The keyboard is the hard plastic that penalizes heavy-handed typers, and the keys are on the small side, but there's enough space around the buttons to minimize misfires. The top-row function keys and lower-right cursor keys are half-size but still useful. The trackpad is large and responsive, and I like the softer feel of the plastic around the trackpad.
The overall construction feels solid. The dark-gray plastic chassis should hide smudges and light dings. I'm amused by the name Dell gave this color, though: "Foggy Night?" Given the educational bent, why not "Scarred Blacktop" or "Old Sneaker Sole?" Ah, the missed opportunities.
Dell's Chromebook 11 is a good execution of an inherently limited kind of product. I'd love to see Dell keep at this and take a run at HP's Chromebook 14. Why should HP have all the fun?
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