on it here and everywhere else if they try to censor this reply :)
thunderbolt4 when basically all other Chromebooks don't support thunderbolt at all
good ram and nice cpu. (much faster than what you'll get out of a cheaper model)
3:2 screen ratio is nice on a screen this size
touchscreen is as responsive as any good tablet
previously mentioned fan noise in a quiet environment. (not sure yet if it's just mine)
touchpad is good for clicking and somewhat for scrolling but zoom in/out sucks so get an external mouse for when you use it in laptop mode