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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A FAST Professional Chromebook!

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    lambda100
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    When I heard that Dell was coming out with a premium chromebook for mainstream consumer and business use, I jumped at the opportunity to try the new Inspiron 14” 2-in-1 touchscreen chromebook. Here's what I like about the Inspiron 14” chromebook: +It’s equipped with an Intel core i3, 8th generation processor. It’s not some cheaper celeron or pentium processor. +4GB of RAM. This is plenty for a chromebook, but 8GB would have been nice for some heavy duty multi-tasking work and to stay ahead of the competition. +128 gb of eMMC flash memory, which is more than sufficient for onboard storage for all the apps that you’ll be downloading. If that’s not enough for you, there is a micro SD slot for expandable memory for your pictures, videos, music, documents, etc. +Love the 14” screen size. 13”-14” laptops are the perfect size in portability for traveling as it’s easy for carrying in your hand or putting away in a bag or backpack. +At 4 lbs., it’s relatively light for a 14” chromebook. +Premium look and feel. The exterior shell has a smooth gray ash color to make it look like a metallic finish. On first glance someone might just mistaken it for a Dell XPS. +Beautiful 14” full HD screen. Vibrant colors and contrast, with wide viewing angles. This is a glossy screen, so be careful of placement next to windows or bright lights otherwise you’ll see lots of reflection. +Backlit keyboard. Kudos to Dell for including a backlit keyboard. Although I don’t need a backlit keyboard, the white lights that illuminate the keys below look cool. Speaking of the keyboard, it has just the right amount of keystroke travel for good tactile feedback. Spacing of the keys should also suffice for larger hands. I type a lot, and I didn’t experience any fatigue in using the keyboard. +Smooth and responsive trackpad. +2-in-1 so it can fold up into tablet mode. Hinges are firm and strong. +It comes with a stylus that is unobtrusively stored in a compartment underneath the laptop and can easily be overlooked if you’re not paying attention. The stylus glides across the screen effortlessly, and responds well and adjusts to the variation of pressure applied at the tip. The stylus is useful for the occasions that I need to jot down quick notes or sketch up some ideas during business meetings. +Excellent connectivity for a premium chromebook: 2 x usb type c ports, 1 x usb 3.0 type A port, micro SD slot, and 3.5mm aux for headphones/headset. I’m really pleased Dell includes 2 usb type c ports, one on each side of the chromebook. The chromebook can also be re-charged at either port, so that means you can conveniently connect the power cord to the type c connector at which ever side is closer to the a/c wall outlet. +This Dell Chromebook is FAST. It boots from cold start in 3-4 seconds. From sleep, it will wake up in an instant. Apps load with lightning speed. I put my Dell XPS laptop side by side with the Dell chromebook for a non-scientific test on how fast they each load webpages, and I was surprised to see that the chromebook loaded complete web pages half a second to a full second faster than my XPS. Perhaps the chromebook’s Chrome OS is optimized to take advantage of its primary function for web access. +Long Battery. I got around 7.5 hrs on half brightness, running bluetooth speakers, streaming movies, and playing games. I’m sure under normal usage, the battery should last 8-10 hrs. This beats some of the best Windows laptops. +Access to both the Chrome Web Store AND the entire Google Play Store. The addition of the Google Play Store is a big deal and is the game changing thing that Google needed to make the chromebooks have greater mainstream appeal! While the Chrome Web Store continues to grow its apps, themes, and extensions, it is the familiar Android Google Play Store that has the treasure trove of apps that we are all accustomed to using on our Android phones. And now it is included in the new chromebooks such as this Dell 14” 2-in-1 chromebook. I think the sale of chromebooks is going to take off because of this. +Casual Gaming. With the Google Play Store now available on the latest Chromebooks, you’ll have your pick of games. I tried out Asphalt 8, which is a car racing game. Although the Dell chromebook is not a gaming machine, graphics rendering frame rate and game play are silky smooth with the i3 processor and integrated graphics. Not once did it skp frames or paused during play. Needless to say, I was impressed. The Dell 14” 2-in-1 chromebook has a lot of positives going for it, but it’s definitely not perfect. Here are some of the things that I found to be okay or neutral: -Just like any other laptop out there, you can’t expect dynamic range from the built-in speakers. It’s definitely clear enough for dialogue, and audio with lots of treble. Best to use external speakers or headphones. -The webcam is just mediocre. Images and videos are satisfactory, but not crisp and clear. The webcam definitely doesn’t handle variation of lighting well. If you have differences in lighting, it will either over expose or under expose. -In today’s age of thin to non-existent bezels, the Dell 14” chromebook’s thick bezel would appear to be anachronistic. While I’m not looking for a chromebook to entirely replace my Windows laptop, I was curious to see what this thing is capable of. I’m not talking about web browsing capability - we all know it is super fast on Chrome OS, but rather connectivity. Can the Dell chromebook do some of the things that I’ve taken for granted with my Windows laptop? Let’s find out. +Docking and Multi-Monitor Set Up. Yes you can set up a docking station with the Dell Chromebook. There are many docking station products out there. I use the Wavlink brand of docking stations which use the Display Link drivers. According to the Display Link website, the Display Link drivers are natively built-in to chrome OS. That is excellent, as I was able to connect two 25” external monitors making a three monitor set up (including the chromebook monitor). Extend and mirror options are available. I like going with the Extend option as this allows all three monitors to display different content. Additionally, you’re able to rearrange the monitors on the screen, just like in the Windows environment, so that your mouse cursor flows naturally across one screen to the next. I didn’t experience any performance hiccups either with this three monitor set up. I had a movie streaming on one monitor (in standard definition of course since HDCP is unsupported with my docking station), multiple tabs open on another screen, and a game going on a third screen. The Intel i3 process and integrated graphics are powerful enough for such multi-monitor, multi-tasking. It didn’t once bog down the chromebook. Wow! +Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. In addition to docking, I was able to connect a wireless keyboard and mouse. I use a Logitech Anywhere 2s mouse which I have customized the buttons from my Windows laptop. Unfortunately, those customized buttons do not work. Scroll wheel, hyper-scrolling, and basic mouse clicking, though, are fully functional. +Printer. Yes, you can connect to a printer. I have a wireless Brother All-In One that I connect wireless through wifi. The Dell chromebook connects flawlessly for wireless printing. If you don’t have a wireless printer, according to Google’s Help Page, you’ll still be able to manually connect through the old way of utilizing a usb wired connection from the Dell chromebook to your printer. +External Flash Drive / Portable External Hard Drives / Desktop Hard Drives. They’re all accessible on the Dell Chromebook from either the usb type A or type C ports. I successfully opened various files from the external drives on the chromebook. -Scanner. Your mileage will vary here depending on your scanner manufacturer. Scanning worked for me after I downloaded my printer (Brother) manufacturer’s iprint and scan software from the Google Play Store. -External DVD RW/ROM. Doesn’t work. No driver support in Chrome OS perhaps. You won’t be able to play your DVD movies on the Chromebook. Final Observations: *The keyboard has no CAPs lock key. However, there’s a trick. If you hold the ‘Alt’ and ‘Search’ key, CAPs lock will turn on. To turn it off, hold the ‘Alt’ and ‘Search’ key again. You can find this and a ton of keyboard shortcuts at the following Dell Chromebook keyboard guide website: https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln293875/dell-chromebook-keyboard-guide?lang=en *It’s nice to have a backlit keyboard, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. Apparently, it’s another trick. To adjust the backlighting on the keyboard or turn it off entirely, you’ll need to press and hold the ‘alt’ key and tap the increase or decrease screen brightness keys. Conclusion: The chromebook is all grown up and matured. It’s not limited to an educational setting, but is a worthy competitor in the consumer and business environments. Dell makes a very compelling and standout premium chromebook with the Inspiron 14” 2-in-1. Equipped under the hood with an 8th gen Intel core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128 of eMMC flash memory and with the excellent build quality that Dell has been known for, this is really an awesome machine for productivity and entertainment. It is fast, no, really fast. It features a ton of connectivity and makes a strong case for replacing the average consumer’s Windows PC. I was a skeptic of the chromebook before, but now after having used it, I think Google has something here for the long term. I hope Dell continues to turn out chromebooks with high, premium specs. This is a solid professional chromebook I would feel proud to walk in with at my next business meeting. I would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get Compelling Overall Value

