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One of the reasons you see a lot of Chromebooks with as little as 16GB of storage is because Google’s Chrome OS is primarily designed to run web apps, not local apps that you install on built-in storage. That’s starting to change with support for running Android apps and with devices that have up to 512GB of storage, like Google’s Pixelbook.

But what about Windows laptops? For the most part, you’re probably going to want a lot more storage than you’d find on an entry-level Chromebook. But you can theoretically treat a Windows machine like a Chromebook by installing as few native apps as possible and primarily using it to surf the web.

And that’s the sort of thing you can easily do on a computer like Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000 notebook with a dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It normally sells for $200, which puts it in Windows-alternative-to-a-Chromebook territory. But right now Dell is selling it for just $129, which makes the limited memory and storage look reasonable.

I wouldn’t suggest most people use a machine like this as their primary computer. But it’s a bit more versatile than a Chromebook if you’re looking for a cheap laptop to use at coffee shops or on vacation. Or maybe you just want to give your kids something that it’s OK for them to break.

Here are some of the day’s best deals.

Laptops and convertibles

Windows tablets for under $100


You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.

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13 replies on “Deals of the Day (3-09-2018)”

  1. Do not buy them. They are awful. 2GB of RAM is not enough for Windows+Browser or Windows+anything else. 32GB is not enough for Windows 10+updates, let alone user’s programs.
    I personally have Dell Inspiron 3137, before I changed RAM and replaced storage it was unusable.

  2. My 16gb Chromebook has more free space than most 32gb Windows laptops after Patch Tuesday. On top of the bloated Windows OS, the hidden Windows recovery partition takes a huge chunk storage space. I won’t even consider Windows laptops with less than 64gb of storage.

  3. Even with minimal installs windows updates eats up all hard disk space and makes computers with 32GB something to wrestle with. Hardware manufacturers and Microsoft both need slapping.

    1. Works quite well….i rdp using teamviewer from an hp stream 8 tablet with only 1 gb ram and atom running windows 10.

      You should create a bootable usb drive of the windows Spring Creators Update to keep as backup if you have update issues and want to clean install.

        1. Yep just simply search the words “windows 10 media creation tool” and the SCU is a good build to create a usb of since it is looking very stable in insider builds, 8gb usb needed. You may have to disable secureboot when doing a clean install..

  4. It would be interesting to see if one of the lite versions of Linux would run well on one of these.

    1. Most of the mainstream Linux distributions work fine on 2GB of RAM, you wouldn’t even need a “lite” distro.

      1. Agreed. Ran Ubuntu 12.04 on 2GB’s just fine for a couple of years. Only started lagging a bit when I opened up too many tabs…but other than that it ran everything just fine.

    1. If you click on the separate packages they are free for “limited” time. Whatever that means.

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