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Dell - Inspiron 2-in-1 14" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Core i3 - 4GB Memory - 128GB eMMC Flash Memory - Urban Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 113 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Chromebook

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    Dakota
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    Bought this for my fiance. She just needed something for web browsing and YouTube basically. So much faster than compatible priced windows machines. If you don't have software heavy needs then I would check this out. The hardware has a nice premium feel to it as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Inexpensive and gets the job done

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    GreenEyes
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    This is for light use - email, web surfing. Perfect option

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    RP33
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    Absolutely love this Chromebook! This thing to totally exceeded my expectations! Well worth the money!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good layperson's computer with high performance

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    Taryn
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    This chromebook has an interface that is very accessible to the everyday user whether they are used to running an iOS or Windows system. The design is very sleek and simplistic, and it takes no more than a few minutes to feel accustomed. Features G suite that is very familiar in functionality and design to Microsoft Suite -- and without the need for any subscriptions or privileged access. Definitely worth the cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer

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    Doug
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    Great computer for the price. Flip screen is an added bonus. Easily connects to printer and other accessories. Much better than my MacBook

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for my needs

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    Moffaman1964
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    I originally purchased a Windows based laptop, which is what I've always had. But after realizing that I needed a lot more memory and then have to get ANOTHER licence for Office, I decided to try the Google OS. Soooo Much happier with the cost, performance and can use Google set of tools to meet my needs. Also, most of what I use this for is basic browsing so again this is great. Lastly, since I already had a Google user name etc it was like it was tailored for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very premium at a lower cost.

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    mn050711
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    This Chromebook has been great so far. The metal body is nice and rigid and the screen looks great. The only complaint is that the track pad could be better. It's a little loose feeling but evidently they all are. Wish it had 8 gigs of RAM too but it's fast RAM so it works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Chromebook for the money

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    Matamm
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    I was looking for a laptop but couldn't find a good one within my budget. I walked into Best Buy and they happen to have a sale on the chromes. So far, it's been a great! Much more efficient than what I expected! Would totally recommend it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Chromebook

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    Robert
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    This is my first Chromebook and I have to say I'm loving it. I purchased it from BestBuy because they had all the other one's I was interested in purchasing, in stock and on display. They were all good but I went with Dell for the build, the screen, memory size, and expandable memory via SD card. This Chromebook just flies it is super fast, I love Dells keyboard it feels like an old friend and it works for me. This was a great buy and when it dropped 150 bucks Bestbuy price matached and sent me the difference no question asked. I don't really have any negative things to say about it, it checks all the boxes for me and I'm truly enjoying it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium Chromebook

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    SimpleLiving
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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

    Forget what you think you know about Chromebooks

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    pinkoos
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    When someone mentioned Chromebook to me in the past, it elicited a mental image of a small, cheaply made, plastic-y laptop with a dull, washed out grainy screen. Well, I guess those days are over b/c this Dell is built like a premium laptop except that it's a Chromebook. So, in my mind, it combines the best of both worlds - the great build quality of a premium laptop with the great software of Chrome OS. The screen is retina class (like a Macbook Pro) and bright. As others have mentioned, the screen can flip over to go into a tablet-like mode or form a "tent" to go into an ergonomic, easy to use touchscreen, video watching mode. Chrome OS has matured tremendously and has become a viable operating system. The 4GB RAM doesn't seem to handicap this system in my experience so far. The 128GB storage is actually overkill in my opinion, as the whole purpose of Chrome OS is to store most things in the cloud. But, it's a nice feature and I assume that it's the bare minimum a consumer would expect to have in this premium class Chromebook. The only cons that I've come across is that the laptop is pretty heavy and I don't like the positioning of the stylus - I think it would've been nicer to have it insert into the side of the laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great screen and keyboard, fast, just ok trackpad

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    clocks212
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    The device feels super premium, as good as any dell laptop. ChromeOS with an i3 processor just flies. The screen is nice and very bright (brighter than my xps 13). Works perfectly with the Dell WD15 USB C dock connected to two 1080p monitors. Keyboard feels great to type on. The touch pad is a little "sticky" on my slightly moist fingers. Compare that to the xps 13's trackpad which is super smooth 100% of the time. The pen works great although I'm not an artist. I couldn't see any delay when drawing or writing in the Google Keep app. My only other complaint besides the trackpad is the weight. It feels heavy at 4lbs, although that isnt an outrageous weight for a 14" laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Google things fast

    Posted
    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've not had any issue. The outdated i3 processor is doing everything fast I've 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've 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'm 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

    Great business/personal/premium chromebook

    Posted
    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium Chromebook

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    schembfs
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    Metallic construction and glass covered screen makes it look and feel more expensive than it really is. Boots up really fast. Long battery life. @@@@@@@@ about 10 hours on medium brightness). Reasonably light for a 14 inch 2-in-1 laptop/tablet. Backlit keyboard. Runs Android games and apps. Includes stylus. Excellent device for multimedia entertainment. Two USB 3.1 Type C ports than can also be used for charging. Small AC adapter. Snappy 8th gen Intel Core I3 SoC and eMMC storage. Quiet and doesn't get hot. Cons: some backlight bleeding in dark environments. Glass on screen is a fingerprint magnet and prone to glare and reflections. No HDMI (minor complaint as the USB-C ports can be used for external display connection @@@@@@@

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs a punch!

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    glspark2007
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    I replaced a first or second generation Chromebook with this one. Honestly, there's almost no comparison. With the first Chromebook, it was a convenient tool for checking email, watching Netflix, or maybe downloading a small app for games. With this Dell Chromebook, well, I almost forgot it was a Chromebook. It definitely is premium and felt much more like using a regular laptop (in terms of functionality and capability). It's small but seems to be built incredibly well. I feel confident that it's sturdy and will hold up to long term use. Despite how sturdy and functional it's, it's also beautifully made/designed. It's super thin and looks professional. It's crazy to me that a Chromebook has a Solid State Drive, that's an amazing perk. Also, like so many laptops these days, this has the ability to be folded up and used like a tablet. The touchscreen is very responsive without being overly sensitive. You also get a stylus/pen that's built right in. I wish there had been something like this on the market when I was in school. This would make an amazing computer for a student (also great in a professional setting). I really have nothing negative to say about this. It's a powerful yet compact little machine that gives Chromebook quite a boost.

    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'd 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 IntelR CoreT 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's 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 don't 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 IntelR CoreT 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 -IntelR 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's 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'sn'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 isn't 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'd 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's kind of an awkward aspect ratio so it feels big for no reason. Tablet mode isn't close to a true tablet experience. It's 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'd 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: 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's, 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

    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

    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's 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's 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's 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's 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's 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've customized the buttons from my Windows laptop. Unfortunately, those customized buttons don't work. Scroll wheel, hyper-scrolling, and basic mouse clicking, though, are fully functional. +Printer. Yes, you can connect to a printer. I've 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's 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