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    nkpstudios
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    Dell Inspiron 2-In-1 14" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Urban Gray Model: C7486-3250GRY-PUS SKU: 6299820 UNBOXING and PRESENTATION I really wanted for this to be something special from Dell since this is their first premium Chromebook, but you get the standard Dell treatment. Nothing spectacular… just a brown box with plastic bags protecting the finishes. It seems Dell has the same packaging for you whether you spend $300 with them or $3,000. In the box you find the charging brick, the Chromebook, some instruction manuals, and plastic with your cardboard. I was immediately struck by how solidly built this is though! It has some heft to it. More to follow… - BUILD, PERFORMANCE, and DESIGN This is Dell's 1st premium Chromebook and they did well for their first build. It's beautifully designed and follows the Inspiron design language. I would say this is better construction than the XPS line. Here you get a beautiful matte gun metal gray hefty aluminum chassis and you can tell when you pick it up. It tips the scale at almost 4lbs which may be a deal breaker for some users. Chromebooks are very light in this price range. I found it a bit heavy to take with me after I have used my PixelBook. There are some sharp lines that take away from the overall feel of the device in your hands, but otherwise perfect. The processor is top notch not a Pentium or Celeron chip. You get an air cooled 2.2GHz 8th-gen Intel® Core™ i3-8130U chip. That means efficiency and performance BOTH! With 4GB you have plenty for productivity, gaming, streaming, etc all while multitasking like a boss. If you are buying this to run a bunch if Linux applications you may want to get a model with more RAM. Wireless performance is great. It supports up to AC wireless. Connections are solid and speedy. I feel this device provides just enough connections for external devices and for the price it is a top contender. The screen is the best you will find at this price point offering a bright and crisp picture. It is a FullHD 1080p IPS touchscreen display in the more recognizable 16:9 aspect ratio we are used to seeing. Nothing special as far as touch responsiveness, it is just average. The keyboard is black lit and may take some getting used to as far as key spacing. The strokes are smooth but a bit mushy for me, and have a nice tactile feel. The trackpad is above average in build, but I don't find it as accurate as I'd like it to be. I have to swipe multiple times to get it to move where I want it be and I find myself tapping on the screen a few times. Unfortunately because of design choices, you will need to use two hands to open it. Don't think you can use two fingers to start opening it, these hinges are super tight. Again, attributed to the solid build quality. The screen half of the device is very light and the two parts lack a cutout for finger placement. I can tell you the build quality is excellent if you can deal with the weight. The hinges are tight and do not wobble and wiggle with slight pressure like cheaper built laptops. I do have a testimonial concerning the durability here. This laptop fell from my kitchen counter to the hardwood floor and nothing major happened but a small dent in the corner of the body. It landed on the corner of the screen while closed and it just separated to absorb shock. I quickly snapped the bezel to the body and it was good as new. No screen crack or internal damage. An unintentional drop test that passes with flying colors. - USER EXPERIENCE AND FEATURES The experience on this Chromebook is on par with the PixelBook. No lagging and it works great. It runs ChromeOS and that means you get Chrome Webstore and Google Play Store access! That is something I love… OPTIONS! Now there is no need for an Android tablet if you have this. One less thing to charge. Battery life is excellent netting me around 7 to 7.5 hours of my heavy use. This means with video streaming, gaming, email, and some Microsoft Office work. The average user will not get this battery life, they will see closer to the 8-11hr range. I love that updates are handles directly by Google and this does not have Dell bloatware you find on Windows laptops. THANK GOD! As a result, this thing is snappy and very responsive while being power efficient. It boots up very quickly in under 8 seconds. The screen is very bright with accurate color and excellent viewing angles. The touchscreen is just average to me. The provided stylus is an added bonus I use for note taking. When I don't have my Note 9, this will be the fill in. The stylus itself is constructed well out of plastic. It does not need to be charged A compelling overall package put together by Dell. SPECS -4GB DDR4 Memory one slot available only. -128GB EMMC Flash Memory -Air Cooled 2.2GHz 8th-gen Intel® Core™ i3-8130U -Built-In Webcam and Backlit keyboard -14" 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) LED IPS Touchscreen - this is a nice display. Colors close to accurate but a little on the cooler side. There isn't any oleophobic coating (like smartphones) to guard against fingerprints so be prepared to clean this screen a lot. -3.5mm microphone-in/headphone-out combo jack, 1 USB, and 1 HDMI out -Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity (2x2, 867 Mbps) and Bluetooth 4.0. Lots to like... -Chrome OS - Auto updates and software patches from Google directly! Nothing better than that. It is a hybrid OS that blends Android and ChromeOS together in perfect harmony. Not all apps are optimized yet, but there has been great progress. -Stylus Builtin - This is just a nice to have. It isn't spectacular like a Wacom but it is functional. -2in1 Design w/ 360 flip & fold - this is a plus for a 2in1. They offer options but cannot completely separate from the keyboard. Not to like -Lack of Options - If you want more ram or a different chip in this frame factor… oh well. There is no option to upgrade RAM or storage. This is not your typical Dell build-a-product. There are no options. Take this or leave it. -Bluetooth 4.0 - Why are we still releasing 4.0 devices? It's almost 2019, we need BT 5.0 for more range with wireless and power efficiency. -Sharp Edges - This is just my preference, but I would like them to refine the edges and smooth things a bit. -Weight - I'd like this too be .5lbs lighter to be more comparable to other Chromebooks in this range. -It is kind of an awkward aspect ratio so it feels big for no reason. Tablet mode isn't close to a true tablet experience. It is big but weight is distributed evenly. -Non-upgradable RAM! Enough said. No option for them to or you to DIY it. Very disappointing. SHARE MY THOUGHTS GO/NOGO If you can deal with the weight, this is for you. 4lbs isn't much but compared to other Chromebooks this is on the beefier side. I would say this is great for a student or person invested in the Android ecosystem. Professionals can look here too for a portable work device. Lastly, this is built to last. This one is the best overall package on this price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance, sturdy build

