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Dell - Inspiron 2-in-1 14" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Core i3 - 4GB Memory - 128GB eMMC Flash Memory - Urban Gray
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well built chromebookPosted
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 aren'ticeable 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
First Chromebook, Quite ImpressedPosted
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've 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's 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've only charged it twice. I hibernate my windows laptops to save the battery. I'ven'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'm 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
A FAST Professional Chromebook!Posted
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