Don't worry about that whole Superfish thing; there's no Windows, and therefore no spyware, on this laptop.
Rick BroidaSenior Editor
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What makes this a 2-in-1 as opposed to a, um, 1-in-1? Simple: The screen can rotate a full 300 degrees, thus allowing you to transition between regular laptop mode and "stand" mode. That tends to be preferable for things like watching movies and playing games.
Frankly, I don't know why it can't just go the extra 60 degrees and convert to a full-on tablet, but with a price like this, it's hard to argue about limitations.
The system features an 11.6-inch touchscreen, an Intel dual-core Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of solid-state storage -- all fairly standard for a Chromebook, and sufficient for the kinds of tasks you're likely to perform with it: Web browsing, e-mail, Google Docs, Netflix streaming and so on.
Lenovo, as you may recall, was the recent recipient of a much-deserved black eye for the whole Superfish debacle. Not an issue here: No Windows means no spyware. (Also no blue screens of death, driver headaches or gradually diminishing performance.) This is purely anecdotal, but most people I know who have tried a Chromebook have loved a Chromebook. (We've got two in the house, and they're honestly far better than I expected.)
Oh, and as for this particular model, CNET rated it an 8.0 (out of 10) and praised its battery life, keyboard and design -- statements based on a $330 price tag. At this price: woot!
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