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    TechnicallyWell
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    [[ Build and Exterior ]] Probably one of the first things you'll notice about this Chromebook is that it is somewhat thick. It definitely does not fall into the ultra-book category, but the aluminum exterior makes this unit feel very sturdy and durable. The Chromebook does seem oddly heavy, so I can't see myself using it in tablet mode (keyboard folded behind the screen) for long periods of time. On the outside of the unit are 2 USB Type-C port on either side of the laptop, a USB 3.0 port and headset jack on the left side and a Micro SD card slot on the right side. On the bottom is a built-in holder for the included stylus. The keyboard is also backlit, which makes late night typing much easier. [[ Display ]] The 14-inch display is ample without making the Chromebook overly large. Colors are sharp and the IPS display looks great from different angles. However, the screen is shiny and will definitely show glare from any light behind you, which is something to keep in mind if you plan to use this Chromebook outdoors. The display is a touchscreen, so you can use it for interacting with apps, or using the included stylus for drawing. The display also rotates all the way back, so you can hold the Chromebook in tablet mode or prop it up in "tent" mode for movie watching. Video playback, such as Netflix, looks great and playback is smooth, making this machine perfect for loading up offline Netflix shows for a long plane ride. [[ Performance ]] The i3 processor definitely makes a difference in the general "snappiness" of the machine. Opening tabs and web pages is fast and responsive. The unit also includes 4GB of RAM which some might consider too low for a Windows 10-based machine, but seems to be just fine with Chrome OS. I had 10 websites open on different tabs with a YouTube video playing in the background and the machine was still performing great. Thanks to the Google Play store, you can also install many Android games on the Chromebook. I tested out Asphalt 8 and the graphics looked incredible with very minimal stutter. Using Geekbench 4 Android app running on this Chromebook, it scored a 4490 single-core score and 9208 multi-core score. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a single-core score of 1960 and a multi-core score of 6472. [[ Battery Life ]] Dell states that this unit can run 10 hours on a single charge, and after 5 hours of web browsing, I still had about 60% of the battery remaining, so the 10 hour claim seems to be accurate. I've found that I'm able to recharge the Dell Chromebook with many "Power Delivery" chargers, such as the 5-port Power Delivery Charger from Anker. Connected to this charger, the Chromebook charged at a rate of 15V 2A (about 30 watts). Overall, this Dell Chromebook appears to be a strong performer with a strong exterior. It should definitely hold up as a daily driver while providing zippy performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Chromebook, Quite Impressed

