I bought mine about a month ago from woot and I love it. Absolutely no regrets! These sell out very quickly! So if you are having doubts... just spend the $200. You already know the laptop itself goes for $300+ without the "Hotspot" and if you were to purchase it with the "Hotspot", it can run you upwards of $500. SO -- AMAZING DEAL.
The laptop itself is light and you can easily carry it with you anywhere. Connect to the Internet and give yourself a little time to look something up.
Obviously T-Mobile is trying to attract new customers and doing a good job. Depending on where you live, 4G LTE is the best, but most other Internet speeds are good too if you are just looking up certain things. If you are buying this computer with Internet connection in mind through T-Mobile, I advise you check T-Mobile's website to see if you are covered. They did away with contracts which was a smart move. If you hate it, than you just paid for the month. If you need more memory, than you just pay "as you go". 200 MB is obviously not enough to do anything on a laptop. It tends to go quickly -- T-Mobile always rounds up to the nearest MB so it goes quick. I'm not sure if they do it purposely, but I used it up in about 2 or 3 days and I did not want to wait a month for another 200 MB. I ended up switching the SIM card and putting it on a friend's plan, who was already a T-Mobile customer. While T-Mobile has this great deal, they provide me with an even better plan at $30 a month for 5gb because of a $10 discount each month. So if you got a friend, ask them to add you to their plan. Make sure you confirm and get everything in writing before you agree to anything. But again - if you are not happy with it - cancel it after the month is up.
I didn't want to get Comcast or another Cable Internet company in my apartment. I am an Internet-addict and wanted to get that under control, since I work on the Internet all day long. So I needed some free time and self-control too. At least with the T-Mobile card, it allows me to limit my time on the Internet when I am in the apartment. So I am glad it came with the T-Mobile service.
I run a website on WordPress and had no issue with getting photos or writing articles and updating it. The only thing the Chromebook lacks as far as photos goes is the ability to resize photos, but the WordPress editor itself can resize photos. The Chromebook itself is extremely fast, as I've had over 20 tabs open at once.
I recommend it for everyone, beginners and advanced. If all you do is mostly use the Internet, this is for you. If you are advanced, you will want to install Ubuntu (Crouton) on to it so you can have some Linux features -- Filezilla (FTP), Chrome (web browser), GIMP Photo Editor (Photoshop), Steam Games, LibreOffice (Office applications), Skype (Chat), and just about any other app you could ever need. All for FREE.
Netflix and Hulu work on the Chromebook and you can probably get away with watching 2 full length movies because the battery life is amazing -- with no active Internet, the computer will run about 8 hours. With Internet turned on, you can get anywhere from 5 to 7 hours. The downside of this is probably the fact that you cannot get a DVD and watch it. Though -- and it has not been tested, but you could probably install Linux with the DVD codecs and all that and get a USB DVD drive and plug it in and watch your movie - I haven't tested this, but it may work.
You can turn the Chromebook into a powerful computer that can suit your every need. Many articles say the Chromebook falls short because "it's just a browser" - those users have not explored the full potential of the Chromebook. You can expand it all either through Chrome Extensions or installing Linux. I love using the Chrome OS side for simple fast browsing and ease, but if I need something more advanced, I switch over to Crouton and use the Linux apps I installed through the Terminal. Cost? FREE.
Best of all: updates are fast, no viruses, no malware, and always remains fast.
If you are a Chrome user, there is no learning curve. If you aren't, there is not much of a learning curve. If you have ever used a Windows computer, you will be fine using it.
Trust me, I never thought I would give up my Macbook for anything. And I still use it, but I find myself using it less and less and favoring the faster Chromebook more. I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THIS COMPUTER FOR ANYONE! WELL WORTH THE PRICE!