Re: Better options
I bought a low-end Dell Windows 10 laptop (11 inch display, Celeron N3060 CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC) a few months ago for $180 US including shipping. With only a 32GB eMMC "hard drive," it has no business having Windows on it at all, as many people have found that 32 GB Windows 10 devices don't even have enough space free to go through the Windows 10 upgrade process to 1709 (that... may not be a bad thing), but I knew that when I ordered it. I put Mint on it as soon as it arrived, and even with several more programs installed than the already pretty decent selection with which it comes, the 32GB eMMC is still only a third full.
It doesn't boot in five seconds, but it resumes from sleep in about one second, and it lasts many hours on a battery charge. Not a bad deal to get a real OS and not have Google in the loop!
Really, with the specs this little laptop has, it seems to be a Chromebook that came with Windows more than anything else, but for the price I paid, I get a full PC UEFI rather than the Chrome version (no developer mode requirement here), and the Microsoft tax doesn't even seem to be a factor. Chromebooks with only half the RAM and half the storage space are going for what I paid for this one right now.