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    DMNFL
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    This was my first Chromebook and I'm quite impressed. I'd played around on display Chromebooks a few times and my kids use them at school and love them, but I'd never owned one. I didn't have a good impression from the display models, but having this one for my own has completely changed my mind. I don't do any heavy computing at home, so the "Browser as an Operating System" thing is working great for me. I already used the Chrome Browser so there was zero learning curve there. There’s a little with notifications and those things, but nothing that will bother you. Setup was quick. Connect to Wi-Fi and sign in with your Google account. A few questions and you’re going. It imported my Chrome bookmarks and extensions and I was off. Took no more than 5 minutes. Maybe less, to be honest. Some extensions are designed for Windows only, as I found out. I have one that syncs my bookmarks to Safari on my iPhone (don’t judge, Googlers) and it doesn’t work. But every other one did. The biggest thing that has impressed is that it loads fast and operates fast. This model has a Core i3 and I'm sure that's making a difference, coupled with the SSD. Spend a little extra ad get a good processer and enough RAM like you would for any computer. There is just never any lag for anything. And those things coupled with the high speed internet at home provide a great experience. Battery life is off the charts compared to a Windows or Mac computer. After the initial charge, in 3 weeks I have only charged it twice. I hibernate my windows laptops to save the battery. I haven’t turned this Chromebook off yet. It’s awesome because it’s truly always available to me. The things that I hate doing on my phone or would rather do on a computer than a tablet I do right away now. I’ve totally stopped going for my iPads. They’re just toys for the kids now. Android apps are now available on Chromebooks and I thought that was a gimmick. I couldn't understand the point. Now I do. Apps like Snapchat that don't have a web version you can use on the computer. Or apps that you like the app interface version better than the web version. Or if you don't want to be in Facebook but want to use Messenger, you can do that. They're also available offline when the web versions aren't. Clearly to use them to their fullest you need to be online, but some apps have offline functions or things that you can still do offline. I family overseas that uses Facebook Messenger/Viber/WhatsApp and I don’t need to grab my phone or use the web version (Which I don’t like). One word of caution. Installing apps and having offline data makes this much more like a regular computer, so the lower SSD sizes on Chromebooks could become a problem as time goes on. Right now it's not, but I can see that coming. This is not a computer that I will store my photos and things like that on, so it will never be a problem for me. But I did want to throw out that thought in case someone might use it differently and store more. This is one of the longest reviews that I’ve written in a while and might actually be the longest I've ever written, so I hope that people have read through it all. I am really impressed with this Chromebook and use it a lot, and I enjoy using it. I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Google things fast

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    tbone
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    I only use this Dell 2-1 14" Chromebook for - All Things in the Google Universe (ecosystem), some other Play Store apps, social, internet, internet, internet and a writing app. I'm not doing 3-D modeling or heavy photoshop. Do I wish I had more money and purchased a Pixel Slate with an i5 or 17 and more memory, yes. This is 4 pounds and the keyboard if stuck to it. I would prefer something 2 lbs or under with a detachable keyboard and a faster processor for when I use demanding apps. So far however I have not had any issue. The outdated i3 processor is doing everything fast I have asked of it. I keep multiple applications open and 25 tabs without a hint of delay. Next time step up and spend some more coin, plus I had 10 minutes to decide as Best Buy was closing, I was in a hurry...After spending thousands on a mac (they have less expensive ones) this is great, just without Garageband, etc. I use the heck out of this and it has worked very well except the wifi range isn't spectacular, however I have an old single band router and an only one slow internet with poor maintenance and at 12mbps - in the middle of the desert. The battery life is excellent. I am looking forward to a tablet in the future that does not have a fan, still stays cool and with a faster processor. I was told because this was solid state and did not have a fan, I must have misunderstood, it has a fan. Things with hinges will fail. For the money it is so far so good. It was "on sale", isn't everything? I think some people who hate Windows like me, who like the Google cloud concept, and love the way this syncs to an android phone will like this set-up. It is like my mac before cat hair killed it and how it synced with my iphone, but less money. If I wasn't addicted to a stylus of the Note line of phones I might still have an iphone and I would have looked at ipads. This will help with my closeted wanna be writer ambition, research and most internet everything. It is fast for the things I do and boots up fast like a SSD should. Interactions are instant between Google apps. If you are in this price range (on sale only; It was $150 less), aren't doing things that require a high end processor, don't mind the 4 lbs and think 14" then maybe? If you have more coin and demand more from a device then step up I suppose. I've had this less than a month so time might change my opinion. If I had more time to choose and think about it I would have spent more, gone lighter, leaner and more powerful$

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Spot for Price & Performance for Biz Use

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    Zyvo
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    I am glad they are starting to release quality Chromebooks suitable for business needs. My company uses Gsuite for everything so it only made sense that I go to a Chromebook. I started looking around at the selection that had the new Gen 8 Intel processors. I bought the lenovo first but that thing was too huge, I couldn't even use it in first class on the plane it was so big. I took and back and got the dell... so far no complaints. First thing you will notice is the screen. The bezels are not tiny but not nearly as big as the pixelbook. I would like to see it edge to edge but they are good enough and it is covered edge to edge with glass which is a plus. Next thing you will notice is the keyboard... it is probably one of the best feeling keyboards I have used on a laptop. It is back-lit and they keys have a silicone type texture. The keys offer some snappiness but not like a mechanical by any means. It is a nice middle of the road typing experience which is what I like on my work machines. The keys have a nice spacing between them helping with accuracy. Overall very comfortable to type long emails and docs. It connects to my Dell USB-C dock that I got with my Dell XPS 9370 and everything worked right out of the box with no setup/config. I currently use dual monitors, keyboard, razer headphones, mouse, and keyboard, and cat-5. It even charged it very quickly. I like the ascetic frame around the mouse and the overall chassis is solid and feels quality. I am kind of on the fence using it as a tablet. It is pretty thick and kinda heavy in tablet mode but with that said, I do still use it as a tablet sometime. It is nice of them to include a stylus that hides in the bottom of the laptop. It isnt anything fancy, no special features, but it is accurate and usable for most writing & note taking. I mainly use it for markup and signing docs. Last piece, performance. I was expecting to see diminished performance with only 4gb of ram and only a gen 8 I3... not an issue. I was in a google hangout meeting with several tabs open and a game running (which I didnt know was still running) and it performed just fine. I would still like to see 8gb for piece of mind, and would of paid a little more for it, but so far it seems good thanks to the low need to run chrome os. All-in-all a great chromebook that can be used for both business use and media consumption but not in the ultrabook size category. Pros: -Sleek, quality build -Keyboard -Performance -Screen Cons: -Borderline too big for tablet use Neutral (could improve but not a deal breaker for me): -Stylus could be more comfortable for extended use. -Configuration (would like to see 8gb ram and maybe an i5) -eMCC storage (SSD would bulk it up quite a bit) -Speakers are ok for meetings but could be louder with more range for media

