Chromebook 13,I3 5005U 4Gb,16Gb Ssd,1Yr Basic
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This might be the best quality built laptop with a base price under $500. I've been to Best Buy and seen what passes at $800 Windows machines that aren't ultrabooks including Dell's own Inspiron line. Forget that the display models at Best Buy freeze and lock up with Windows 10, they simply don't have the fit and finish this machine has. Clearly Dell takes it's business machines much more seriously than their consumer grade machines in stores.
This machine is made of aluminum and has a carbon fiber touch at the top. The backlit keyboard is very clicky and responsive. It's the best keyboard I have ever used on a Chromebook or a notebook not called Macbook Pro. Same goes for the glass trackpad, which i've read Dell brought over from the $1000+ XPS line (another highly reviewed Dell business product). Simply put, Dell's machine easily puts Windows computers hundreds of dollars more expensive on notice. This is big milestone in Chromebook design, and I hope Dell keeps improving on this line.
Wicked fast (the i3 5005u), marathon battery life, great track pad and keyboard. Build quality is Macbook Pro-like and it looks great in my opinion. Speakers are bare bones though, iPad Air 2 and smartphones surpass. They really are horrible; it almost sounds like the speaker blew out as it rattles during playback. This combined with the inability to download Spotify makes for a mediocre audio experience in all honesty. (but Android apps coming to Chromebooks will make this a non-issue.)
I had a Toshiba Chromebook 2 (atom processor) for a couple days before this and while it has some bright spots- glossy screen allows for better color and contrast but not by that much, speakers are as good as it gets at this price point but mid range Windows laptops can be better especially in the lows and mids- this laptop is worth the extra money as it feels like it could survive a road trip or a fall off of the couch. The Toshiba feels like it is only suitable for light use; the display is very thin and light to fault. But the TC2 2015 models with the better chips and stellar speakers make me ~almost~ regret not going with a Toshiba instead. I think I'm taking the keyboard, trackpad, and overall build quality of this Dell for granted, though. But gosh, if they could have put good speakers in, I would have paid an additional $100 and had myself the perfect mid-range laptop.
Lastly, I'm using this as my main laptop since my 4+ year old Lenovo Ideapad Y570 Hdd died. I wanted a modern, sleek, and fast laptop as a replacement that wouldn't break the bank and this met my overall expectations but gives me pause in the audio department.
It feels very premium, the keyboard is amazing, and it's insanely fast (especially with the i3 processor). The battery life is also ridiculously good and unlike anything I've ever seen before. For the folks who refuse to consider ChromeOS due to the limitations of the operating system, I installed Ubuntu in a day or so after reading/watching some guides. It's not perfect, and the ChromeOS experience is so good, that I'll probably remove it anyway. However, it's nice to know it's there as an option and if you absolutely need a Windows application you can make it work without too much effort.
I'm also using a 24" external monitor with an HDMI to DVI cable and it works flawlessly. In no particular order, here are the things I am loving about this machine:
- very light and sturdy
- runs silently and doesn't seem to generate any heat
- keyboard is perfect and includes backlit keys
- display is beautiful and it's easy to adjust the resolution if you find the font too small (I did)
- ports and setup are convenient and include exactly what I need (HDMI, 2 USB)
- battery is best I've ever used/seen
- trackpad is premium, glass, and feels exactly like my Macbook Pro
- Chrome OS experience is nearly flawless, especially if you enjoy the Google ecosystem and its products
Not sure I really have any gripes yet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As other reviews have done, I will not go into detail on the pro's and con's of Chrome OS. Everything here is about the actual device. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geordi K
Bought this after returning the Toshiba Chromebook 2. It's better in every way. Use it with Crouton for linux development and it's just fantastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt
Shipping to mexico took a bit too long. But not entirely unexpected. I am quiet happy with the machine.Published 1 month ago by Y savelyev
The first day I received this Chromebook the screen flickered and after a few days the entire monitor failed to power on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Coleman
It is amusing to hear some users say that more than 4GB RAM is overkill for a Chromebook or that a fast processor is an unnecessary accessory or that you don't need to interact via... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Toand Fro
This is the Chromebook to get if you want premium materials, a comfortable keyboard, and don't want to drop $1000 on a Chromebook Pixel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brendan A. MacWade
The Dell Chromebook 13 is an incredible laptop. You can get the Toshiba Chromebook 2 with its own 1920x1080 IPS screen, but the other hardware inside and outside this Dell make the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Seaworthy
this is our second family chromebook after the original HP $200 chromebook which we've been using as the media room shared laptop. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jong Lee
Hands down the best chromebook. I have the i3 model with 4gb ram. The HD is upgrade able as well. Its made with premium materials and feels very solid. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RafMan
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