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I've got a $250 dell giftcard I need to use. My 8 yr old tablet is about to bite the dust finally...super slow and can barely load apps or watch video anymore. I travel alot for work and have been bringing my laptop and my tablet on trips (watch downloaded netflix on tablet during flights). Looking to get a cheap 2-in-1 laptop at Dell, just can't decide if I want the Inspiron 11 3000 with windows 10 or the inspiron chromebook 11. What is everyones preference? I like the idea of having all the same apps available as my tablet...but the chromebook seems a bit bulkier, heavier, and maybe slower? Would the windows 10 inspiron be faster? They are $245 each currently. I would mostly use it for watching videos on the plane, or during long car rides, with web browsing and occasionally needed for veiwing word docs and excel spreadsheets.

One concern I read was that the windows 10 S mode locks you out of a lot of things. You can only download things from the microsoft store which is limited. And you are stuck with edge and bing for defaults which can't be changed. If that's true that's probably the deal breaker. Anybody know for sure?

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It is probably best to avoid Chromebooks all together due to limited update lifespan, Google tracking all the things and the one you posted seems a little too heavy.

Edge should be fine, as it is about to be based on Webkit (same as Chrome) and sounds like can have Adblock or similar plugins installed.

However review are not great on other sites of this unit and people complain that eMMC is too slow https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-I.../908672185

Maybe checkout local craigslist for better deal, if you are feeling like rolling the dice,
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Chromebook all the way!! I bailed on the mess called Windows back in 2013 and never looked back. Still have my first Chromebook (Acer C710) and it's still just as fast as the day I purchased it about 9 years ago. There's a really good reason why Chromebooks are still around and there's only one way to find out. Nothing wrong with keeping a Windows machine around (I do) but I spend 99.9% of my time on Chromebooks. Keep in mind that a cheap Chromebook is gonna be way faster and trouble free then a cheap Windows machine. Like someone said above, spend a lot more money if you're gonna grab a Windows 2-in-1.
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Hmmm, thanks for the inputs everyone. I'm still on the fence about which type to go with. I definitely want the 2-in-1 aspect with touchscreen since I'll be using it as a tablet half the time for watching video. In laptop form I would only need it for browsing the internet and occasional document use. Windows would be nice to stick with due to familiarity of my other windows computers. But would be limited for not having google play. Can you download netflix for offline viewing on a windows 10 s mode laptop?

For the chromebooks, are google docs just as good as using microsoft word? I'm wondering if I should just go with the samsung tab A 10" for about the same price...would be a much nicer screen and slimer form factor. But then I would have to spend extra for a keyboard.
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Chromebook all the way!! I bailed on the mess called Windows back in 2013 and never looked back. Still have my first Chromebook (Acer C710) and it's still just as fast as the day I purchased it about 9 years ago. There's a really good reason why Chromebooks are still around and there's only one way to find out. Nothing wrong with keeping a Windows machine around (I do) but I spend 99.9% of my time on Chromebooks. Keep in mind that a cheap Chromebook is gonna be way faster and trouble free then a cheap Windows machine. Like someone said above, spend a lot more money if you're gonna grab a Windows 2-in-1.
I second all of this. Chromebooks are what all computers should be these days. Rock solid stability and dirt cheap.

Run from Windows as fast as you can
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I imagine the chromebooks operate similarly to an android tablet would? Are even the cheapo chromebooks like what I linked worthwhile and fast enough? I'm considering maybe just going with another tablet like the 10" Samsuns Tab A since it's about the same price.
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Cheap Chromebooks start getting pretty snappy when Octane scores start get above 10,000. Another thing to think about is the fact that Chromebooks can't get viruses and are automatically updated. I watch lots of movies on Putlockers and other sites that I wouldn't dream of doing on a Windows lappy.
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FYI, you can install Android on a regular computer. Boot into either Android or Windows. https://www.android-x86.org/

I have a couple year old 2 in 1 Dell set up, works fine, including wireless. Of course, you'd need to double check compatibility of things like wireless.... Of course bulkier than a tablet. Keyboard works, so does the touchpad/mouse.

For simplicity, and "just working", kind of hard to beat a Chromebook though.

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You can make a liveusb of Android to see what it looks like, and run it on your computer to test, without installing or changing anything (of course, if the liveusb is compatible). Similarly, you can also run ChromiumOS that way too (without Android app access like ChromeOS).https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/dow...-computer/
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