So, it's been a long day and perhaps I overreacted to the annoyance that is Microsoft Edge. I can drive a stake through its heart later. I downloaded Chrome, logged in, and it's like the E pain never happened. I still want to get Edge and its memory-hogging relatives off this tiny, precious little machine, but that will be a job for this weekend, because I have four glorious days off to mess with it.
Otherwise I like this teeny device just fine. It's not a true laptop, and the negative reviews on Amazon made me roll my eyes. You paid $199 for a laptop and you're bitching about the speaker quality? Seriously? It's a featherweight little gadget like a child's toy that has some laptop like qualities, and it is more flexible than a Chromebook, which can't do the aforementioned ubiquitous Windows. I could in theory do actual work on this, but that's not likely. But with Chrome as my default browser everything works fine, and I do have Office 365 if I want to write something in Word and save it in Evernote or Dropbox. Nearly all the negative reviews are about the storage capacity, which is buyer failure - didn't you read the specs? Also, if you do want to buy one, don't get it from an Amazon or Best Buy or whatever. That version will be loaded with crapware you'll have to waste time cleaning out. If you get it from Microsoft.com, the only crapware you'll have to wrestle is the aforementioned Microsoft Edge. Still $199, light as a feather and cute as a button. It's not a real, grownup laptop, but it's an awesome little thing for casual use. So far, I feel I got what I paid for.