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfection, bio scanner would complete perfection

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    redderr
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    14 inch display is just the right size with the screen clarity and brightness levels just fantastic. Load and startup speed is faster than it takes to open up the laptop. It takes longer to input your password than to load up. The apps are blazing fast. WiFi Download speeds are off the chart as is the connection throughout my multilevel house. The storage available before you add apps is a little over 100GB. That may seem like very little but given the wide availability of cloud storage using various services (Google Drive, MICROSOFT One Drive and so on) I never found I was missing anything from my full sized laptop. Having never used the Chrome OS, I had a learning curve which was a bit steep but then quickly flattened out. Now I just love the OS, the slick touchscreen responsiveness, the 2 in 1 ability and the overall quality build. The power supply adapter connects to the laptop via a USB 3.1C port and quickly recharged the battery from 10% to 100% in under an hour. I also was able to get a bit over 6 hours doing light web browsing, photo editing, word processing and a few games played. A bio scanner would have completed the perfection of this Dell Chromebook. The price is a bit steep but the build quality is off the chart, the hinge is built for high daily usage, the back lit keyboard is a great feature, the tent mode is beautiful to have and use. Less I forget, you get a stylus that is built into its own slot on the front of the underside of the keyboard, easy to get to, easy to use and what a great inclusion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great business/personal/premium chromebook

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    rockhunter
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    The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook widens the spectrum for Dell from relatively basic education chromebooks to business/personal/premium chromebooks with the features typical in premium chromebooks and high performance. The Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook is a departure from most of the earlier premium chromebooks like the Pixelbook that proceeded it. As far as I know it is only in the last year that 2-in-1 style chromebooks with 14 inch or larger and FHD and better displays were introduced to the market. The earlier premium chromebooks from Google and other manufacturers were in the 11 to 13 inch display size. The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook and new high end models from several other manufactures have 14 to 15.6 inch displays. The first impression of the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook I had is that it is an attractive laptop with a simple dark gray all aluminum exterior that feels really solid. After unpacking the laptop and connecting the power supply for the first time and powering it on to perform the initial setup I got a surprise I didn't expect, a couple seconds of fan noise that so far has not repeated since. It wasn't obvious to me from the specs. that the Inspiron has a cooling fan but it does. I haven't heard it again even after hours of streaming video from Netflix and the laptop has never become more then barely warm to the touch so far, I suspect the fan might kick on when the laptop is in tablet mode. The second impression I had is that the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook is it is heavy, it weighs 1 to 1.5 lbs more then the 11.6 to 12.5 inch display chromebooks I have been using. Because of the weight it might not be a good selection for a child other then for use on a desk or table. Personally I have found it to be the heaviest chromebook I care to use in the same fashion I use the Google Pixelbook for example. As far as speed it is fast, I compared the Inspiron with several different 2-in-1 chromebooks with the same 64bit chrome OS on the same version looking at the boot up time from power on to login prompt. The chromebooks all had 4GB or more of RAM and Intell processors. In the test were Pentium Core I5, Core I3, Core m3, and Intel Celeron processors. The Intel Core processor chromebooks had boot up times of eight to nine seconds and the Inspiron was actually the fastest I tried. t\The Celeron boot up time was fifteen seconds. The display on the Inspiron looks excellent, of the high end chrombooks I have much experience with I think only the Pixelbook and the Samsung Chromebook Pro 12.3 have an tiny edge in display performance. Battery life for the Inspiron is claimed to be up to 10 hours, the one check I have done so far was starting with a full battery I ran five hours of video streaming from Netflix followed by 2.5 hours of email and web browsing 7.5 hours of usage. At the end of the test the chrome OS power meter said the remaining power was 34% so 10 hours seems like a reasonable estimate since I like to recharge before the battery drops below 20% remaining. The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook has a full complement of features, 2-in-1 touch screen style, active stylus with dock built into the keyboard bottom, backlit keyboard, FHD 14 inch display, fast performance, large storage expandable with a micro SD card. Of the physical and functional features the only one I would consider a neutral point not a plus is the weight. I recommend the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebook to my friends and relatives as a best buy in a business/entertainment chromebook. Our household has two Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Chromebooks now

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice student laptop…

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    cw77
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    I expected a cheap plastic feel, but it actually has a very nice, quality feel to it. Although, it is quite a bit heavier than I expected. I suspect most of that weight is battery, because the battery life on this is amazing! You can easily expect to get a full work/school day out of a charge. The charging brick is unobtrusive, and has a tail going to the wall, so you it doesn’t eat up more than one plug. The cord going to the USB C connector leaves the brick at an angle that allows you to easily wrap the cord around the brick, which is convenient for storage/decluttering. The USB side is also lit, which is rather unique, so you can easily tell if you have power. For those artists and hand-written note takers out there, a stylus is included, and there’s even a storage slot for it built in to the base of the Chromebook. Display is widescreen, so it would work well for watching movies. But, you’ll want some headphones or external speakers if you want good sound. Built in sound is not impressive at all. Speaking of watching movies, although the Best Buy description states that it has an HDMI output, it should be noted that this output is via the USB-C ports - NOT your ‘typical’ HDMI port. This unit is on the mid-upper range of the price spectrum, so I don’t think it would be good for younger users. However, if you have a responsible high schooler, or a kid heading off to college, this might be a solid choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, but do you even lift bro?

