joecooool wrote:If all you want is a unit that can surf the net, this is ok. ANY business use is out of the question.
I am a software developer and have used cloud-based development environments to develop software using a Samsung Chromebook (inferior to this model).
It is a different kind of computer. Essentially, it doesn't run programs. Once you get over that hurdle, your expectations become reasonable.
In exchange for "your computer cannot run programs", you get a thin/light laptop, a long battery life, online/offline document editing, presentation ability, streaming/entertainment ability, and "anything you can do on the web" capability. You get this for $200. How much is "ability to run programs" worth to you?
I use the Chromebook as a laptop replacement, and it has not replaced the hexacore computer that I use for code compilation. The most common uses are:
- stream something to TV via HDMI cable
- edit documents on the go
- general web browsing
- general social browsing (let me show you something... not on my phone)
Generally, when sitting on the couch, my fiance and I debate about who gets to use the device.