My main goals are to (1) have a backup computer (2) to have something that will handle the continuing bloating of websites in the future, and (3) to buy a computer while they still have at least a few features I like (e.g., USB ports).Processor: 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1215U (10 MB cache, 6 cores, 8 threads, up to 4.40 GHz Turbo)
Memory: 8 GB: 1 x 8 GB, DDR4, 2666 MT/s
I use my laptop as a lightweight desktop...plugged into wall power, so battery life is not an issue.
I mainly want to be able to go to financial and shopping sites without too much slog. My existing, older laptops are good for most everything else.
- Only $300. That's more than the Inspirion 15 I bought 5 years ago but it has an SSD while my existing ones have spinning drives
- No ethernet port and I use ethernet maybe 98% of the time. I can get an adapter but that would use up one of the USB ports.
- It has Windows 11 and I rarely use Windows, but there isn't an option on the Dell page to order this laptop with Linux or without an operating system.
- Only 8GB Ram. I was thinking 16GB might be better to "future-proof" the machine. Sure I can upgrade but based on past experience of doing upgrades, if there's a way to screw it up, I can find it! )
- Are the processor and RAM enough to get me through anticipated continuing heavy websites in the future? Is the use of an SSD more important than the RAM or processor?
- Any noise issues?. All Dells I've ever used are quiet and I want to make sure that hasn't changed. I do prop up laptops on little feet to promote heat dissipation.