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    hitsuyoo
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    This is my 3rd Chromebook in past year. Not because they are bad products, but because they tend get taken from me by my family members. I really love the Chrome OS based laptops. They aren't super powerful, but really productive. I spent a week with this one and I believe I've fallen back in love with a DELL product. I never thought I'd ever say that again.This 2-in-1 is beautiful, with it's Urban Gray finish. And the keys feel great. the FHD display is gorgeous , for a Chromebook in this price range. It also has a stylus tucked away beneath it, to the right of the track pad . The back lit keys look and feel very premium. Speaking of premium, It 's got a fully aluminum body. DELL is known for making sturdy products anyway. I swear I could go on for hours and hours gushing about this Chromebook, but I'm just gonna drop a link to my online review, for a more in dept look at how I really feel. Now, the only problem I could possibly see in this unit is, the fact that it's so well built that it ends up weighing nearly 5 lbs. Good thing I workout often. As the name states, it's a convertible Chromebook. Meaning it can be used in laptop form, tent form and tablet form. That's where the issue lies. I don't see many people using this one in tablet form very much, considering the weight. But other than that, I totally recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade from their school Notebook. Have you seen the price tag? Go get yourself one. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C64ohZn6pZvTd63JR6gj9EOhYrIkbrl0yLLZCJm9hUM/edit?usp=sharing

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium Chromebook

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    My family is a fan of Chromebooks because they turn on fast and they rarely have glitches. This Premium 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron Chromebook has quickly become a favorite device as it is small enough to take on-the-go and it can be turned into a tablet. The gray metal design makes this laptop appear nice, sleek, and it feels solid. The active pen that comes with this Chromebook is simple to use, and it has its storage compartment under keyboard which makes it easy to keep the pen in one place. Furthermore, the battery life lasts a long time, which is what makes this device suitable for travel. The size of the keypad is big enough to allow movement of the pointer, and it is not bothersome as the texture is smooth. I like that the keys don’t feel cramped which makes typing comfortable. The best feature is the Full HD touchscreen; it is bright and with fantastic resolution. The speakers are along the bottom edges of the laptop, hidden, but it still does sound great. The sound is clear, efficient and quality are great. The thing that makes this 2-in-1 Chromebook the function is the ability to switch between a keyboard laptop into a tablet quickly. This laptop functions without a cooling fan thanks to its fast 8th generation Intel core processor. It does not overheat even after using it for a prolonged time. It weighs a bit more compared to the other Chromebooks, but it is still acceptable for mobility. This Dell 2-in-1 design sets it apart from other laptops. It is a premium Chromebook that I enjoy using.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slim, Attractive Hardware and Fast Performance

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    J0A0A7
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    Specs: 8th Gen i3- 8130u 2 core 4 thread processor 14-inch FHD thin bezel display 4gb of Ram 128gb of Storage Micro SD slot, x2 USB Type C port with charging capabilities on both ports and 1 USB A 3.0 full-size port. All around aluminum build that feels solid EMR Pen Backlit Keyboard Chrome OS The first impression out of the box is a good one. It’s compact, feels solid and small footprint that makes it a very portable device. The touch display is pretty good it’s bright, colorful and with minimal bezels. Speakers can get loud and clear too. Good display and speakers make it a good media consuming device. Dell also includes a pen that is located on the bottom panel with his own storage compartment. Writing notes or drawing with the pen is a good experience with minimal lag. WiFi and Bluetooth have been solid and fast. Performance is night and day compared to my old Chromebook with a low-end Intel Core Duo chip. With just having more than 6+ tabs open on Chrome browser with one of them playing YouTube music on the background it would start to slow down. The 8th gen i3 is a speedy processor that performs just as well as the previous 7th gen i5 U processor. The only bottleneck I can see would be the 4gb of ram. But for now, Chrome OS has done a good job when it comes to ram management. Another area that I noticed improvements is when playing demanding 3D games from the Google Play Store. My daughter likes to play Roblox on my Chromebook. On some of the levels, the GPU would struggle and gameplay would just slow down to a crawl. With the Intel UHD 620 GPU, it's been a smooth performer when it comes to gaming. Battery life is pretty good getting around 6-8 hours of mixed usage. For I/O ports you get 2 USB Type C ports that are used to charge the device. You also get a full-size USB 3.0 port along with a micro sd slot. The charging brick is very small and lightweight with an led light at the end of the cable to provide some light. The backlit keyboard is decent but I would of like a little bit more of deep travel and feedback. The trackpad area is a good size with a smooth surface. There is no individual buttons the trackpad itself is clickable. Overall the Dell 14 Chromebook 2 in 1 is a well built high-end device that can compete with other Chromebooks around this price range. You get a good display, processor, pen support and 128gb of storage. It’s a solid pick up that won’t leave you disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch Chromebook (and tablet!)

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    My current Chromebook is about 3 years old and the battery health has started to fade so I was really looking forward to an upgrade. This Dell Chromebook is exactly what I was looking for. Pros: - The keyboard is back-lit, allowing for dark room typing. - The screen easily rotates around and turns it from a laptop to a tablet. Most apps I use on regular tablets are compatible and the touch screen was very responsive. - 4GB of RAM and an i3 processor give you all the power you need. In tablet mode, games I've played on my tablet like Plants vs. Zombies run much better. - The power cord has a convenient LED light so it is easy to find when you are looking to plug in for a charge. - You have FULL access to the regular Google Play store and all the apps within. Most older Chromebooks limit the apps you can access. - Excellent battery life. - Fast boot up times, automatic updates, and no worry virus protection. Cons: - It's a little heavy for a Chromebook. But that is a decent sacrifice for the screen size, battery life, and power. - It isn't easy to open. While the design is sleek, it takes a little bit of effort to pry the lid open. You basically need to force your fingers in between to create a gap that will allow you to lift up the screen when the lid is closed. This was a poor design choice. I'm a big fan of Chromebooks and have switched from Windows laptops for several years now. This model is a great option for anyone looking to simplify their computing experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly fast and very able

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    I was skeptical when I saw that it is an i3 with only 4gb of memory-- however, it is a legit laptop on its own. I do not have much experience with Chromebooks until this one, but I do have android devices-- I have the pixel 3 and the original pixel, and two android tablets, so the google system is not new to me. I also have multiple laptops-- 8th gen i7s with 16gb memory PCs. This machine can compete with regular laptops. First of all, it is fast-- since chromebooks are like mobile devices on a laptop platform, it is like "over equipping" a machine. Chromebooks are app-based like android mobile devices. So it is not resource hungry. That i3 and 4gb memory is more than enough to run this machine. I open up the flap and it hardly needs any start up time-- it is right in your face ready to be used! Since it is a chromebook, I just sign in to my google account and everything I need is there-- my google sheet files , google docs, my keep notes, even my regular browsing data to pull up easily. On this chromebook, I won't need MS office-- unless I am a very old school user. everything is on the internet and this device brings it all to me. You know what's really good though? I cannot drain the battery at all! On my high-end PC, after 3 hours of use, I need to be mindful of my battery life. In this chromebook, I don't have to worry about battery-- I was switching from youtube tabs on the browser while I browse social media and was researching some items for 3 hours-- the battery meter has not even depleted a bit. It's like sorcery on a man-made machine. Like I said, these things you can do on a mobile phone, or a tablet-- but having the convenience of a dedicated keyboard, a good-sized screen (i mean 14 inches??), I think this is more than enough for regular users. Given that, it is a little bit on the heavy side. For what it can do, it is a little "over equipped"-- but I'm not complaining. It can be something you can carry around with you to get work done, without overspending on power machines. I have not used it for photo editing or gaming-- I think chromebooks are for light to regular users of daily tasks and I think emails, browsing, watching movies and such; this machine is more than ample. Oh, the speakers by the way are not that great-- it can be tingy-- but don't we all have headphones somewhere?-- and those work just fine, like any other laptop. I think this should be a staple for college students.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid build. Very good quality

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    First, I don't believe in Intel processor without a fan... The CPU getting hot is a normal thing that is caused by the processing load. In normal fashion Computers, the heat is controlled by either a mechanical fan or a water-cooled system. This laptop is equipped with Intel Core i3 (8th generation) processor that is handling Chrome OS in a very good way. Android apps are also running without glitches (the apps I mainly use). Booting time is fast (normal for chrome book). Linux is in BETA. It is working fine though (I use LibreOffice under Linux). It has only 4Gb of RAM. I wish it has 8Gb... Even though, I tried to stress it with many apps and several tabs and didn't notice any severe lagging. Just doing fine. Built-in camera is very good. Good enough for Skype, Hangouts and any online video communication... Battery charger is the way I like it: In line power adapter. It is a USB type-C connector with small LED indicator on the plug. Wires are long enough and it charges really fast. The Inspiron has 2 USB type-C connectors, one regular USB, Micro SD card slot and Headphone jack. I wish it has the comprehensive HDMI connector. It would make life easier. The laptop (chromebook) build is very good but kid of heavy when compared to other available chromebooks. Screen is ok! Colors are not as vivid as you see on some others but it is eyes friendly display. Typing with the keyboard is just good. There is no noisy click and still enough feedback. Back-light is obvious... Sound quality is ok! Kind of loud. Louder than I need any ways.. Battery life is very good. Way better than some other chromebooks I have/had. Touch pad is ok. Not the glass one but it is working very good. WiFi signal: Well, I'd say average. No real issues so far! Like no random disconnect or anything like that but Let's say it could be better. Maybe the WiFi indicator is deceiving. I am literally 4 feet from the WiFi router and it shows that signal is medium. I tried to go reasonably farther from the router and it remains connected. Touch screen? I am not a big fan of any laptop with touch screen... I use it occasionally for quick scrolling or browsing. It is just doing the job. I just love the gestures of Chrome OS tracking pad. I wish it can be applied to other Operating Systems... This Chromebook with indeed give you the first impression of: WOW when you will get it. I can guarantee that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Laptop

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    Makenna
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    I am a college student who is studying to become an elementary teacher and working at a daycare. I wanted a laptop that could also be used as a tablet because it’s helpful with the work I do. I like to use a laptop when working with kids because I can connect it to a big screen and have them use technology to enhance their learning experience. I also need to keep all of my lessons and information stored for future use. I bought a Dell Inspiron because the Best Buy worker kept pushing me to buy it, and it sounded like a good laptop. I cannot afford an expensive laptop, so I chose it because they were having a student sale, and it brought down the price significantly. This was two years ago, and my dell inspiron laptop has broken three times. The first time, the touch screen stopped working, and this was within the first 6 months of purchasing the laptop. The second time, the screws inside of laptop fell out and one of the hinges came out of the inside of the computer. After that, I only had one hinge keeping the top and bottom pieces together. The top piece was dangling and about to completely break off. I found someone to fix it, and it held up for a few months. My laptop is now doing the same thing it was doing before. A screw just fell out of the inside of the screen, and the hinge is beginning to come out. I have only used this laptop twice as a tablet because it makes a cracking noise any time you try to push the screen back. This laptop is supposed to be used as a tablet, and that was one of the reasons I bought it, but I can’t even use it for how it was intended. Beware if you are buying this product. The hinges are not made to even be moved at all. If you’re going to buy this, I would not suggest closing your laptop EVER. Don't even think about taking it to class or work because after a few times of opening and closing the laptop, it’ll break.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Makenna,

      We're very sorry to hear about the hinges on your new Chromebook. This is not the experience that we want any of our customers to have. We hope that you are still able to use your Chromebook in the condition that it is in now. If you have additional questions about your Chromebook you can check our Product Support Page here: https://dell.to/2GiL9h6.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-624-9896 Dell

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    well built chromebook

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    beefrob
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    The Dell latitude 14 inch chromebook is a very well built, quality machine. With this build quality does come some weight. The Dell is on the heavy side of other chromebooks in this size, but it does have an aluminum chasis, backlit keyboard and touchscreen, so the weight does offer something in return. The bottom edges of the sides do have a sharp edge to them which I don't like. When you pick up the chromebook from the sides the sharp areas are noticeable and uncomfortable to some degree. Setup was easy, but I did have a number of app crashes after the initial setup. Maybe there was an issue with the setup process or maybe the app were not compatible with chrome. The Dell chromebook does use the google app store so I may have installed some apps that were android only, but I did experience many crashes. After the first 2 days, and after uninstalling some of the apps, this machine is running excellent. Speed is great with the Intel I3 processor and the screen is really nice and bright. I really love the backlit keyboard as well. Touchscreen is responsive and it has handled all of the tasks that I have given it without any issues (after the firest couple of days). One nice feature is the stylus that comes with the Dell and is stored in a slot on the front of the machine. I have these with other laptops and chromebooks, but they are always missing since they aren't stored in the machine. This one is convenient to reach when you need it. Overall, I really like this chromebook. If I could make any changes, it would be to shave off a few ounces and work on the sharp feeling edges and this chromebook would be 5 stars easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great basic 2 in 1

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    Kat777
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    I have two of these 2 in 1 type laptops/chromebooks. One from Dell and one from another brand with a larger screen. I love the screen size of this Dell, it's great for my hands without feeling too large to use as a touchscreen. I wish it weighed a little less as it is quite heavy for the size of the laptop. The screen is great and gets a ton of use for Netflix/Hulu type services and the picture is always very clear. The sound from the speakers is great and it easily connects with my Bluetooth headphones for listening in quiet situations. I was pleased with the amount of android apps that were able to download but then quickly realized that a lot of the apps aren't made to work with screens this size or with 2 in 1s in general and ended up deleting the majority of the apps I downloaded as they just don't work well enough to take up space. The google chrome software took a few days to get used to but it is pretty intuitive for someone who hasn't used it before. The touchscreen is great and very responsive and after playing around with some settings to get the trackpad to scroll how I wanted I find I use that just as much as the touchscreen. I love the addition of the backlit keyboard to this laptop as my other 2 in 1 does not have this feature and it really stands out. The quality of this laptop feels sturdy and also has a very sleek look I've come to expect out of some of the newer laptops. All in all I think this is a great basic laptop, I'm not a gamer though and not sure how it would hold up to that type of daily use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice chromebook!

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    Longhorn74
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    My whole family loves this Dell Chromebook! It is definitely not what you think of when you hear Chromebook and that is a good thing. My daughter has a chromebook that does the basics, but this goes above and beyond. First of all, the setup was very easy to do. We also love how quickly it charges and how long it keeps the charge. We haven't timed how long the charge has been, but we haven't had to charge it for it for a while. We love how quickly the chromebook loads up, especially the kids as they seem to have less patience. The display on this Dell Chromebook is also very impressive. We love watching netflix at night on this and the picture is very nice. My kids have used it to do schoolwork on it and I have used it to do some work related jobs. This Dell Chromebook is a 2-in1, so having that option is great. At 14", once you flip it to a tablet, it isn't too cumbersome. When I have used it for work, I have also enjoyed having the option of using the stylus that comes with this Chromebook. Make sure you look under the chromebook to find the stylus. My wife uses the chromebook at night and she loves that the keyboard lights up really nice. The only complaint that we have about this chromebook, which isn't too bad, is that it only has one usb port. Overall, we are highly pleased with this Dell Chromebook. So if you are looking for an upgrade on your old Chromebook, consider this Dell as a great option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Battery Life!

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    TechGuru
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    The Dell Inspiron Chromebook is an awesome laptop, mostly due to its large 14" screen, combined with a 10 hour battery life. That means you can spend plenty of time watching videos, writing, drawing, and doing other work, without worrying about the computer running out of juice. This can be especially valuable as a work computer, as it won't run out of power in a typical 8 hour day. Do keep in mind that the 10-hour battery is dependent on the amount of use and power drain. Using Bluetooth speakers, or having your brightness all the way up will reduce your battery time. This Chromebook starts up almost immediately, meaning you can get right to work, even at a moments notice. The backlit keyboard is also great, meaning that even if you are in a lecture or presentation with little or no lighting, you can still see the keys as you type. The pen that is included is awesome for taking notes or drawing, and it fits away in a compartment in the computer itself, so everything is self-contained. As with all Chromebooks, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook has access to the Google Play library, meaning that virtually any apps (or games) you use on your phone, will translate over to this device. This is includes Google Play books, which means you can use this as an eBook reader as well, but when using it as an eBook reader, I typically set it in front of me, as it is a bit heavy to hold for evening reading.

    I would recommend this to a friend